Mastodon Golf teams are focused on the Horizon League Championship

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s and women’s golf teams will seek their first Horizon League championships next week when they travel to Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. for three rounds.

incident: Horizon League Championship

host: Horizon League

When: April 24th to 26th, daily 18 holes

From where: Mission Inn Resort | Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida

Courses: Men – El Campeon | Women – Las Colinas

Par: 72

Running length men: 6765 meters

Mileage of women: 6051 meters

format: Play five, take four

Live Results: men | woman

Competing Teams (in order of seeding)

Men: Oakland, Wright State, Cleveland State, Purdue Fort Wayne, Youngstown State, Robert Morris, Northern Kentucky, IUPUI, Green Bay, Detroit Mercy

Woman: Youngstown State, Green Bay, Cleveland State, Oakland, Detroit Mercy, Purdue Fort Wayne, UIC, Northern Kentucky

El Campeon
Surrounded by Florida’s lush natural beauty, the 18-hole El Campeón championship course was designed by Chicago-based course architect George O’Neil and built in 1917 – with further improvements in 1926 by Charles E. Clarke of Troon, Scotland. One of the South’s oldest golf courses, El Campeón combines unusual central Florida elevation changes of more than 85 feet with features of traditional golf design, including spectacular fairways and undulating greens. The course’s signature hole is par 5, hole 17 – with a long double dogleg that has more hazards than some full courses!

Las Colinas
Designed by Gary Koch and built in 1992, Las Colinas (Spanish for “the hills”) is an 18-hole championship course that offers a very different challenge from El Campeón. It is an inland links design with generous, wide-open fairways, rolling hills and large, undulating greens. Play a top-powered US course on GolfAdvisor – Las Colinas (#3) April 2017, and has received the “Top Fairways” award from Golf for Women. Its signature hole is “Alligator Alley,” the par 5 12th hole that stretches 493 yards along a tree-lined fairway and requires absolute accuracy from tee to green.

Mastodon Lineups

Men: Kasey Lilly, Tyler Green Hunter Mefford, Brett Seward, Burke Pitz. Reece Compton is alternating.

Woman: Anna Olafsdottir, Arny Dagsdottir, Kennedy Brooker, Laura Caetano, Casey Bunner. Luisa Caetano is alternating.

We don’t talk about Kasey… JK We do

Kasey Lilly holds all major records in Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf history. He also has seven top 10s, four top 5s, and has won two tournaments: the Tom Tontimonia Invitational and the Benbow Invitational.

Career Scoring Average: 72.68 (2019-22)

Percentage of Career Winners: .797 (2019-22)

Average of the season rating: 71.7 (2021-22)

Percentage of Season Winners: .858 (2020-21)

18 hole record: 64 – Joe Feagane’s Marshall Invitational (09/14/21)

36 hole record: 135 – Earl Yestingmeier Invitational (09/17/21)

54 hole record: 204 – Earl Yestingmeier Invitational (09/18/21)

I want to be the very best
The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf team has the best four-player average in program history this season by a comfortable margin. The Mastodons are averaging 293.6 shots per round, beating their previous best of 2011-12 by more than five shots per round.

Double POTW

Kasey Lilly was named Horizon League Golfer of the Week twice this season.

The two best

Kasey Lilly (71.7) and Tyler Green (73.2) own two of the top three season averages in program history in the 2021-22 season. Lilly from the previous season also took second place.

Benbow blessing
The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s team won the Benbow Invitational on March 8, earning a singles win Kasey Lilly also. Lilly fired a 72-68-140 and led the team to a 293-282-575. It was the seventh individual trophy won by a mastodon in program history and the mastodons’ fourth team championship.

One in a Brazilian

Laura Caetano a native of Brasilia, Brazil, has the second best career average in Mastodon history. She has an average of 78.89, which is just lagging behind Holly Andersons 77.39 Anderson played for the Mastodons from 2018-21. Caetano’s season best of 74 came in the last tournament of the fall season at the Dayton Flyer Invitational.

Freezing

Anna Olafsdottir Rank just behind Caetano in program history. The runner-up from Iceland averages 79.36 strokes per round. She has two career top 10 finishes, the most recent being at the Benbow Invitational on March 8, 2022.

Have a flight! The roll of honor!
Five Mastodon golfers have been inducted into the Horizon League’s Academic Honor Roll: Kennedy Brooker, Laura Caetano, Luisa Caetano, Arny Dagsdottir and Anna Olafsdottir. Honor Roll members must complete at least three semesters at the member institution with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.20.

Have a flight! The roll of honor! Once again!
Seven male mastodon golfers were also inducted into the Horizon League’s academic honor roll: Reece Compton, Jacob Deakyn, Kasey Lilly, Hunter Mefford, Luke Mueller, Jadden Ousley and Burke Pitz.

last time out

men: Kasey Lilly finished second at The Jewell in Northern Kentucky with a 141.

woman: The Mastodons finished 10th behind a 33rd place finish at the Jan Weaver Invitational Arny Dagsdottir.

 

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