Golf Challenges League Rivals at BIG EAST Conference Championship
CHICAGO The DePaul men’s golf team travels to Hebron, Kentucky this coming week for the 2008 BIG EAST Conference Championship. The three-round tournament, hosted by Cincinnati, runs Sunday through Tuesday at Traditions Golf Club.
Traditions Golf Club boasts a par-72, 7,103-yard course. Each day features 18 holes of competition beginning at 7 a.m. (CST).
The Blue Demons enter Sunday’s opening round with the No. 12 seed. The blind draw seeding places Seton Hall at No. 1, USF at No. 2, Marquette at No. 3, Connecticut at No. 4 and Cincinnati at No. 5. Louisville is slotted sixth and Villanova seventh, while Notre Dame, Georgetown and St. John’s round out the top 10. Rutgers holds the No. 11 seed.
Junior Cory Blenkush holds a team-best scoring average of 73.76 for the 2007-08 season, while senior Matthew McMahon averages 74.38 strokes per round. McMahon paced DePaul at the Windon Memorial Classic, BIG EAST/MAC Challenge and Arkansas State Classic. Junior Nick Martin led the Blue Demons at the John Dallio Memorial, Larry Nelson Collegiate Invitational and most recently at the Fighting Illini Spring Invitational.
The month of October saw DePaul win the Georgetown Intercollegiate, where sophomore Greg Doherty finished in a tie for the individual lead. The Blue Demons followed their winning performance by taking second place in a field loaded with conference rivals at the BIG EAST/MAC Challenge.
DePaul finished fifth at the 2007 BIG EAST Championships, while Louisville won the team title. Doherty paced the Blue Demons and finished in a tie for eighth place with a 54-hole score of 214.