Hoosiers Fall in Big Ten Match Play Final
Feb. 12, 2011
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -
The Indiana Hoosiers men's golf team came up just short in their run for a second Big Ten Match Play Championship title at PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
The No. 7 seed Hoosiers fell to No. 4 seed Northwestern, 4-2, in the finals after defeating No. 3 seed Ohio State on a tiebreaker earlier in the day in semifinal action. The win gave Northwestern their second consecutive Big Ten Match Play title after the Hoosiers won the inaugural event in 2009.
Brant Peaper led for the majority of his final match until a late rally from Nick Losole III pulled him even with four holes to play. After the two halved the next two holes, Losole III birdied 17 and 18 to claim the 2-up win. Peaper finished the event with a 2-2 record.
Junior David Erdy found himself with a large deficit in his matchup with Northwestern's David Lipsky, as the Boonville, Ind. native was 5-down after 10 holes. Erdy mounted an impressive charge that included four birdies in the next seven holes to pull within one with one hole to play, but Lipsky birdied to close the match with a 2-up lead. Erdy posted a 2-2 mark for the weekend.
Chase Wright had a back-and-forth dual with Eric Chun during the front nine, but Chun went on to birdie the 10th and did not relinquish the lead. The 3 and 1 loss for Wright dropped his record to 1-2-1 for the event.
The Hoosiers advanced to the championship matchup after a down to the wire contest with Ohio State in the morning session. The two teams ended in a 3-3 tie, however the Hoosiers won the tiebreaker based on the total hole win differential.
Against Ohio State, the Hoosiers received another early point from Ziedonis, as the sophomore built a 3-up lead after birdies on 10 and 12. Ziedonis then won holes 14 and 15 with pars to close out Matt Turner, 5 and 3.
Mills grabbed the other Hoosier point against the Buckeyes, converting winning birdies on 8, 10, and 13 to help notch a 4 and 3 win over Dan Charen.
The Hoosiers received crucial halves from Wright and Perry late in the morning against OSU.
Perry made the turn with a three-hole deficit against Zack Sobel and was 2-down with four holes remaining. The Bloomington, Ind. native came through with clutch birdies on 15 and 18 to earn the half point for the Hoosiers.
Wright led during the middle portion of his matchup with Brad Smith, but found himself down one heading into the 18th after Smith birdied 14, 15 and 17. Wright then converted a par on the final hole, while Smith bogeyed to give Indiana another half point.
The Big Ten Match Play Championship is scheduled to air on the Big Ten Network on Sunday, Mar. 13 at noon.
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