Indiana, Wright Cruise at adidas Hoosier Invitational
April 3, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana blistered the competition over the weekend at the 2010 adidas Hoosier Invitational, opening up a 36-stroke gap between themselves and the next best team. All five Hoosiers in the line-up finished in the top-seven of the 96-player field.
"We challenged the kids to make a statement this weekend," said Head Coach Mike Mayer. "I'd say a 36-stroke win did just that."
Sophomore Chase Wright earned his first career collegiate medalist honors, doing so in impressive fashion with a seven-stroke edge over the runner-up. The Muncie, Ind., native improved his score by two strokes each round, shooting subsequent totals of 70, 68, and 66. Wright ended the competition at 9-under par.
"I couldn't be any happier for Chase," said Coach Mayer. "Chase started the tournament by getting a double bogey on the third hole, but from there on he played flawlessly. We've been waiting for him to have a break-out round and a break-out tourney. We got both today."
The next two slots on the individual scoreboard were filled by Hoosiers as well. Wright's classmate David Erdy was the tournament runner-up for the second straight season. Erdy shot a 2-under 211. Freshman John Beringer, earning his first career start in the line-up, showed why the coaches placed him there by coming in third place. Beringer was coming off a top-five performance while playing as an individual in last week's Ball State Collegiate. At the adidas Hoosier Invite, he was very consistent with scores of 71, 71 and 72 (214).
"We were looking for a dominating performance in this tournament, and that's exactly what we got," said Coach Mayer. "In my 12 years of being a head coach, we've never had a 1-2-3 finish in the individuals."
The remainder of IU's line-up was not far behind. Another freshman in Brant Peaper shared fourth place while senior Alex Martin tied for seventh. Peaper improved each round by carding 74, 71 and 70 for a three-round total of 215. Martin was 3-over for the tournament at 216 (68-75-73).
Junior Ren Han made it a half-dozen Hoosiers in the top-20, finishing in a tie for 18th while playing on the Indiana `B' team.
Indiana's hosting duties are not complete now, however, as the Hoosiers will also be hosting the Crooked Stick Invitational from April 19-20. That tournament will be played at the Crooked Stick Golf Course in Indianapolis, Ind.
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