Indiana Third, Three Sit in Top 15 After 36 Holes at Pinehurst
March 20, 2006
PINEHURST, N.C. - Through 36 holes of an extremely competitive tournament, the Indiana men's golf team is in third place out of 17 teams at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate. On a cold and rainy day with periods of sleet, the Hoosiers fired a second-round 303 after a 294 in the opening round at The Centennial Pinehurst Course No. 8 (7,035 yards, par 72) on March 20.
SMU leads IU by five shots and the rest of the field at 592 (291-301), while UAB holds the second position with a 596 two-round total (298-298). Six teams are within 10 shots of SMU, and nine teams are within 10 strokes of the Hoosiers.
Pacing the Indiana contingent through two rounds is Drew Allenspach. The freshman struggled to a 77 in round two but is tied for 11th through 36 holes due to a sparkling 1-under 71 in round one. Allenspach is just five strokes behind the leader, SMU's Colt Knost, who sits at 1-under-par after two rounds with a 143 (71-72).
The Sugar Land, Texas product is en route to his best finish (previous best - tie for 18th at the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge, Oct. 3-4) and is looking for his first career top-10 finish.
Carding the low Hoosier round of the afternoon, senior Scott Seibert climbed up the leaderboard with a 2-over-par 74. Entering the day in a tie for 21st, Seibert sat at 1-over par through the front nine before birdies at the par-4 10th and 12th holes moved him to 1-under.
Despite three bogies coming in, Seibert improved eight spots into a share of 13th place at 149 (75-74). The Chesterfield, Mo., native is also on pace for his best finish this season and is looking for his first top 10 in 2005-06 and the fourth of his career.
Jorge Campillo sat in the top 10 the entire day until a double bogey at the par-4 18th for the second straight day dropped him down the leaderboard. On the heels of an opening-round 73, Campillo finished with a 76 in round two and is tied with Seibert and five other golfers in 13th place. The Caceres, Spain product enters the final round in search of his third straight top-10 finish.
Two shots behind Seibert and Campillo is sophomore Santiago Quirarte. Quirarte closed with a 76 and shares the 29th position at 151. He opened the tournament at 3-over in round one.
The third freshman in the starting five, Seth Brandon, heads into the final 18 in a tie for 34th. Following an opening-round 75, Brandon collected a 77 in round two for a 152 two-day total.
Indiana looks for its first title since capturing the 2004 Xavier Invitational (Oct. 11-12) and the seventh championship in Mike Mayer's eight-year run as Hoosier head coach in the final round on Tuesday, March 21. Tee times are set for 8:30 a.m. (EST), and the Hoosiers will be grouped with SMU and UAB. Live scoring for the third and final round will be available at golfstat.com.
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