Hoosiers Tied for Lead, Three in Top 10 in Guadalajara
Feb. 19, 2006
GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Santiago Quirarte, Jorge Campillo and Seth Brandon each reside in the top 10 at the Club de Golf Santa Anita/North Texas Classic, vaulting the Indiana men's golf team into a share of first place after 36 holes on Feb. 19. Houston and Southeastern Louisiana joined IU atop the 11-team field.
Playing their first competitive golf in just over four months, the Hoosiers opened with a 297 and followed with a sparkling 7-under-par 281 in round two at the Club de Golf Santa Anita (par 72, 6,884 yards). IU's 281 is its lowest round of the 2005-06 campaign and best total since a 275 in the second round of the 2005 Big Ten Championships (May 7).
"I thought we got off to a rusty start and didn't play solid golf in the first round," Indiana head coach Mike Mayer said. "It looked like we were trying to get our feet wet on a difficult course where accuracy is a necessity. Once we got comfortable, we really turned it on and had a spectacular second round."
Headlining IU's impressive first day was Quirarte. Returning to his home country, the Queretaro native finished at 2-under 142 with a pair of brilliant 71s. Quirarte's effort put him in a tie for third heading into the final 18, three shots behind Texas State's Bobby Hutcherson (69-70) and Louisiana-Lafayette's Michael Smith (69-70).
"What a great day for Santiago," Mayer said. "To play like this returning home is something special. Hopefully he can win this thing tomorrow.
In his two years in Bloomington, Quirarte has recorded one top 10 and has yet to win a tournament. He placed fourth at the 2005 Pioneer Classic (March 15-16).
Bouncing back from a 74 in the opening round, Campillo carded a 3-under 69 in round two. The freshman's 143 total placed him in a share of seventh place and in position to contend for his first collegiate title and top 10.
Posting the low Hoosier round on the day with a second-round 68, Brandon moved into a tie for 10th. Opening with a 76, the freshman recovered with his best round as a Hoosier for a two-round 144 total. Brandon also is in search of his first title and top-10 finish.
"Jorge and Seth both came back very strong," Mayer said. "I could not be happier with the way Seth played in the second round. Both of these young men certainly gave us a huge lift."
Drew Allenspach, the third freshmen in the young lineup, also turned in a solid performance. Following a 76 on the opening 18, the Sugar Land, Texas product fired a 73 to give him a 149 total and a share of 23rd entering the final day.
Closing out the IU contingent, senior Scott Seibert claimed a 153 (76-77) and shares 33rd place after 36 holes.
Indiana looks for its first title since capturing the 2004 Xavier Invitational (Oct. 11-12) and the seventh championship in Mayer's eight-year run as Hoosier head coach tomorrow morning, Feb. 20. Tee times are set for 7:30 a.m. (CST).
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