Campillo in Top 10, IU Hanging Tough at East Regional
May 18, 2006
ORLANDO - Appearing in its third straight NCAA Regional, the Indiana men's golf team carded an opening 299 and share 14th place (27-team field) following day one at the East Regional on May 18. With the top-10 teams advancing to the NCAA Championships, the Hoosiers positioned themselves well heading into the final 36 holes at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club (7,179 yards, par 72).
Making its second consecutive appearance in the East Regional, IU trails 10th-place Jacksonville by two strokes. Georgia sits atop the leaderboard with a 4-under 284, one stroke ahead of Wake Forest and three in front of UNLV.
"We got off to a shaky start but really held it together," Indiana head coach Mike Mayer, who has led the Hoosiers to each of their three NCAA appearances, said. "We played in the toughest conditions of the day with the wind really picking up in the afternoon. However, we are right in the thick of things. I'm pretty pleased with where we sit."
In a lineup featuring three freshmen and four NCAA rookies, one of the first-year players paved the way for Indiana. Freshman Jorge Campillo was one of only 14 golfers (141-player field) to shoot under par, garnering a 1-under 71 en route to a tie for 10th. North Carolina's Jonathan Jackson leads the field after posting a 6-under 66, one shot better than Georgia's Brendon Todd.
Campillo sat at 2-over par through 10 holes before recording three birdies in a four-hole stretch. The Big Ten Freshman of the Year and first team all-league member birdied No. 11, the par-5 No. 12 and No. 14. He ended the round with four straight pars to finish in red numbers.
The lone Hoosier with NCAA experience, sophomore Santiago Quirarte, rallied with a strong back nine to complete day one at even-par 72 and a share of 15th place. Quirarte played the front nine in 2 over before collecting four birdies coming in. From No.'s 11-16, the Queretaro, Mexico product claimed four birdies and two pars.
Quirarte is making a habit of playing well in the opening round at regionals. Last season, he led the Hoosiers with a spectacular 2-under 69 at the Golf Club of Tennessee in Nashville (May 19).
Coming off a seventh-place showing at the Big Ten Championships (April 28-30), freshman Seth Brandon continued to ride his wave of success. The Dalton, Ga., native played a consistent round of golf to finish at 2-over 74 and is in a tie for 41st.
Brandon turned in 13 pars and offset two bogeys with a pair of birdies, but his double bogey at the par-4 10th dropped him to 3 over. However, he played the final eight holes at 1-under par (7 pars, 1 birdie) to give the Hoosiers a solid score from their fourth player.
"Jorge and Santiago played extremely well," Mayer said. "Seth also hung tough. Those three really kept us in contention. We obviously need some more from Drew and Brad. If we get that, we will be right there."
Indiana looks to take advantage of an early tee time tomorrow, May 19, in the second of three rounds at the regional. The Hoosiers will tee of from No. 10 at 8:35 EDT and attempt to crack the top 10 to advance out of the regional.
The NCAA Championships will be conducted May 31-June 3 at the Crosswater Golf Club at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore. The University of Portland is the host institution for this year's championships.
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