Indiana, Campillo Looking for Back-to-Back Titles
April 19, 2008
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Getting a preview of next month's NCAA Championships, the No. 18 Indiana men's golf team likes what it sees. After one day at the Boilermaker Invitational, the Hoosiers are tied atop the 14-team leaderboard with a 13-under-par 563 (287-276).
IU shares the lead with No. 23 Michigan State following a 12-under 276 in round two at Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex (par 72; 7,467 yards). Illinois and Kent State share second place, six shots back at 569. Purdue is hosting the event at the home course for the 2008 NCAA Championships.
In the second round, all five players in the lineup produced scores of 70 or lower, led by junior Jorge Campillo. Campillo owns a seven-shot advantage over Michigan State's Ryan Brehm. He matched a course record, shot a career low round and the second-lowest 18 in Hoosier history with a 9-under 63 on the opening 18.
"I don't know if I have ever had all five players shoot 70 or lower before," 10th-year Indiana head coach Mike Mayer said. "To throw away a 70 is a wonderful round of golf. The team really played outstanding in the afternoon after Jorge carried us in the morning."
In the afternoon, Campillo came back with a 4-under 68 for a two-round total of 131, which also is the second-lowest 36-hole total in school history. Fresh off his sixth career Big Ten Golfer of the Week honor and fourth individual title, Campillo is poised to match his performance at the UMB Bank-Mizzou Tiger Classic.
"It all starts and finishes with Jorge Campillo," Mayer said. "What a special performance by a special young man. He carried us in the first round and allowed the team to join him in round two. I can't say enough about his performance."
Right outside the top 10 is junior Seth Brandon. The Dalton, Ga., native netted an even-par in the opening round before flourishing with a 2-under 70 in round two. His 142 total is just one shot outside the top 10.
Sophomore Alex Martin and junior Drew Allenspach matched each other with 3-under-par 69s in the afternoon session. With his sizzling round, Martin skyrocketed into a tie for 27th with a 145 total (76-69).
Allenspach shares 30th place at 146 (77-69) along with true freshman Ren Han. Han bounced back from an opening-round 76 with a 2-under 70.
The Hoosiers look for their second straight championship and their third title in their last four events on Sunday morning. Indiana will tee off with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.
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