Indiana Fourth After Three Rounds at Big Ten Championships
April 26, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Three rounds are in the books at the 2008 Big Ten Championships, and the No. 18 Indiana men's golf team shot a 293 on Saturday to move into fourth place at 885 (297-295-293). The host Michigan State Spartans were the only team in the field to break par (2-under) and jumped into first place at 872 (291-295-286).
Playing at their home Forest Akers West Course, the Spartans opened up an 11-shot lead on Illinois, a 12-stroke advantage over Minnesota and a 13-shot edge on the Hoosiers. The course is playing as a par 72 with a yardage of 7,013.
IU's 293 was its best round of the tournament and third-best in the field on Saturday. Jorge Campillo and Alex Martin led the Hoosiers with scores in the red. Campillo shot his third straight round under par with a 1-under 71 and sits in second place entering the fourth and final round.
Campillo, a winner of two straight events and the No. 25 golfer in the country, holds a 5-under 211 and is one shot behind Michigan State's Ryan Brehm, who has recorded back-to-back 69s following an even-par 72. Opening the tournament with a 3-under 69, Campillo posted a 71 in round two.
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.
Martin catapulted into sixth place with a team-best 70. The Middleton, Ohio, native sat at 3-over to start the day with an opening-round 73 followed by a 74. With his 217 total, the sophomore is in tremendous position to improve upon last year's 34th-place showing in his Big Ten debut.
Seth Brandon posted his second straight 3-over par to inch into the top 25 in a share of 24th place. Brandon started the event with a 77 before consecutive 75s pushed his three-round total to 227. In his third Big Ten Championships appearance, Brandon has a seventh and a tie for 24th to his credit.
Making his inaugural showing at the Big Tens, true freshman Ren Han shares 35th place. Han collected a 77 in round three to go along with a 78 in round one and a 76 in round two.
Rounding out the lineup, junior Drew Allenspach faltered with a 78 on Saturday afternoon. He responded from a tough opening round with a 3-over 75 on the second 18. Allenspach is tied for 52nd with 239 (86-75-78).
Indiana has improved its position each round and will look to climb to the top of the leaderboard in the closing round on Sunday. Tee times are set to begin at 9 a.m. EDT off of No. 1 and No. 10.
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