Hoosiers Conclude Big Tens in Sixth Place During Stormy Final Round
April 30, 2006
LAKE FOREST, Ill. - After a stormy final round of play that featured incredibly inclement weather at the Conway Farms Golf Club (par 71, 7,168 yards), the Indiana men's golf team closed out the 2006 Big Ten Championships in sixth place with a total of 1,181 (285-288-283-325), on April 30. Tournament host Northwestern battled hard and steady rain to go along with huge winds to conclude the event with the championship title after firing a 1,160 (282-286-291-301), while Minnesota took second with a 1,169 (288-294-280-307).
Individually, Chris Wilson of Northwestern claimed the tournament medal with a 4-under 280 (70-70-71-69) with Michigan State's Ryan Brehm closing play in second with a 3-under 281 (64-72-70-75).
Freshman Seth Brandon led the Hoosiers with a 292 (66-73-73-80) to finish in seventh place. The last Hoosier freshman to claim a top-10 finish was current PGA Tour member and former two-time All-American Jeff Overton. Overton captured ninth place at the 2002 championships. Brandon narrowly missed a spot on the All-Championships Team, falling three shots shy of Minnesota's Clayton Rask (72-74-69-74), who garnered the fifth and final spot.
Sophomore Santiago Quirarte finished the day tied for 16th with a 297 (74-70-70-83) to give him his best finish in two tries at the Big Tens.
Meanwhile, senior Brad Marek posted an 18th-place-tying 298 (75-73-69-81), while freshman Jorge Campillo carded a 301 (77-72-71-81) to tie for 24th. Additionally, freshman Drew Allenspach rounded out the Hoosier effort with a 33rd-place 305 (70-76-74-85). All three men, along with Brandon, played at their first Big Ten Championships.
Despite the finish, IU closed out the spring strong with two championships and a runner-up finish in the three previous tournaments. Indiana ended the spring with two victories, two seconds and one third in seven events.
Following the event, the Big Ten handed out the Les Bolstad Award and Campillo just missed out on adding some hardware to his mantle. The Bolstad is given to the golfer with the lowest average during the season. Minnesota's junior Bronson La'Cassie edged Campillo with a 72.68 average compared to Campillo's 72.72 total. Overton earned the Bolstad the last two seasons.
The Hoosiers will now await the decision of the selection committee to see if they have earned a berth in the NCAA Regional round of play beginning May 18. IU is in search of its third straight NCAA appearance, a feat that has not been accomplished since Indiana made six straight appearances from 1972-77.
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