Final Round Canceled, Hoosiers Finish Third at Pinehurst
March 21, 2006
PINEHURST, N.C. - Due to unplayable conditions, the final round of the Pinehurst Intercollegiate was canceled. Therefore, the tournament was shortened to 36 holes, and the Indiana men's golf team claimed third place out of 17 teams at The Centennial Pinehurst Course No. 8 (7,035 yards, par 72).
"I'm extremely pleased with how we played both days," Indiana head coach Mike Mayer said. "The only thing we didn't do a good job of was finishing strong. However, we played solid golf in extremely difficult conditions against a quality field. We have the taste of winning in our mouths and now we have to take that taste and learn how to finish events better. Overall, I'm very happy with our performance."
SMU captured the team title by one stroke over UAB (298-298) and five shots over Indiana at 592 (291-301). The Mustangs Colt Knost earned medalist honors with a 1-under-par 143 (71-72).
Drew Allenspach led the Hoosier contingent. The freshman struggled to a 77 in round two but finished the tournament in 11th place due to a sparkling 1-under 71 in round one. The Sugar Land, Texas collected the best finish of his career (previous best - tie for 18th at the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge, Oct. 3-4).
Carding the low Hoosier round on day two, senior Scott Seibert climbed up the leaderboard with a 2-over-par 74. Entering the day in a tie for 21st, Seibert improved eight spots into a share of 13th place at 149 (75-74). The Chesterfield, Mo., native also secured his best finish this season.
Jorge Campillo sat in the top 10 the entire tournament 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 closed the event tied with Seibert and five other golfers in 13th place. The Caceres, Spain product just missed his third straight top-10 finish, but he did net his fifth top 15 of the campaign.
Two shots behind Seibert and Campillo was sophomore Santiago Quirarte. Quirarte closed with a 76 and shared the 29th position at 151. He opened the tournament at 3-over in round one.
The third freshman in the starting five, Seth Brandon, ended the tournament in a tie for 34th. Following an opening-round 75, Brandon carded a 77 in round two for a 152 two-day total.
Following a two-week break, the Hoosiers begin the stretch run of the 2005-06 season with four tournaments in four weekends. IU kicks of the month-long test at the Boilermaker Invitational on Saturday-Sunday, April 8-9, in West Lafayette, Ind.
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