Ohio State to Play Host of 2007 Big Ten Men's Golf Championships
April 25, 2007
The Ohio State University is set to play host to the 2007 Big Ten Men's Golf Championships, which will be held Friday through Sunday, April 27-29, at the OSU Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio.
With all 11 conference schools participating, the 88th edition of the Big Ten Championships will be 72 holes of competition with 36 holes Friday (April 27), 18 holes Saturday (April 28) and a final 18 holes Sunday (April 29). The OSU Scarlet Course will be set up for a par of 71 and 7,444 yards.
Northwestern is the defending Big Ten Champion, as the Wildcats captured the 2006 title by nine strokes over Minnesota last year in Lake Forest, Ill. Individual champion Chris Wilson of Northwestern will face a tough task of repeating as the top-seven finishers from last year's event will take to the course this weekend.
Entering this weekend's event, five Big Ten squads appear in the current Golfweek/Sagarin Top 50 national rankings. Michigan State leads all conference teams at No. 26, while Minnesota is 29th, Northwestern is 33rd, Wisconsin is 48th and Purdue is 49th.
Seven individuals are rated in the nation's top 100 and enter the weekend as possible favorites. Michigan State's Matt Harmon, the winner of the past two Big Ten Golfer of the Week awards, leads his conference peers at 15th, followed by Minnesota's Niall Turner in 24th and Indiana's Jorge Campillo -- the Big Ten's reigning Freshman of the Year. Bronson La'Cassie of Minnesota, who captured the Les Bolstad Award last season, is currently ranked 41st, while No. 51 Patrick Nagle of Illinois, No. 66 Pariya Junhasavasdikul of Purdue and No. 80 Ryan Brehm of Michigan State round of the conference contingent in the top 100.
The 2007 event marks the ninth time Ohio State has served as host in Columbus. The Buckeyes have won four of those championships, including the first in 1928 and the past three in 1978, 1987 and 1997. Purdue has also found success in Columbus, as it claimed the 1950, 1958 and 1971 titles.
In the history of the Big Ten Men's Golf Championships, each of the 11 conference squads have captured the league title. Ohio State leads all teams with 23 wins, followed by Michigan and Purdue with 12 each. Indiana and Northwestern each have eight, while Illinois is a seven-time winner.