Men's Golf

    Indiana Leads by 17, Hoosiers Sit 1-2-3 at Pinehurst Intercollegiate

    Go Hoosiers! Junior Seth Brandon holds a one-shot lead over teammate Ren Han following one round at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Junior Seth Brandon holds a one-shot lead over teammate Ren Han following one round at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate.
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 16, 2008

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    PINEHURST, N.C. - Looking to defend its championship at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate, the 26th-ranked Indiana men's golf team is off to a pretty good start. The Hoosiers posted the only score under par in the field and opened up a 17-shot lead over VCU and Ball State following a 2-under 286 in the opening round Sunday.

    "We just got off to a really solid start," Indiana head coach Mike Mayer said. "Conditions were tough today, and we put together one of the best rounds I have ever seen as a head coach. Our No. 5 player, Ren Han, really jump-started this team with his outstanding play.

    "This round was a culmination of the hard work we put in all week down here. It really was a special round of golf for this team."

    Three Hoosier players sit in the top three spots on the leaderboard with junior Seth Brandon pacing the 100-player field. Brandon shot a 3-under-par 69 and holds a one-shot lead over Han. The Dalton, Ga., native carded six birdies in his round, including two on the finishing holes.

    "Seth is coming off an injury that really slowed him in our last tournament," Mayer said. "He is fully recovered and turned in a great round of golf under these conditions."

    Han, a true freshman playing in just his second tournament, is at 2-under. He birdied three of his first seven holes before falling back to even par entering the par-5 17th, where his sank a 25-foot putt for an eagle three. Han's round is a career low and he has improved his score each of the four rounds he has played in this spring.

    "We knew Ren could play some golf and we were just waiting for it to come. His time has now come. We expect to see more of the same kind of play from Ren the final two rounds," Mayer said.

    Right behind the top two Hoosiers is junior Jorge Campillo. The 57th-ranked player in the country shot a 1-under-par 71 and shares third place with St. Mary's (Calif.) Mike McRae. Campillo, like Brandon and Han, took advantage of the 17th and posted a birdie to get in red numbers.

    Along with the aforementioned trio, junior Drew Allenspach ended the opening day with a 4-over 76. Allenspach, who is playing in his seventh straight tournament this season, shares 18th place with seven other golfers.

    Closing out the five-man lineup, sophomore Alex Martin struggled to an 82 and is in a tie for 77th place.

    Additionally, three Hoosiers made the trip as individuals and hold the top-three individual slots. Senior Santiago Quirarte closed with a 78 and is tied for 39th place.

    Junior Eric Serch shot a 70 and shares 63rd in just his second career tournament, while true freshman Paul Park's 81 is good for a share of 70th place in his third career event.

    Indiana and East Carolina host the annual event at The Centennial Pinehurst No. 8. The 19-team field, which includes Big Ten rivals No. 17 Penn State and No. 43 Wisconsin, faces a challenging par-72 course with a 7,035 yardage.

    IU will look to extend its lead in round two of the 54-hole tournament on Monday. Tee times will kick off at 9 a.m. EDT. Live scoring at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate is available through www.golfstat.com.

    IU Individual
    1) Seth Brandon 69
    2) Ren Han 70
    T3) Jorge Campillo 71
    T18) Drew Allenspach 76
    T77) Alex Martin 82
    *T39) Santiago Quirarte 78
    *T63) Eric Serch 80
    *T70) Paul Park 81
    * - played as individual

    Team Scores
    1) No. 26 INDIANA 286
    T2) VCU 303
    T2) Ball State 303
    4) Eastern Kentucky 304
    5) UNC-Greensboro 305
    T6) Western Carolina 306
    T6) UNC Wilmington 306
    T8) San Francisco 308
    T8) No. 43 Wisconsin 308
    10) St. Mary's (Calif.) 309
    T11) East Carolina 311
    T11) Toledo 311
    13) No. 17 Penn State 312
    14) Marquette 314
    15) Marshall 315
    T16) Miami (Ohio) 316
    T16) Hartford 316
    18) Western Illinois 322
    19) IUPUI 333

     

     

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