Hoosiers Dominate Leaderboard, Hold 10-Shot Lead
April 8, 2006
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Beginning the most crucial stretch of its season, the Indiana men's golf team appears poised to make a serious run at its third straight NCAA Tournament selection. Not only did the Hoosiers battle the 12-team field, they took on 40-degree temperatures and 30 mile-per-hour wind to card a 36-hole total of 588 (301-287) on April 8.
Indiana holds a 10-shot advantage over second-place Purdue (310-288) and a 19-stroke lead over third-place Notre Dame. Purdue is hosting the event at the Kampen Course (7,083 yards, par 72).
"Today was a very, very difficult day of golf," Indiana head coach Mike Mayer said. "It is hard to understand how tough it was if you were not here. We survived the elements, persevered and turned in a tenacious and great day of golf."
Behind the incredible play of its trio of freshmen, IU is seeking its first team title of the season and its first since winning the 2004 Xavier Invitational (Oct. 11-12). Leading the youngsters and the entire field is Jorge Campillo.
The Caceres, Spain native opened with a 74 before posting a 2-under 70 in round two for a 144 total. Campillo is in search of his first collegiate title and is looking to become the first Hoosier to win a tournament since PGA Tour member Jeff Overton claimed medalist honors at the 2005 Big Ten Championships (May 6-8).
In order to pick up his championship, Campillo is going to have to fend off a pair of his teammates. Drew Allenspach and Seth Brandon share second place with Cole Isban of Notre Dame, just two shots off the pace.
Both freshmen responded after difficult opening rounds with sub-par scores on the second 18. Allenspach posted a 75 to start the day and closed with a 1-under-par 71. Meanwhile, Brandon matched his career-low round with a 68 in round two on the heels of a 78. Brandon's second-round score was the lowest round of the day in the 72-man field.
"I'm pleased with the entire team, but what these freshmen did today was pretty darn impressive," Mayer said. "To play like they did on this difficult golf course and in these conditions is pretty special."
In addition to the freshmen, senior Scott Seibert shot a respectable 154 (74-80) and enters the final day in a tie for 23rd.
Rounding out the lineup, sophomore Santiago Quirarte shares 41st place at 158 (80-78).
Indiana looks for its seventh championship in Mayer's eight-year run as Hoosier head coach Sunday morning, April 9. Tee times are set for 8 a.m. (EST).
"We need to do the same thing we did today," Mayer said of the final round. "We need to do the very best we can each and every shot. If we do that, I will be very proud of these guys tomorrow afternoon."
Check back soon