IU Leads Again, Brandon Tied for First with Three Hoosiers in Top 11
April 15, 2006
DUBLIN, Ohio - Fresh off its dominating 14-shot victory at the Boilermaker Invitational (April 8-9), the Indiana men's golf team is at it again. This time the Hoosiers hold a four-shot lead after rounds of 2-under-par 286 and 292 at the 15-team Kepler Intercollegiate on April 15. Indiana leads second-place Northwestern in what is a two-team race, with the next closest competitor 22 strokes behind IU (Marshall), at Muirfield Village Golf Club (7,159 yards, par 72).
Behind an opening 67 on the first 18 - the lowest round of his career and in the entire 78-player field - freshman Seth Brandon is tied for the lead heading into the final day. The Dalton, Ga., product carded a 74 in the afternoon for a two-round 141. Brandon shares the lead with Northwestern's Kyle Moore (68-73).
"I'm really do not know where to begin," Indiana head coach Mike Mayer said. "For Seth Brandon to open with a 67, that is just another statement from another one of our talented freshmen. He absolutely jumpstarted our day and carried it through 36 holes."
Continuing his scintillating play, the second of three freshmen in the lineup, Jorge Campillo, rests in a tie for fourth place. Bouncing back from a 73 in round one, Campillo netted a 2-under 70 on the second 18 for a 143. The Caceres, Spain native lapped the field by eight strokes at the Boilermaker Invitational and is in position to make a run at Brandon, sitting two strokes away from his second straight title.
Giving a huge boost to the club in his first action since the fall campaign (Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge, Oct. 3-4), Brad Marek came out blazing. The senior collected an even-par 72 in the opening round and followed that with a 74 for a 146. Marek is the third Hoosier in the top 10, claiming seventh heading into the third and final round. The Arlington Heights, Ill., native is looking for his first career top-10 finish in a team event.
Sitting just outside the top 10, freshman Drew Allenspach continued his brilliant play with a pair of 74s. On the heels of a tie for second at the Boilermaker, Allenspach's 148 puts him in a tie for 11th place and gives him a chance for his second straight top 10.
Rounding out the lineup, sophomore Santiago Quirarte started quickly in round two before falling back to the pack with a 76. After a 77 in the morning, Quirarte shares 33rd at 153.
"Today is a sign of what a sound team we have become," Mayer said. "From the No. 1 guy to our fifth guy, you never know who is going to step up and lead this team. Brad had a really solid round, and Jorge and Drew played solid all day. Santiago will bounce back for us tomorrow. We just got great contributions from everyone."
Indiana is scheduled to tee off with Northwestern and Marshall at 10:10 a.m. (EDT) on Sunday, April 16, at the home of the PGA Tour's Memorial Tournament hosted by Jack Nicklaus. The Hoosiers are in search of their second team title of the season and in as many events to go along with the eighth title in Mayer's eight-year tenure at the helm of the IU program.
"It appears to be a two team race with us and Northwestern. We will be ready for a shootout tomorrow, and we look forward to it," Mayer said.
In addition, the last time an Indiana team won back-to-back tournaments came in 2003. That season IU won three straight events - the Hoosier Invitational, the 49er Collegiate Classic and the Xavier Invitational.
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