2005 Season in Review
June 15, 2005
For the 11th straight season, the Big Ten boasted at least one team in the NCAA Men's Golf Championships. In 2005, Purdue represented the Conference when it reached its fourth NCAA Championships in the last five years.
The Boilermakers however, missed the cut after the third round, which was held June 1-4 at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md. Purdue, which won the national title in 1961 and finished tied for 16th last season, tied for 23rd with Texas and San Diego State at 893 (299-299-295). The Boilermakers were led by Dustin Cone, who finished the 54-hole play at 222 (78-70-74).
Three Big Ten squads finished in the Golfweek Top 50 rankings, led by No. 22 Michigan State, the 2005 Big Ten Champion. The Spartans, who were led by Big Ten Freshman of the Year Ryan Brehm and Coach of the Year Mark Hankins, claimed their first Conference title since 1969. Minnesota finished 29th in the final poll, followed by No. 31 Purdue. Indiana's Jeff Overton, the League's Golfer of the Year and Les Bolstad Award Winner, finished his collegiate career ranked sixth in the nation and as a PING Second Team All-American. Minnesota's Bronson La'Cassie was named to the Third Team.
A total of 34 Big Ten student-athletes were named to the Academic All-Conference Team. Indiana led all schools with eight representatives, followed by Purdue with five and Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State with four each.