Hoosiers Earn Fifth Place at Callaway Collegiate Match Play
March 20, 2012
BRADENTON, Fla. -
The No. 6 seed Indiana Hoosiers men's golf team (No. 34 Golfweek-Sagarin/No. 32 Golfstat) notched a 3.5-1.5 victory over No. 9 seed Eastern Carolina to earn fifth place at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship on Tuesday.
"It was very gratifying to come back and win those final two matches to finish fifth in this championship," said Indiana head coach Mike Mayer. "It's tough when you lose that second match to regroup and get refocused, but we did that and did it extremely well. Eastern Carolina was a very tough opponent, but we got off to a solid start. We pretty much had control all day and that's what you like to do to end a very, very successful match play championship."
Erdy was 2-up through two holes in his matchup with Eric Brady and never let momentum get away, maintaining a multiple hole lead throughout. Erdy's scorecard showed four birdies during his victory over Brady.
"David Erdy going 4-0 was huge for us," said Mayer. "It's huge in many ways. It's been a rough comeback from injury, but he continues to get better and better physically and we need that from David Erdy. He's one of our go-to men and we need to go to him."
Peaper also led from start to finish against David Watkins, winning the first three holes of the match to set the tone early. The Tequesta, Fla. native finished the event with a 3-1 mark.
Ziedonis went on a three-hole surge during the middle portion of his match with Ryan Eibner and held on for the 2&1 triumph. Ziedonis finished 1-2-1 overall.
David Mills trailed Adam Stephenson by two holes early on, but rallied to tie things up after six. Mills grabbed a 1-up lead heading into the 18th, but a tough up-and-down from Stephenson left the duo with a half point each. The sophomore was 0-3-1 for the tournament.
Senior Chase Wright had a competitive dual with Harold Varner, in which he never trailed by more than one hole. Varner came up with an eagle on the 17th hole of the match to take the lead and both players made par on the final hole. Wright finished the championship with a 2-2 record.
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