Campillo in the Lead, Hoosiers Fifth at Big Ten Championships
April 25, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - With one day at the Big Ten Championships in the books, the No. 18 Indiana men's golf team sits in fifth place with a 592 (297-295). IU moved up from eighth place after round one and has two more rounds to catch Illinois, who leads the event at 581 (293-288). The Fighting Illini sits in front of Northwestern (293-291) by three shots and the host Michigan State Spartans (291-295) by five strokes.
Michigan State is hosting the event at the Forest Akers West Course. The course is playing as a par 72 with a yardage of 7,013. Round three will be held on Saturday and the fourth and final round will take place on Sunday.
Entering the tournament with two straight victories and ranked No. 25 in the nation, junior Jorge Campillo showed no signs of cooling off. Campillo leads the 55-player field following rounds of 69 and 71. His 4-under total is one shot clear of Michigan State's Ryan Brehm and Scott Langley of Illinois.
Campillo has won the last two Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors after wins at the UMB Bank-Mizzou Tiger Classic and the Boilermaker Invitational. Current PGA TOUR star Jeff Overton is the last Hoosier to win three straight tournaments, as he reeled off four consecutive victories in the fall of 2003. Overton is also the last IU player to win a Big Ten championship, collecting medalist honors in 2005.
Appearing in his second Big Ten Championships, sophomore Alex Martin sits just outside the top 10 in a tie for 13th place. Martin shot a 1-over 73 in round one and finished with a 2-over 74 in the afternoon. The Middleton, Ohio, native tied for 34th at the 2007 Big Ten Championships.
Playing in the No. 2 position, Seth Brandon rebounded from a 77 on the opening 18 with a 75 to close Friday. The junior's 152 total puts him a share of 29th entering the third round. Brandon has a seventh and a tie for 24th in his two visits to the Big Tens.
True Freshman Ren Han is tied for 38th place at 154. Han shot a second-round 76 on the heels of a 78 in round one.
Closing out the lineup, junior Drew Allenspach improved his score by 11 shots in the afternoon with a 3-over 75. Allenspach sits in 55th place halfway through the championships with 161.
The Hoosiers continue their quest for the Big Ten crown on Saturday. Tee times are set to begin at 9 a.m. EDT off of No. 1 and No. 10. Fans can follow all the action live by clicking here.
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