Strong Second Round Leaves Hoosiers In Fourth Place at Big Ten Championship
April 26, 2013
FRENCH LICK, Ind. - The Indiana men's golf team posted team scores of 299 and 291 on Friday during rounds one and two, respectively, of the Big Ten Championship and find themselves in fourth place. They trail first place Illinois by just five strokes with 36 holes left.
Senior Brant Peaper posted the round of the day with a 4-under par 68 in round two and is tied with Thomas Pieters (Illinois) for first place on the individual leaderboard at 4-under par overall after the first 36 holes.
"We did what we needed to do today, and that was put ourselves in position to win this Championship," Indiana head coach Mike Mayer said. "You can't win the championship on Day One but you can put yourself behind the 8-ball. We were complacent in round one and that doesn't cut it here. We played much better in the second round, not just Peaper but everyone and now we are right back in the hunt."
Peaper, playing in his fourth Big Ten Championship tournament, led the Indiana charge in round one with a Even-par 72. He was one-under par through the first 16 holes of his first round but a double bogey on hole No. 17 derailed that, but only temporarily. He followed with a birdie on the 18th hole and that provided the momentum for his stellar second round. In his second round, he logged four birdies and 14 pars.
For Mills, who finished fourth individually at this course last year, had an eventful first round with six bogeys and four birdies on his way to 74. He was able to play more steady in round two but still came away with a 2-over par 74 to put him in a tie for 12th place at 4-over par overall.
Like Mills, Michael McGee found some trouble in round one but was able to right the ship and post a five-over par 77. He found his legs in round two and steadied his way around the course in 2-over par 74, aided by 14 pars, for a two round total of 7-over par.
For Corey Ziedonis, it was the opposite as he carded 14 pars and four bogeys in his first round on is way to 76. Then in the second round, he posted birdies on holes 2 and 3 but went 5-over par on the next three holes only to birdie the seventh hole to make the turn in 38. He would bogey the tenth hole and then par the remaining eight holes to finish round two with a 75, joining McGee in a tie for 26th individually.
Andrew Fogg, playing in his first Big Ten Championship, posted identical scores of 79 in both of his first two rounds and is 56th place individually.
Indiana will tee off the first hole at 9:40 a.m. ET on Saturday for the third round, as they will once again be paired with Iowa.
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