IU Finishes Second at Big Ten Championships
April 29, 2012
FRENCH LICK, Ind. - In its bid for the program's first conference crown since 1998, Indiana came up three strokes short at the Big Ten Men's Golf Championships. The Hoosiers fired a 1-under-par 287 in the final round on Sunday, which matched the low round at the event, for a 72-hole 1,178 (293-304-294-287) total and its best conference finish since the 2004-05 runners-up.
Entering the last day in a share of second place and seven shots behind Illinois, IU surged into the lead late in the round at the renowned Pete Dye Course (par 72; 7,152 yards) hosted by the French Lick Resort. However, the Fighting Illini rallied for their fourth straight league title at 1,175 (301-291-292-291). Illini senior Luke Guthrie earned medalist honors with a 5-under-par 283 (72-71-67-73).
Three Hoosiers posted scores under par on the day, including sophomore David Mills. Mills carded a 1-under 71 and ended the tournament in fourth place to make the All-Championship Team.
The Evansville, Ind., native bettered his score each round following an opening 76 with a 73, 72 and 71. Mills, who has three top fives this season, is the top Hoosier finisher at Big Tens since Jorge Campillo claimed the individual championship in 2008.
All five IU players earned top 25 finishes with senior Chase Wright joining Mills in the top 10 for the second straight season. Wright netted a 296 total (72-74-75-75) for a share of eighth place and his sixth top 10 this year.
Senior David Erdy secured his best Big Ten finish and his fourth straight top 25 in the league's event with a tie for 12th. Erdy shot a final round 1-under 71 en route to a 298 (74-78-75-71) and his eighth top 25 in 2011-12.
Going out first for the Hoosiers, junior Brant Peaper got the team on a roll. Peaper led the way with a 2-under 70 and moved into a tie for 21st at 302 (72-79-81-70) en route to his best Big Ten finish and his fourth top 25 on the year.
Junior Corey Ziedonis garnered his first top 25 on the season with a tie for 25th place. Ziedonis fired a 307 total (75-81-72-79) and now owns two top 25s at the Big Ten Championships.
Indiana will make its fifth straight NCAA appearance and its eighth in the last nine seasons on Thursday-Saturday, May 17-19. The Hoosiers will find out where they will play on Monday, May 7.
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