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IU men's golf teams hopes to perform at Boilermaker Invitational


Coach Mike Mayer talks to then-freshman Evan Yakubov during practice at the IU Golf Course in 2018. IU will play Purdue this weekend in West Lafayette, Indiana. IDS file photo

This weekend he IU men’s golf team will be at Kampen Course in West Lafayette, Indiana, playing in the Boilermaker Invitational.

IU Head Coach Mike Mayer will be taking the same lineup he took to the Seattle University Redhawk Invitational, with the addition of an individual participant. That includes junior Brock Orchsenreiter at the one spot and sophomore Ethan Shepherd moving up to the two spot.

Senior Jake Brown will play at the three spot with freshman Harry Reynolds back at the four spot after an impressive run at the Redhawk Invitational. Rounding out the team is junior Evan Gaesser at the five, who is also back in the lineup after an impressive showing in Washington.

Freshman Mitch Davis will be the individual traveling with the team.Davis hasn’t played for the Hoosiers in the lineup or as an individual since the Big Ten Match Play Championship.

The par 72 course will feature 13 other schools, including three from the Big Ten. The field includes Wisconsin, Northwestern and Purdue from the Big Ten and Oklahoma University, Kent State University, University of Notre Dame, Santa Clara University, Illinois State University, University of Cincinnati, Northern Illinois University, Southern Illinois University, Miami University of Ohio and Ball State University.

The highest ranked school out of the field is Oklahoma, ranked as fifth best in the nation by Golfstat. The next highest ranked school is Northwestern at No. 49 in the country.  

The Hoosiers are going into this tournament optimistic, but with tempered expectations.

“If we do ever get anyone on the same page at the same time I think we can compete with everybody in that field," Mayer said.

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