Hoosiers Surge to Boilermaker Invitational Title
April 22, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Indiana Hoosiers men's golf team (No. 37 Golfstat, No. 43 Golfweek/Sagarin) fired a blistering 6-under 282 in the final round of the Boilermaker Invitational at the Kampen Course to earn the tournament title with a 13-over 877 (301-294-282). The Hoosiers finished two shots ahead of runner-up No. 26 Iowa (879), followed by No. 18 Kent State (880).
"It was one of the stronger fields that they've had there in a while," said Indiana head coach Mike Mayer after notching his 22nd career tournament title. "We knocked off a lot of top teams and it's obviously nice to do that."
The Hoosiers trailed Iowa and Kent State by eight shots heading into Sunday before mounting their charge with a hot start that carried on throughout the day to give IU the victory in the 18-team field that included six teams ranked among the nation's top-40.
"We kind of let a round slip away yesterday late but we sure didn't let this one get away," said Mayer. "We got off to a great start. Six under par was by far the best round of the day. It's a testament to what kind of team we have and what we are capable of."
Senior David Erdy led the way for the Hoosiers, notching a third place finish at 1-under 215 (73-72-70). Erdy's performance included four birdies en route to his third consecutive top-10 showing. He opened the day with birdies on three of his first seven holes.
Senior Chase Wright joined Erdy in the top-10, finishing tied for seventh with a 2-over 218 (74-72-72). Wright's round was highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 10th. The Muncie, Ind. native has recorded five top-10 finishes during the 2011-12 campaign.
Sophomore David Mills finished 14th after a 1-under 71 in the final round gave him a 5-over 221 (75-75-71). Mills got off to a fast start on Sunday after an eagle and a birdie put him at 3-under through three holes. He has posted six straight top-25 performances in stroke play events this season.
The Cream and Crimson received a huge boost from junior Corey Ziedonis in the final round. Ziedonis was among five players in the field to break 70 throughout the tournament, putting together a 3-under 69. Ziedonis' three-round total of 10-over 226 (82-75-69) put him in a tie for 26th.
Junior Brant Peaper finished at 18-over 234 (79-75-80) to tie for 53rd.
The Hoosiers will be back in action at the Big Ten Championship on April 27-29 at the Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Ind.
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