Big Ten Match Play Championship to Begin 2010 Season

Feb. 10, 2010

2010 Big Ten Match Play Championship Bracket

All 11 men’s conference golf teams will begin the 2010 season at the Big Ten Match Play Championship slated for Feb. 12-13 in Coral Springs Fla, at the Heron Bay Golf Club.  The course layout is expected to be a 7,268-yard, par-72. The Big Ten Network will be on hand to televise the event, airing tape delay coverage on Sunday, March 14 at Noon ET.

Competition begins on Friday with 10 conference squads vying in first round competition. Defending Big Ten champion Illinois received a first-round bye by virtue of their top seed in this weekend’s tournament. The Illini will face the winner of eighth-seeded Penn State and ninth-seeded Purdue in quarterfinals action on Friday afternoon.

The remaining quarterfinal matchups pit fourth-seeded Minnesota against fifth-seeded Indiana, third-seeded Michigan facing the winner of the Northwestern (sixth seed)-Wisconsin (11th seed) match, and second-seeded Iowa facing the victor of the seventh-10th seed match between Ohio State and Michigan State, respectively. Semifinal and title matches for both championship and consolation brackets will be contested on Saturday.

Each paring consists of six individual matches between the schools. Indiana emerged with the team crown at last year’s inaugural event as the Hoosiers defeated Michigan in the tournament final.

Last year, the Big Ten became the first conference to enact the new NCAA Golf Championship format in which the 30 schools at the NCAA Finals compete in 54 holes of stroke play, narrowing the field to eight before using match play to determine the winner.

The 2010 Big Ten Match Play Championship marks the fifth national telecast of golf on the Big Ten Network. In addition to the premiere Big Ten Match play event in 2009, the Network also televised the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge in the fall of 2007 as well as the 2008 and 2009 Big Ten Championships.

Three conference programs begin the 2010 season rated in the top 50. Illinois begins the spring campaign ranked No.7 nationally in the Golfweek computer rankings. Michigan and Iowa round out the conference contingent inside the top-50 squads at No. 36 and 47, respectively.