BENTON – To say Austin Eoff is having success his freshman season so far as a Purdue Boilermaker would be an understatement. Eoff, a four-time All-State selection and three-time individual state champion for the Benton Panthers, has taken the Boilermakers by storm this season. Eoff has led Purdue in all three events this season, giving the Boilermakers no worse than a fourth-place finish.
“He’s been great to have on the team,” Purdue Head Coach Rob Bradley said. “He’s doing really well in school. He’s working extremely hard on his golf game. He’s played great in the first three tournaments. It’s been definitely a pleasant surprise for me coming in as a first-year head coach.
“I didn’t recruit Austin and didn’t know too much about him, to be honest, I love his work ethic and he’s a great kid. It’s been really fun having him on the team.”
Eoff shot a 2-over par tying for fourth place in his first collegiate event at the D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate in Normal, Ill., helping his team to a second-place finish, tied for 11th with a 1-under par in the Windon Memorial Classic in Lake Forest, Ill., (Purdue was fourth), and was even par for a seventh-place finish at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational, leading the Boilermakers to another fourth-place finish in Columbus, Ohio.
For those three events, Eoff leads Purdue with a 71.44 scoring average, which is also fifth in the Big Ten, has shot par or better five times with a low of 67, and has been top-10 in 2 of the 3 of his events.
It’s no secret in Benton what Eoff is doing up north.
“All of our players keep up with him,” Benton golf Coach David Torres said. “Austin is one of the cornerstones of our program and these kids will always remember Austin. He had an influence on this group of guys. That’s a tribute to him that he had that much impact. They saw his work ethic, his competitiveness.”
Bradley, who was an assistant coach at golfing powerhouse Alabama last season, concurred.
“He’s got a very competitive attitude,” Bradley said. “He has high expectations for himself and he works really, really hard. He practices as hard as anyone on our team. And as a freshman, he really has an understanding of his game and his golf swing, which is great.”
Eoff and the Boilermakers play next at the Crooked Stick Invitational in Carmel, Ind., on Oct. 14-15.