Hoosiers Reach Finals at Collegiate Match Play Championship
March 24, 2009
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. - Indiana Men's Golf finished as runner-ups at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championships. The Hoosiers earned the No. 1 seed in the match play bracket after winning the medal play Qualifier by three strokes.
True freshman David Erdy led the charge for the Hoosiers, taking medalist honors during the Qualifier and then winning his first two individual matches. Erdy is the third different Hoosier to earn medalist honors this season as Jorge Campillo did so at both the Wolf Run Intercollegiate and Windon Memorial Classic while Alex Martin shared first place in the prestigious Olympia Fields Invitational.
Campillo continued his good showings in match play. In two match play events this season, Campillo is now 5-0-1 in his individual showdowns.
As mentioned previously, the Hoosiers began the event on Sunday by winning the medal play Qualifier. Indiana was in a tie for 10th place after the first 18 holes, but then went on a tear during their second round to snag the top spot and the No. 1 seed in match play.
From there, the Cream and Crimson defeated #5 Stanford and the defending national champion UCLA Bruins to advance to the championship match against Middle Tennessee State. Read below for complete recaps of the first two matches.
Against the Blue Raiders, Indiana nearly pulled off yet another come-from-behind victory. The Hoosiers held a 1-0 lead thanks to Campillo's 3&2 victory over Rick Cochran. However, they found themselves behind in the other four matches. Indiana trailed by multiple holes at one point in each of the remaining matches, but battled back to extend three matches to the 18th and final green. Middle Tennessee State was able to regroup and seal the deal though by the slimmest of margins.
INDIVIDUAL MATCH SCORES vs. MTSU
The field is comprised of the top 10-ranked teams nationally at the conclusion of all conference championships in 2008, two sponsor invites and is completed with the next top four teams from the NCAAs not already among the field. The complete field includes: Alabama, Arizona State, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Duke, Florida State, Indiana, Louisville, Middle Tennessee State, San Diego, San Diego State, Stanford, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA and UC-Irvine.
Officials altered the format for the Collegiate Match Play Championship due to the proposed changes to the Division I championships. Originally conceived as a true match play event, the Collegiate Match Play Championship will now contain both a medal and match play component. The 16 participating teams will play 36 holes of stroke play during the first day of competition. The top eight finishers will then advance to a championship match play bracket while finishers nine through 16 will be placed in a consolation bracket. Each team will play three rounds of match play over the next two days. The match play portion will reflect the proposed format of the NCAA Championships.
Indiana has moved on to the finals at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship after defeating the defending national champion UCLA Bruins, 3.0-2.0, early Tuesday morning.
Play resumed at 7:30 a.m. (pacific) on Tuesday after darkness halted the match the night before with just six holes to play. True freshman David Erdy continued his dominance out in California, completing his match before the darkness set in. Erdy followed up his medalist honors in the 36-hole Qualifier with wins in both of his individual matches, including a 2&1 victory over UCLA's Beau Schoolcraft.
Entering the day, the team score was tied though as UCLA had won the other completed match Monday evening before the darkness set in.
Senior Seth Brandon had a one-hole advantage with two to play and held on for the 1UP win over Philip Francis to put the Hoosiers ahead 2-1. The Bruins would not go down without a fight, however. Erik Flores kept his Bruins alive by winning the 18th hole and halfing his match against Alex Martin.
Therefore it all came down to the No. 1 slot, featuring Jorge Campillo and Gregor Main, a pair of top-20 individual players in the latest national rankings. Indiana's Campillo trailed by one heading into the 18th green, but set himself up with a 10-foot putt to half the match and send his Hoosiers into the championship match. Campillo sunk the putt and the Cream and Crimson are now set to take on Middle Tennessee State in the finals.
"That was a crucial putt," said Mayer. "That's what a champion does; knocks down a 10-footer to give his team the win. And that's what Jorge is; a champion."
INDIVIDUAL MATCH SCORES
IU DEFEATS STANFORD TO ADVANCE TO SEMIFINALS
The #6 Indiana University men's golf advanced to the semifinals of the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship with a 3-2 win over #5 Stanford Monday morning. Indiana faces the defending national champion UCLA Bruins Monday evening in the semifinals out in California.
"We didn't start out very well today," said Head Coach Mike Mayer. "We were down on the canvas, but somehow our guys got back up and kept fighting to the very end. It's a testament to their determination."
As mentioned by Coach Mayer, the Hoosiers looked to be down and out in the early goings, trailing until the very late stages. Indiana gutted it out in the end, however, winning three of five matches for the 3-2 final tally.
"Our guys just battled out there today and did what it took to get the win," said Mayer. "Any time you can get a win over a program like Stanford, you have to be pleased. Now we have to go get ready to play another very good team in UCLA."
True freshman David Erdy, who won medalist honors in the Collegiate Match Play Qualifier on Sunday, remained red-hot in his match. Erdy won the second hole and never trailed throughout en route to notching IU's first team point with a 2&1 over Sihwan Kim of UCLA.
Brandon and Dodge Kemmer needed all 18 holes to determine their dog fight. Brandon never trailed, but also did not lead by more than one hole at any point. Things were all-square after 16 holes when Brandon sunk a birdie putt to go ahead one with a single hole to go. Brandon then completed the win by halfing the final hole and taking the match 1UP.
Meanwhile, Campillo found himself down two with five holes to play. The deficit did not last long, however, as the clutch Campillo proceeded to take the next four holes and win the match 2&1. His opponent, Steve Ziegler, is the 25th ranked player in the country.
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