Balanced Attack Leaves Hoosiers in Second After Opening Day of the Pinehurst Intercollegiate
March 19, 2006
PINEHURST, N.C. - The Indiana men's golf team used a solid, balanced scoring attack, highlighted by the play of freshman Drew Allenspach, to sit in second place after the first day of the Pinehurst Intercollegiate on The Centennial Pinehurst Course No. 8 on March 19. All five Hoosiers in the lineup shot 75 or lower and rank among the top 21 in the event. As a team, IU shot a 6-over par 294 and trail leader SMU by only three strokes in the 17-team field.
"We got off to a shaky start the first few holes but really turned it around after that," Indiana head coach Mike Mayer said. "Our guys played solid golf the rest of the day on a championship course that is a great test of golf. The scores were indicative of that today. This is a quality field, so we are pleased where we are after one round. We put ourselves in a good position, and we need to come out the next two days and play just as solid."
Allenspach finished the opening round as one of only three players in the field under par. He fired a 1-under par 71 and sits in a tie for second with SMU's Colt Knost. UNC-Greensboro's Nathan Stamey shot a first round 70 to hold a one-shot lead over Allenspach and Knost.
The Sugar Land, Texas native opened his round with a birdie on the 361-yard, par-4 first. After he gave a stroke back to the course on the par-3 eighth, he opened his second nine in the same fashion he did his first with a birdie on the 10th hole. Allenspach shot eight straight pars to finish out his round. In fact, through the first round of competition, Allenspach led the field with 15 pars.
"I was really pleased with the play of Drew Allenspach on Sunday," Mayer said. "He had a solid performance and was in control all day long. Something like that is a tough task on a course like this."
Freshman Jorge Campillo narrowly missed joining his classmate in a tie for second. Campillo entered the 18th hole at 1-under par but double bogeyed the hole to finish with a 1-over par 73. The number was still good for seventh after the opening day. Campillo tied with Penn State's Robert Rohanna and leader Stamey for the most birdies in the opening round of play with five on the afternoon.
Sophomore Santiago Quirarte, freshman Seth Brandon and senior Scott Siebert rounded out the Hoosiers lineup with matching 3-over par 75s. The first-round total left the trio of IU players in a tie for 21st overall.
Freshman Brandon Pike, senior Oren Hodak and sophomore Aaron Harrell also are competing in the Pinehurst Intercollegiate as individuals. Pike actually made it four Hoosier players in a tie for 21st with an opening-round 75. Hodak capped his first round in a tie for 62nd at 79, while Harrell sits in 83rd with an opening 83.
The Hoosiers will return to action at the par-72, 7,035-yard setup on Monday, March 20, for the second round of the Pinehurst Intercollegiate. Indiana will be grouped with SMU and UNC-Greensboro in the second round with tee times running every nine minutes starting at 9:00 a.m. and running through 9:36 a.m. Live stats will be available at golfstat.com.
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