Indiana Drops Tight Match To Ohio State at Big Ten Match Play Championship
Feb. 8, 2013
BRADENTON, Fla. - The Indiana Men's Golf team was not able to overcome a slow start in its quarterfinal meeting against Ohio State and lost 2-1-2 at the Big Ten Match Play Championship at The Concessions Golf Club.
"We got off to a slow start," Indiana head coach Mike Mayer said. "But I am pleased with the way we came back. It was a really tight match, aside from the two that we lost. It came down to the end and we had some chances to maybe pull out the win but they nipped us."
Indiana was playing its first match of the day as the No. 4 seed while Ohio State, the No. 5 seed, had defeated Wisconsin earlier in the day.
The lone outright victory in the match for Indiana came from Florida native Brant Peaper (Tequesta, Fla.), as he defeated Boo Timko, 5&4. Peaper won the first hole with a birdie and never looked back, taking a 4-up lead after the front nine.
"Brant continued to play well for us," said Mayer. "That was really good to see because he has been steady for us during the fall and he was able to carry that over here at the start of the Spring."
At the No. 2 spot, Michael McGee took on Ohio State's Tee-K Kelly, and Kelly led 3-up after the third hole but by the time they made the turn, McGee had battled back to take a 1-up lead. The two went back and forth on the back nine with McGee taking a 1-up lead to the 18th hole. On the last hole, Kelly made par while McGee carded a bogey and the match was halved.
The fifth pairing of the match saw Indiana's David Mills take a 1-up lead at the turn. He increased the lead to 2-up after the 16th hole to go dormie. But Ohio State won the final two holes and the match was halved.
The Hoosiers fall into the consolation bracket and will take on Purdue at 8:00 a.m., with the winner advancing to the fifth place match later in the day. Live scoring is available here: Live Scoring
Ohio State wins, 2-1-2
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