Campillo Wins Second Straight, Hoosiers Tie for Third
April 20, 2008
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Entering the final round atop the leaderboard and looking for its second straight championship, the No. 18 Indiana men's golf team came up short on Sunday at the Boilermaker Invitational. Kent State shot a 15-under-par 273 to overtake the second-round co-leaders IU and No. 24 Michigan State. The Hoosiers finished in a tie for third at 10-under 854 (287-276-291), five shots behind the Golden Flashes and one shot in back of the Spartans.
Jorge Campillo was able to hold his position at the top of the 75-player field with a 2-under 70. The junior finished the event with a 15-under-par 201 en route to his second straight title and the fifth victory of his career. Campillo has won back-to-back championships two times in his career, as he won the 2007 GADO North Texas Classic and the Pinehurst Intercollegiate.
"It was another great tournament for Jorge," Indiana head coach Mike Mayer said. "In 54 holes he only made one bogey. He did not make a lot of putts today, but he gave us another solid performance. There are not enough words to describe his play from start to finish this weekend."
Campillo 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. He came back with a 4-under-par 68 in round two to go along with today's 70, which gave him the third-best 54-hole total in IU history behind current PGA TOUR star Jeff Overton's 192 and 199.
Fourteen teams battled it out at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex (par 72; 7,467 yards). Purdue joined Indiana in third place and hosted the event at the home course for the 2008 NCAA Championships. The Hoosiers finished ahead of four Big Ten team and four shots in front of No. 4 Charlotte.
"I thought we played fairly well throughout the tournament," Mayer said. "We made some mistakes today and got caught up in our pairing, which happens at times. I'm not at all disappointed and I look forward to the Big Ten Championships next weekend."
Junior Seth Brandon finished at even-par 214 to share 17th place. The Dalton, Ga., product shot a 74 on Sunday after rounds of 72 and 70 on Saturday.
Sophomore Alex Martin and junior Drew Allenspach tied for 32nd place at 219. Allenspach struggled to a 77 in the opening round before rebounding with a 3-under 69 in round two and a 1-over 73 on the final 18.
Martin matched Allenspach with a 3-under par in the middle round following an opening 76. He closed with a 2-over 74 to collect his 219.
Rounding out the lineup, true freshman Ren Han posted a 223. He did shoot a 2-under 70 on the second 18 with a 76 and 77 bookending that total.
Up next, the Hoosiers head to the Big Ten Championships on Friday-Sunday, April 25-27. Michigan State will host the tournament at the Forest Akers West Course.
"We have to work on a few things and we will use that as motivation," Mayer said. "It seems we are winning every other tournament, and if we do that next weekend we will be Big Ten champions."
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