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THE 18TH HOLE at the Philadelphia Cricket Club-Wissahickon Course. (R) Rory Spears Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf puts his approach in the right greenside bunker wasting a 304 yard drive on the 18th. You can follow more from Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, or on Linkedin and Facebook. #Phillycricketclub.

AFTER ROUND 1 of Men’s Big Ten Golf Championship at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, Purdue holds a five shot lead over top rated Illinois (24) and Minnesota.

Varun Chopra and Michael Feagles with +1 scores of 71, lead Illinois. They are tied for 8th place in the championship. Tee times for Round 2 start at 8 Am CST.

The course is set up at a Par 70, and is playing at 7,119 yards. Illinois is the defending champions, having won in 2018 by shots at the Baltimore Country Club.

Live scoring is available at Golfstat.com.

“We didn’t have our best today, but we preserved through a challenging day on the golf course,” said Illinois coach Mike Small. “The course played fast and the pins were tucked.”

Northwestern is T-9 with Nebraska at +15, the Cats are 13 shots back. David Nyfjall led Northwestern with a 2 over par, round of 72.

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About Rory Spears

Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WCPT AM820 Chicago, he writes for both the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine, and formerly Chicagoland Golf. Rory has played over 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, within the golf industry.