Brandon Shares Medalist Honors as Hoosiers Claim Second
April 16, 2006
DUBLIN, Ohio - Freshman Set Brandon shared medalist honors as the Indiana men's golf team claimed second place at the 15-team Kepler Inercollegiate. IU shot a final-round 304 for an 882 total (286-292-304), four shots short of the champion Northwestern Wildcats (298-284-296). The event was hosted at Muirfield Village Golf Club (7,159 yards, par 72), home of the PGA Tour's Memorial Tournament, and the teams faced the Sunday pin placements used in the final round of the Memorial.
Despite IU shooting the third-lowest round in the field, NU answered with the only sub-300 round. The Hoosiers also placed second amongst the nine Big Ten teams in the field and finished 21 strokes ahead of third-place Xavier.
"This was a great tournament for the team," Indiana head coach Mike Mayer said. "Hats off to our guys. Just look at the difference in scoring between second and third place. We got off to one of the worst starts of the season and fought back with an outstanding back nine. You just have to give credit to Northwestern on a great round."
Brandon and Northwestern standout Kyle Moore (68-73-74) entered the final round even and remained that way after the final 18 holes. However, Moore won the playoff between the two with a par on the second hole. Brandon closed with a final-round 74 and ended the tournament at 215, a new career low and garnered the best finish of his career.
The Dalton, Ga., native opened the event with a 67- the lowest round of his career and in the entire 78-player field - before recording back-to-back 74s to close the tournament.
"From the opening round to the final hole, Seth had a great tournament. He gave us exactly what we needed and stepped up in a big way. I'm very pleased and proud with how Seth battled," Mayer said.
Joining Brandon with a 74 on the final 18, freshman Jorge Campillo collected his third top-three finish of the season. On the heels of his individual title at the Boilermaker Invitational (April 8-9), the Caceres, Spain native tied for third at 217. Campillo opened with a 73, responded with a 2-under 70 in round two and closed with his 74.
Netting his best career finish in his first action since the fall campaign (Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge, Oct. 3-4), Brad Marek placed in a tie for 11th place. The senior turned in a 224 total (72-74-78) to give the Hoosiers three golfers in the top 11.
"I could not be happier with Brad Marek," Mayer said. "He adds another dimension to this team and makes us that much more dangerous."
Picking up his third straight top-20 finish and his fourth of the season, freshman Drew Allenspach shared 16th place. Following a pair of 74s in the first two rounds, Allenspach ended the event with a 78 to finish at 226.
Rounding out the lineup, sophomore Santiago Quirarte garnered a tie for 34th. Quirarte carded a three-round 231 total (77-76-78).
Up next, the Hoosiers travel to East Lansing, Mich., for their third tournament in as many weekends and the final tuneup before the Big Ten Championships. The Fossum/Spartan Invitational will be held on Saturday-Sunday, April 22-23, at the Forest Akers West Course.
Check back soon