SALEM, S.C. – The Purdue men’s golf team’s season came to an end Wednesday in the final round of the NCAA Clemson Regional, finishing 12th after shooting 2-under par 862 (283-296-283) over the three-day event at the Cliffs at Keowee Falls.
The Boilermakers fell short of qualifying for Nationals, missing out on one of the five coveted spots for a trip to Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Purdue has made regional play in eight of nine possible seasons under head coach Rob Bradley, advancing to Nationals three times in 2014, 2016 and 2017. In all three of the seasons that Purdue advanced, the advancing scores were well over par. The scores of this year’s advancing teams were 53-under (Georgia Tech), 45-under (Arkansas), 43-under (North Carolina), 42-under (New Mexico) and 29-under (Texas A&M).
Kentaro Nanayama, playing his first round on the counting team, posted a 4-under par 68, registering birdies on five of his last seven holes to provide the Boilermakers with their lowest individual round of the tournament.
Herman Sekne struck the ball well all weekend, but couldn’t get anything going on the greens, finishing tied for 39th at 3-under par 213 (69-72-72). Sekne finished the year with 18 rounds of even-par or better, the fifth-most in a season in school history. Percentage-wise, 18 of his 29 rounds this season were even- or under-par, 62.1 percent of his rounds – good for second in school history. His stroke average of 70.41 is a school record by 0.37 strokes over Lee Williamson’s 70.78 during the 2001-02 season.
Nels Surtani finished tied for 52nd at even-par 216 (69-75-72), while Peyton Snoeberger was tied for 58th at 2-over par 218 (74-73-71) and Nick Dentino was 62nd at 3-over par 219 (71-76-72).
Purdue, which will likely finish in the top 40 nationally, returns everyone but Andrew Farraye for the 2023-24 season, while welcoming in Sam Easterbrook, who has had an outstanding junior career in England.
The 2024 NCAA Regionals will be held at the Kampen-Cosler Course in West Lafayette, from May 13 to 15, 2024.
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