First Day at Talis Park Challenge Leaves Hoosiers In Tie For 10th Place
March 16, 2014
NAPLES, Fla. - Indiana is in tenth place out of 14 teams at the Talis Park Challenge after the first day of competition at Talis Park Golf Club. Senior David Mills leads the team contingent at 4-over par, which is tied for 15th place on the individual leaderboard. The top overall score of the day went to another senior, Hugo Menendez, who is in second place while competing as an individual.
In his first round of the day, Mills carded two birdies and one eagle on his way to an even par 72. In round two, he tallied four birdies but ran into trouble in the middle of his round and finished with a 4-over par 76.
Sophomore Max Kollin tallied five birdies in his first round but also had seven bogeys and a triple bogey en route to a 77 in round one. His second round was much more steady but he was not able to card any birdies on the round and finished with a 78.
Will Seger, one of three freshmen in the lineup for Indiana, had two birdies in his first five holes of the day before reeling off eight consecutive pars. But the end of the round saw a bogey and double bogey make their way onto the scorecard and he finished with a 1-over par 73. Round two saw four birdies but the middle of the round proved to be a challenge for Seger on his way to an 82.
Freshman Keegan Vea birdied the fourth hole and eagled the fifth hole in his first round on his way to a 4-over park 76. Then in round two, the wind caused him problems throughout the round and he posted a 86.
And the third freshman, Andrew Havill, was playing in his first medal play tournament for the Hoosiers. He opened with an 81 and then posted an 83 in his second round of the day.
The day belonged to senior Hugo Menendez, who is in second place on the individual leaderboard after posting rounds of 69 and 73 on the day. In the first round, the native of Spain logged four birdies and one bogey on the round on his way to his best round of the season. He battled the win in round two and came away with three more birdies but four bogeys also crept onto the scorecard for his 1-over par round.
Junior Nicholas Grubnich opened with a 76 in his first round but played stellar in the wind in round two, posting a 1-under par score of 71, which included four birdies as he competed as an individual.
And the third individual playing for Indiana was junior Andrew Fogg, who had rounds of 75 and 77 on the day.
The final round will get underway at 8:30 a.m. ET, with live scoring available at birdiefire.com
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