IU Paces the Field for the Third Straight Event After Two Rounds at the Fossum
April 22, 2006
EAST LANSING, Mich. - For the third time in as many tournaments the Indiana men's golf team will enter the final round in the lead after posting rounds of 292 and 283 at the Fossum/Spartan Invitational hosted by Michigan State on April 22. The Hoosiers carded the lowest round in the field with its 5-under 283, are the only team in red numbers at 1-under par and lead a 12-team field featuring seven of the top-60 teams in the nation and eight Big Ten clubs.
Playing the Forest Akers West Course (par 72, 7,013 yards), IU owns a four-shot advantage over second-place Illinois (284-295) and a six-stroke advantage in front of third-place Northwestern (297-284). In the last two events where it has assumed an edge heading into the final 18, Indiana won the Boilermaker Invitational (April 8-9) and finished runner-up to Northwestern at the Kepler Intercollegiate (April 15-16).
Four Hoosiers sit in the top 20 following the first 36 holes, led by freshman Drew Allenspach. Following an even-par 72 in the first round, the Sugar Land, Texas native delivered a 2-under 70 in round two and shares third place with two other golfers. The trio is chasing Denver's Charlie Soule (67-71) and Northwestern's Chris Wilson (70-68), who hold a four-shot lead through two rounds.
Allenspach had it at 4-under before a double bogey at the par-5 17th dropped him a pair of strokes. He is in search of his first individual title and the second top five of his career.
Behind Allenspach are freshman Jorge Campillo and sophomore Santiago Quirarte. The duo is tied for eighth at 145. Playing in the No. 1 position, Campillo bounced back from a 76 in the opening round for a 3-under 69 on the second 18 - the lowest Hoosier round on the day. The Caceres, Spain native netted seven birdies en route to his sub-70 total.
Meanwhile, Quirarte carded a 2-under 70 (5 birdies. 3 bogeys) in the second round on the heels of an opening 75. Campillo is giving chase to his fifth top 10 of the year and his fifth in six tournaments. Quirarte is looking for his third career top 10 and his second of the season.
Appearing in his second straight event and his second tournament of the spring, senior Brad Marek continued to give the IU lineup a huge boost. Marek shot a pair of consistent rounds, posting a 73 in the first round and a 74 in the second round for a 147 total. The Arlington Heights, Ill., native will attempt to top his career-best finish from last weekend's Kepler Intercollegiate (a tie for 11th place on April 15-16) in the third and final round.
Closing out the lineup, freshman Seth Brandon started the day with an even-par 72 before falling back with an 80 on the second 18. The Dalton, Ga., native shares 41st place at 152.
"Just another overall team effort," Indiana head coach Mike Mayer said. "In the first round, we did not count our No. 1 golfer's (Jorge Campillo) score, but the team picked him up. After a solid first round, Seth struggled in the second round, but his teammates picked him up. That is what we need tomorrow to win this tournament. We have to have a complete team effort, and I expect us to get just that."
For the second straight week, the Hoosiers look for their second title of the year and the eighth title in Mayer's eight-year tenure. The final round commences with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. EDT on Sunday, April 23.
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