Records Fall In First Round Of Championships
April 28, 2006
The first round of the 2006 Big Ten Men's Golf Championships kicked off in record-setting fashion this morning under sunny skies at the Conway Farms Golf Course in Lake Forest, Ill. After 18 holes, Michigan State has jumped out to an early lead, posting a collegiate course record 7-under-par 277. Wake Forest set the previous record with a score of 5-under 279 at the NCAA Championships in 1997.
Northwestern fired a 2-under 282 for second place while Purdue is third with a 284. Illinois and Indiana rounded out the top-five after tying for fourth place with a 1-over 285.
Spartan sophomore Ryan Brehm set a new collegiate course record this morning after tallying an 18-hole score of 7-under 64, breaking the previous mark set by Jason Gore in 1997 by one stroke. His mark also ties the Big Ten records for lowest individual round and lowest first round score. On the final hole of the first round, Brehm, the 2005 Big Ten Freshman of the Year recorded an eagle, sinking his final ball in three shots on the 5-par, 18th green. He also tallied six birdies while suffering only one bogey.
Northwestern's Kyle Moore finished the 71 par, 7,168 yard course with a 6-under 65, good enough for second place. The sophomore began the day shooting par on the first four holes before recoding his first of seven birdies on the morning.
Indiana's Seth Brandon enters the second round this afternoon in third place after shooting a 5-under 66 this morning with five total birdies. In his first Big Ten Championship, the freshman recorded and eagle on the par 4, 458 yard 10th hole.
Another Spartan sophomore finished the first round in the top five as Matt Harmon shot his way to share fourth place with a 2-under 69. The 2005 first-team All-Big Ten honoree tied with Wisconsin's Garett Jones as both student-athletes recorded first round scores of 69.
The second round of the championships is underway, recap to follow...