Campillo Second, Quirarte Ninth at Orange County National
March 4, 2006
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. - On the heels of a second-place showing at the Club de Golf Santa Anita/North Texas Classic, the Indiana men's golf team finds itself near the top of the leaderboard at the Orange County National Invitational on March 4. Following an opening-round 291 and a 3-under 285 in round two, the Hoosiers sit in fifth place at the 15-team field.
Lamar holds a 22-shot lead through 36 holes with a 26-under-par 550 (271-279) at the Crooked Cat Golf Course (par 72, 7,277 yards). IU only trails second-place Eastern Michigan (290-282) by four strokes, third-place Xavier (288-285) by three shots and fourth-place Iowa State (291-284) by just one stroke.
"First of all, hats off to Lamar," Indiana head coach Mike Mayer said. "It looks like everyone is playing for second place. We are still a young team learning how to play at the collegiate level. We made some freshman mistakes, which definitely hurt and cost us some strokes. We'll learn from these mistakes, shoot a low number tomorrow and finish as high as we can."
Leading a lineup featuring four freshmen and one sophomore, first-year standout Jorge Campillo sits in second place after 36 holes. The reigning Big Ten Player of the Week recorded a 4-under 68 in round two, the third time he has collected a 68 this season. After an opening-round 70, Campillo owns a 138 total through 36 holes.
The Caceres, Spain native trails Lamar's Justin Harding (68-68) by two shots. Campillo is looking for his first career individual title. He finished second at the spring-opening Club de Golf Santa Anita/North Texas Classic (Feb. 19-20).
"Jorge had another outstanding day," Mayer said. "He did a great job hanging in there. If he makes a few more putts tomorrow, he has a great chance to win this tournament."
Rebounding from a 73 in round one, Santiago Quirarte netted a 3-under 69 in round two. The sophomore's 142 total puts him in a tie for ninth place. Quirarte is looking for his second straight top 10 appearance (tie for fourth at the Club de Golf Santa Anita/North Texas Classic) and the third of his career.
Playing in the No. 3 position, freshman Drew Allenspach finished strong in both rounds to gain a share of 26th place. The Sugar Land, Texas product carries a 1-over 145 heading into the final 18 with a 73 and 72 in the first and second rounds, respectively.
"Santiago really helped us with his second round," Mayer said. "We need another good round from him tomorrow. Drew had bad starts in both rounds and showed great character bouncing back both times. Hopefully, he gets off to a good start tomorrow and posts a low number."
After a tie for 13th in the spring opener, freshman Seth Brandon is tied for 55th at 152. The freshman hailing from Dalton, Ga., opened with a 75 and followed with a 77 in the closing round.
The final freshman in the lineup, Brandon Pike, shares 62nd place through 36 holes. In his first tournament of the spring and just the third tournament of his career, Pike shot 77-76 for a 153 total.
Indiana looks to move up the leaderboard tomorrow, March 5, in the third and final round of the event. Tee times are set for 8 a.m. (EST).
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