Big Ten Men's Golf Championships Preview
April 23, 2008
Michigan State University is set to play host to the 2008 Big Ten Men's Golf Championships, which will be held Friday through Sunday, April 25-27, at the Forest Akers West Golf Course in East Lansing, Mich.
With all 11 conference schools participating, the 89th edition of the Big Ten Championships will be 72 holes of competition with 36 holes Friday (April 25), 18 holes Saturday (April 26) and a final 18 holes Sunday (April 27). The Forest Akers West course will be set up for a par of 72 and 7,013 yards.
Michigan State and Minnesota return as defending co-champions as the Gophers came rallying back in the final round of last year's event recording 11 fewer strokes than the Spartans to force a tie. This marked the first time in Big Ten men's golf history that there have been co-champions.
Four individuals are rated in the nation's top 100 and enter the weekend as possible favorites. Indiana's Jorge Campillo, the winner of seven career Big Ten Golfer of the Week awards, leads his conference peers at No. 25. He is followed by Michigan State's Ryan Brehm at No. 45. Brehm finished the 2007 event tied for fourth. Minnesota's Clayton Risk sits at No. 47, and Michigan's Tim Schaetzel rounds out the conference contingent at No. 86.
The 2008 event marks the fifth time Michigan State has served as host in East Lansing and the first time since 1998. Ohio State has won two of the four championships held at MSU with Indiana and Purdue claiming one win each in East Lansing.
In the history of the Big Ten Men's Golf Championships, each of the 11 conference squads have captured the team title at least once. Ohio State leads all teams with 23 wins, followed by Michigan and Purdue with 12 each. Indiana and Northwestern each have eight, while Illinois and Minnesota are both seven-time winners.