Allenspach Shares Third at John Hayt Collegiate
Feb. 18, 2008
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLA. - Junior Drew Allenspach shares third place and the No. 19 Indiana men's golf team (302-301) is 11th after 36 holes at the John Hayt Collegiate. The University of North Florida is hosting the 15-team field at the Sawgrass Country Club (par 72; 6,925 yards).
Allenspach is one of seven players in the field under par following a 1-under-par 71 on the second 18. The Sugar Land, Texas, native produced four birdies on the day and went out with a 1-under 35. Coupled with an even-par 72 in the opening round, Allenspach holds a 143 two-day total and is in a five-way tie for third place.
"This was another tremendous round of golf by Drew Allenspach," Indiana head coach Mike Mayer said. "He battled a second difficult day at Sawgrass, including a severe thunderstorm delay, to put a solid 18 holes together from start to finish."
Georgia State's Joel Sjoholm leads the 81-player field at 5-under par after a second-round 70. He holds a three-shot lead over North Florida's Michael O'Neal (70-72).
Alex Martin shot the second-lowest round of the day for the Hoosiers with a 76. The sophomore enters the final day in a tie for 53rd at 153 (77-76).
"Alex fought back after a tough start and really hung in there following the delay," Mayer said. "He held it together really well down the stretch."
In his second round of golf as a collegian, true freshman Ren Han made a six-stroke improvement in round two. Han bounced back from an opening 83 with a 77 in round two and shares 74th place at 160.
"What a courageous effort from Ren," Mayer said. "He suffered a quadruple bogey on his sixth hole and played 1-over the rest of the way. I could not be happier with his performance under these circumstances."
Dubbed the first collegiate major of the year, the field features eight of the top 25 and 10 of the top 30 teams in the nation. Fourth-ranked Alabama leads with a 583 (290-293), two shots ahead of North Florida (296-289) and five strokes clear of second-ranked UCLA (295-293).
The Hoosiers opening tournament of the spring season concludes Tuesday morning with tee times starting at 8 a.m. EST.
"We need more contributions from our 1-2 players in Jorge and Seth. Hopefully we get that tomorrow and make a strong run before heading back to Bloomington," Mayer said.
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