Men's Golf Defeats Wisconsin, Falls to Northwestern at Big Ten Match Play
Feb. 14, 2014
BRADENTON, Fla. - The Indiana men's golf team picked up a win in the first round of the Big Ten Match Play Championship at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla., and then lost a tightly contested match against Northwestern in the afternoon.
In the opening match, the Hoosiers, playing as the No. 6 seed, got off to a quick start and cruised to a 4-1-0 victory over No. 11 seed Wisconsin. David Mills, who was the only IU player to have experience in this event entering the day, claimed a 3&1 victory at the number one position while Max Kollin posted a 4&3 triumph at the number two spot. Nicholas Grubnich picked up the 2&1 win at the fourth spot while Will Seger registered the fourth point of the match for the Hoosiers with a 4&3 win at the five spot. Keegan Vea dropped a close match at the number three position, falling by a score of 2&1.
"In four of the five matches, we played pretty solid," Indiana head coach Mike Mayer said. "We got off to a good start and controlled the tempo from the start against Wisconsin, not allowing them to get back into it. For the most part, we played pretty well."
The win pushed the Hoosiers into the Championship bracket, where they took on No. 3 seed Northwestern in the quarterfinals. While the final score showed a 4-1-0 loss for the Hoosiers, the match was far closer than the score would indicate, with three of the five matches coming down to the 18th hole.
Mills and Kollin both suffered 1-down losses at the first and second spots in the lineup. Grubnich continued his strong play on the day with a 4&2 win, in what would prove to be the only point in the match for the Hoosiers. Seger also suffered a 1-down loss on the 18th hole while Andrew Havill, who did not play in the morning match, lost 3&2.
"The match was far closer than the score indicated," Mayer said. "We just couldn't get any putts to drop down the stretch and Northwestern won each of the three matches that came down to the final hole. Our inexperience showed a little bit but we were right there all day and had a chance at the end."
Indiana will return to the course on Saturday morning to take on Ohio State, with the winner advancing to the fifth place match.
First Round vs. Wisconsin (Indiana wins, 4-1-0)
Quarterfinals vs. Northwestern (Northwestern wins, 4-1-0)
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