Mastodon Golf Teams Turn Focus to Horizon League Championship

FORT WAYNE, Ind. The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s and women’s golf teams will seek their first Horizon League Championships next week as they travel to Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida for three rounds.

Event: Horizon League Championship
Host: Horizon League
When: April 24-26, 18 holes each day
Where: Mission Inn Resort | Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida
Courses: Men – El Campeon | Women – Las Colinas
Par: 72
Men’s Yardage: 6765 yards
Women’s Yardage: 6051 yards
Format: Play five, take four
Live Results: Men | Women

Competing Teams (in order of seeding)
Men: Oakland, Wright State, Cleveland State, Purdue Fort Wayne, Youngstown State, Robert Morris, Northern Kentucky, IUPUI, Green Bay, Detroit Mercy
Women: Youngstown State, Green Bay, Cleveland State, Oakland, Detroit Mercy, Purdue Fort Wayne, UIC, Northern Kentucky

El Campeon
Surrounded by an abundance of natural Florida beauty, the El Campeón 18-hole Championship course was designed by Chicago-based course architect George O’Neil and built in 1917 – with further enhancements in 1926 by Charles E. Clarke of Troon, Scotland. El Campeón is one of the South’s oldest golf courses and blends unusual Central Florida elevation changes of more than 85 feet with features of traditional golf design, including Spectacular Rolling Fairways and undulating greens. The course’s signature hole is the par 5, 17th hole – which features a long double dogleg that has more obstacles than some entire courses!

Las Colinas
Designed by Gary Koch and built in 1992, Las Colinas (Spanish for “the hills”) is an 18-hole Championship course that offers quite a different challenge from El Campeón. It is an Inland links design with generous, wide-open Fairways, gentle rolling hills and large, undulating greens. Play a Top power ranked US course on GolfAdvisor – Las Colinas (# 3) – April 2017. Las Colinas was Nominated as “Best New Resort Course” by Golf Digest in 1992, named “Best Places to Play – 4 stars” by Golf Digest , and has received “Top Fairways” recognition by Golf for Women. Its signature hole is “Alligator Alley”, the par 5, 12th hole that spans 493 yards along a tree-lined Fairway and requires Absolute accuracy from tee-to-green.

Mastodon Lineups
Men: Kasey Lilly, Tyler Green Hunter Mefford, Brett Seward, Burke Pitz. Reece Compton is alternate.
Women: Anna Olafsdottir, Arny Dagsdottir, Kennedy Brooker, Laura Caetano, Casey Bunner. Luiza Caetano is alternate.

We Don’t Talk About Kasey … JK We Do
Kasey Lilly holds all of the primary records in Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf history. He also has seven top-10’s, four top-5’s, and has won two tournaments: the Tom Tontimonia Invitational and the Benbow Invitational.
Career Scoring Average: 72.68 (2019-22)
Career Winning Percentage: .797 (2019-22)
Season Scoring Average: 71.7 (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)

I Wanna Be The Very Best
The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf team has the best four-player average in program history this season by a significant margin. The Mastodons are averaging 293.6 shots per round, topping the previous best from 2011-12 by more than five shots per round.

Double POTW
Kasey Lilly has been named the Horizon League Golfer of the Week twice this season.

The Two Best
Kasey Lilly (71.7) and Tyler Green (73.2) own two of the three best season averages in program history in the 2021-22 season. The second-place spot is also held by Lilly from last season.

Benbow Blessings
The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s squad won the Benbow Invitational on March 8, getting an individual win from Kasey Lilly as well. Lilly shot a 72-68-140, leading the team to a 293-282-575. It was the seventh individual trophy that a Mastodon has won in program history, and the Mastodons’ fourth team Championship.

One in a Brazilian
Laura Caetano a native of Brasilia, Brazil, has the second-best career average in Mastodon history. She has an average of 78.89, which only trails Holly Anderson’s 77.39. Anderson played for the Mastodons from 2018-21. Caetano’s season-best of 74 came in the last tournament of the fall season at the Dayton Flyer Invitational.

Icy Cold
Anna Olafsdottir Ranks just behind Caetano in the program’s history. The sophomore from Iceland is averaging 79.36 strokes per round. She has two top-10 finishes in her career, the most recent of which coming at the Benbow Invitational on March 8, 2022.

On a Roll! The Honor Roll!
Five Mastodon Women’s Golfers were selected to the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll: Kennedy Brooker, Laura Caetano, Luiza Caetano, Arny Dagsdottir and Anna Olafsdottir. Members of the Honor roll must complete at least three semesters at the member institution with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.20.

On a Roll! The Honor Roll! Again!
Seven Mastodon men’s golfers were also named to the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll: Reece Compton, Jacob Deakyne, Kasey Lilly, Hunter Mefford, Luke Miller, Jadden Ousley and Burke Pitz.

Last Time Out
Men: Kasey Lilly was the runner-up at Northern Kentucky’s The Jewel with a 141.
Women: The Mastodons took 10th at the Jan Weaver Invitational behind a 33rd-place finish from Arny Dagsdottir.

~ Feel the Rumble ~

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