Blue Demons play at Cardinal Club on Monday and Tuesday in Simpsonville, Ky.
Sept. 25, 2011
CHICAGO – Looking to improve on last week’s performance in Rhode Island, the DePaul golf team heads to Kentucky for the Cardinal Collegiate hosted by Louisville. The three-round, two-day event is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at the Cardinal Club in Simpsonville, Ky.
The tournament features 18 teams at the par-72, 7,036-yard Cardinal Club course. Two rounds are scheduled for Monday starting at 8:30 a.m. ET. DePaul's lineup for the event features Russell Budd, Ben Westley, Moritz Ackerhans, Jan Juelicher and John Pavelko.
Noting the Blue Demons: Ben Westley is the top returner after posting a scoring average of 74.57 last season... Moritz Ackerhans posted the top 18-hole score a year ago with a 69 on two occasions... Westley and Jan Juelicher each carded a 69 at the Adams Cup of Newport to open the 2011-12 season... Ackerhans also finished in a tie for second at the Spring Break Championship for the top individual finish a year ago... at the 2011 BIG EAST Championship, DePaul placed two in the top 10 for the first time in program history... Maximilian Mayer finished in eighth and Ben Westley was tied for 10th.
Westley Earns Award at Adams Cup: Following the completion of the Adams Cup of Newport, senior golfer Ben Westley was named the recipient of the Robert Adams Exemplary Golfer Award. The award is presented each year at the Adams Cup of Newport.
The Robert Adams Exemplary Golfer Award is given to the player that best exemplifies Mr. Adams’ commitment to athletics, academics, citizenship and community service. Westley was nominated by DePaul coach Betty Kaufmann prior to the tournament.
Westley was DePaul’s top player last season and is a standout on and off the course. The senior has played in every event during his career and is a two-time team captain. His community service work includes partnering with the First Tee programs in Chicago and in the summers in Minnesota and also spending time with the Hook a Kid program, Miscericordia and the Ronald McDonald house. Westley also carries a 3.7 cumulative grade-point average as a member of the nation’s top academic golf program the last two seasons.
Academic Success is a First in Nation: Over the last two seasons, the Blue Demons have compiled to top team grade-point average in the nation according to the Golf Coaches Association of America. DePaul is the first program to earn the Academic National Champion award in back-to-back seasons. The 2009-10 team posted a cumulative GPA of 3.66 before the 2010-11 squad led the country with an indentical 3.66 team GPA.
Looking Back: Adams Cup of Newport (Sept. 19-20) – DePaul finished 11th among the 19 teams competing... Russell Budd was the top finisher in a tie for 23rd (220, +5)... Ben Westley and Jan Juelicher each fired a 69 in a round.
Looking Ahead: Following the Cardinal Collegiate, the Blue Demons host the annual John Dallio Memorial on Oct. 8-9 at Ruffled Feathers GC in Lemont, Ill. before concluding the Fall portion of the schedule at the Georgetown Intercollegiate on Oct. 17-18. The Spring schedule starts on Feb. 13 with The Match Play in Orlando, Fla.