In a late addition to the team’s schedule, Indiana men’s golf will send four individual players to the Butler Spring Invitational on Monday and Tuesday. The event provides the opportunity for the four Hoosier golfers to prove themselves since they have not played much this season.
Sophomore Robbie Bender III, junior Eric Berggren, freshman Ethan Chelf and 5th-year senior Evan Yakubov will be the four Hoosiers traveling to Indianapolis for their first action this spring.
All four of these golfers played individually at the very first tournament of the season, the Hoosier Collegiate in Bloomington over Labor Day weekend. Chelf shot the best score, finishing with a score of 9-over 222. Yakubov came one stroke behind Chelf, with Berggren and Bender III rounding out the rear with scores of 232 and 245, respectively.
Chelf also competed as an individual in the Purdue Invitational, tying for 73rd overall with a score of 238, 22-over par. Chelf’s score did not factor into the team’s victory at the event in West Lafayette.
While there are 17 total teams competing in the event, Indiana is just one of six to only send individual players to the event, which will be played at the Highland Golf and Country Club. The other five are Ball State University, Illinois, the University of Indianapolis, IU-Purdue University Indianapolis and West Virginia University. Of the 12 teams sending their entire roster, No. 168 Valparaiso University is the highest ranked according to the latest Golfstat rankings.
The teams will play 54 holes over the two-day span, with 36 holes of play on Monday followed by the final 18 on Tuesday. Both days are scheduled for 9 a.m. shotgun starts.