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IU men's golf prepares for Big Ten championship


Jake Brown, then-junior, now-redshirt senior, putts the ball during practice at the IU Golf Course. IU will be competing in the Big Ten tournament from April 26-28 in Philadelphia. IDS file photo Buy Photos

IU will play in the Big Ten Men's Golf Championship this weekend at Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Wissahickon Course.

The Hoosiers are bringing just six players to the competition because of this year's new rule changes. Now, teams can swap out a player in any round, standard scoring rules still apply and five players must participate in each round.

IU Head Coach Mike Mayer has chosen to take senior Jake Brown, juniors Brock Ochsenreiter and Evan Gaesser, sophomore Ethan Shepherd and the freshmen Harry Reynolds and Mitch Davis.

Reynolds, Davis and Gaesser have been in and out of the starting lineup for the Hoosiers all season. With the new rule change, Mayer may look to swap these players for each other during the event.

The championship will have one round played each day, starting at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday.

Only four Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 50. Northwestern is the lowest at No. 47, with Iowa and Ohio State the conference's next best at No. 38 and No. 45, respectively. Illinois is the highest ranked at No. 27.

Last season the Hoosiers finished last in the event, shooting a combined 28-over par at the Baltimore Country Club in Baltimore, Maryland.

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