IU Second, Campillo and Quirarte Record Top Fives
Feb. 20, 2006
GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Securing its best finish of the 2005-06 campaign, the Indiana men's golf team placed second at the Club de Golf Santa Anita/North Texas Classic on Feb. 20. The Hoosiers posted a 290 in the third and final round to finish at 868 (297-281-290), three strokes behind first-place Houston (288-290-287) in the 11-team field.
Participating in its first event in just over four months at the Club de Golf Santa Anita (par 72, 6,884 yards), IU recorded its best showing since a runner-up finish at the 2005 Big Ten Championships (May 6-8).
"With this being our first event of the spring, I'm very pleased with our effort," Indiana head coach Mike Mayer said. "It was fun to be in contention coming down the stretch. We had a great experience in Mexico, and I think this bodes well for the rest of the spring."
Freshman Jorge Campillo appeared to have medalist honors in hand only to be thwarted by Houston's Pablo Acuan (72-70-68), who birdied five of his final six holes to not only defeat Campillo by one stroke but to lift the Cougars to the team championship.
Campillo closed with a sterling 4-under-par 68, matching his best round of the season (round two at the Wolverine Intercollegiate, Sept. 24-25), and ended the tournament at 5-under 211. The freshman bounced back from an opening 74 with a 69 and his phenomenal final-round tally.
"Jorge had an outstanding tournament and really played some great golf," Mayer said. "He continues to get better and better with each outing, and I look for him to have a huge spring."
Campillo is the first Hoosier freshman to register a top-five finish since Santiago Quirarte placed fourth at the 2005 Pioneer Classic (March 15-16). The Caceres, Spain native also grabbed the best finish for a freshman since current PGA Tour member Jeff Overton (2002-05) tied for second at the 2002 FirstEnergy Intercollegiate (April 20-21).
Following Campillo, sophomore Santiago Quirarte enjoyed a brilliant return to his home country after netting a share of fourth place. The Queretaro product carded his third straight 71 to close at 3-under 213.
Quirarte's finish is his first top five this season, the second of his career and matched his best career placing (fourth place at the 2005 Pioneer Classic).
On the heels of a sensational 68 in round two, freshman Seth Brandon cruised to the best finish of his career. Despite starting the closing 18 at 6-over-par through the first six holes, Brandon played 3-under the rest of the way en route to a 75. The Dalton, Ga., native posted a 219 total (76-68-75) to garner a three-way tie for 13th.
Collecting his fourth top 25 in six events, Drew Allenspach shared 24th. The freshman sandwiched a pair of 76s around a 73 in round two for a 225.
The lone senior in the lineup, Scott Seibert, shot a closing 76 to move into a tie for 36th place. Seibert ended the two-day event with a 229 (76-77-76).
Up next, the Hoosiers return to the links on Saturday-Sunday, March 4-5 at the Orange County National Invitational. Xavier will host the first-annual event at the Orange County National Golf Club in Orlando, Fla.
"This tournament was a nice start to the spring," Mayer said. "Santiago and Seth really did a great job along with Jorge. Now we'll get geared up to head down to Florida and see if we can bring a championship home."
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