April 25, 2013
The 2013 Big Ten Men’s Golf Championships, hosted by French Lick Resort, is set to take place this weekend at the Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Ind. The first round of the championships is set for Friday beginning at 8 a.m. ET, with the second round following at 1 p.m. Saturday’s third round begins at 9 a.m., while the final round is slated for 8 a.m. on Sunday.
Nine of the top 20 finishers in the 2012 Big Ten Championships return for this year’s event, including five of the top 10. Illinois returns two top-20 finishers from a year ago, as Thomas Pieters (T-5th) and Brian Campbell (T-15) look to help the Illini earn their fifth-straight Big Ten title.
Indiana looks to build on last year’s second-place finish, returning fourth-place finisher David Mills. Fifteenth-place finisher Jack Perry returns for Northwestern, which finished third in 2012, while Michigan State welcomes back Dan Ellis (T-5th), Matthew Moseley (T-18th) and Dave Ellis (20th) from last year’s fourth-place squad. Minnesota’s Erik Van Rooyen (7th) and Purdue’s Adam Schenk (T-8th) also return for the 2013 event.
Illinois and Northwestern hold top-50 Golfweek/Sagarin national rankings entering the weekend, as the Fighting Illini are No. 30 and the Wildcats are No. 31. Three Big Ten men’s golfers rank among the top 75 in the country. Iowa’s Stephen Ihm is ranked 51st, followed by Northwestern’s Perry at No. 52 and Illinois’ Pieters at No. 72.
Illinois won its 11th Big Ten Championship in 2012, finishing with a 72-hole total of 1,175, three strokes ahead of second-place Indiana. Ohio State has collected the most team titles of any conference squad, winning 23, while Michigan and Purdue have each won 12.