PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers University men’s golf team has earned the second seed for this weekend’s BIG EAST Championships in South Bend, IN.
The three-round event will begin on Saturday with the first round slated to begin at 8 a.m. followed by a second round scheduled for 1 p.m. The Championships will conclude with a final round on Sunday, beginning at 8 a.m. For the fourth straight year, the 7,011-yard, par-70 Warren Golf Course on the campus of the University of Notre Dame will serve as the host for the event.
Rutgers is in prime position to claim its first BIG EAST title this spring. The Scarlet Knights are ranked 116th by Golfstat after winning four tournaments in the fall. RU has finished no worse than sixth in all eight of its tournaments in 2004-05. Five Scarlet Knights are ranked among the top 10 golfers in the BIG EAST, including senior Brent Pittman (Montvale, NJ), who is the league’s top golfer with a 72.67 scoring average. Pittman won a pair of tournaments during the fall of 2003.
Juniors Jason Bataille (South Plainfield, NJ) and Mike Kosup (Flemington, NJ) each won tournament titles in the fall. Bataille won the Rutgers Invitational with identical rounds of 68 for a six-under-par 136, while Kosup won the Elon SeaTrail Invitational with rounds of 69 for a six-under-par 138.
Rutgers’ scoring average is 10 shots lower than all other BIG EAST schools. The Scarlet Knights are rated among the top three schools in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Rutgers is looking for its first NCAA Championships berth in 21 years. The Scarlet Knights finished sixth in the 2004 BIG EAST Championships. Pittman paced RU with an 11th-place finish in last season’s event.
Notre Dame was awarded the top seed in the six-school event. The Irish won the BIG EAST Championships last season.
Golfstat will be providing live scoring for the event all weekend long. To view results throughout the event, log on to www.golfstat.com.