Event: Don Benbow Butler Spring Invitational
When: Monday-Tuesday, March 27-28
Where: Indianapolis, Ind.
Course: Highland Country Club
Yardage: 6,551 yards
Format: Play 5, take 4
Live Results: Link
Butler, Ball State, Cleveland State, Detroit Mercy, Evansville, Green Bay, Franklin College, Indiana Hills, University of Indianapolis, IUPUI, Purdue Fort Wayne, Southern Indiana and Youngstown State will compete as teams. Illinois, Indiana, Morehead State, Purdue and West Virginia will bring individuals.
About the Course
The game of golf hit Indiana like a storm in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Riverside Park became home to the first municipal in Indianapolis in 1900 and from there a group of enthusiastic golfers formed their own private club. The group obtained a lease from the city in 1903 for a tract of unused park land and, in November of that year, filed Article of Incorporation with the Secretary of State to form Highland Golf Club. The Articles were signed by: William W. Carter; I. N. Cleaver; William Donaldson; Arthur M. Hall; James Kepperley; Edward L. Lennox; E. D. Moore; Samual E. Rauh; William Root and H. F. Waterman.
Kasey Lilly, Hunter Mefford, Burke Pitz, Nick Holder and Jadden Ousley will compete for the team score. Jacob Deakyne, Jarred Bowser and Reece Compton will compete as individuals.
Purdue Fort Wayne won the Sacred Heart Invitational on March 10 after a fifth-man tiebreaker. Burke Pitz was the better fifth man, which ultimately led to the team’s win. Pitz’ 78-75-153 bested Butler’s Henry Quinn’s 78-81-159.
The Best That Week
Hunter Mefford was named the Horizon League Golfer of the Week on March 9 after finishing 15th at the Daytona Beach Spring Invitational.
A Litany of Lilly
Kasey Lilly holds all of the primary records in Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf history. In his career, he also has 11 top-10’s, seven top-5’s, and has won two tournaments: the Tom Tontimonia Invitational and the Benbow Invitational.
Career Scoring Average: 72.99 (2019-23)
Career Winning Percentage: .776 (2019-23)
Season Scoring Average: 71.9 (2021-22)
Season Winning Percentage: .858 (2020-21)
18-Hole Record: 64 – Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational (9/14/21)
36-Hole Record: 135 – Earl Yestingmeier Invitational (9/17/21)
54-Hole Record: 204 – Earl Yestingmeier Invitational (9/18/21)
Last Time Out
The Mastodons finished 12th at the ECU Intercollegiate, topping Horizon League foes Cleveland State and Northern Kentucky.
Purdue Fort Wayne will go southeast to Batavia, Ohio to play in Northern Kentucky’s The Jewell. Last season, Kasey Lilly finished runner-up individually and put the Mastodons in second.
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