Trio in Top 40 After Two Rounds at East Regional
May 19, 2006
ORLANDO - With 18 holes remaining at the 2006 NCAA East Regional, the Indiana men's golf team is 17th in the 27-team field. Playing the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club (7,179 yards, par 72), the Hoosiers, in their third straight NCAA appearance and second consecutive East Regional, fired a 305 on May 19 and hold a two-round total of 604 (299-305) heading into the third and final 18.
The top-10 teams advance to the NCAA Championships on May 31-June 3 at the Crosswater Golf Club at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore. USC (298-294) and UCLA (292-300) are tied for ninth place and hold the final two spots with a two-day 592 total. Top-seeded Georgia leads the field at 2-over-par 578 (284-294), two shots clear of third-seeded UNLV (287-293) and three ahead of eighth-seeded Wake Forest (285-296).
In addition, the top-two individuals not on advancing teams earn a spot in the NCAA Championships. A trio of Hoosiers will enter the final round battling for one of those positions as freshmen Seth Brandon and Jorge Campillo share 40th place with sophomore Santiago Quirarte and nine other golfers. USC's Taylor Wood is atop the 141-player field at 5-under 139 (70-69), one stroke in front of North Carolina's Jonathan Jackson (66-74) and UNLV's Jarred Texter (70-70).
Brandon carded the low round for an IU golfer on the afternoon, posting a 3-over-par 75 to give him a two-day total of 149. After playing his opening nine holes in 3-over par, the Dalton, Ga., product bounced back with an even-par 36 coming in.
Campillo led the Hoosiers and was one of only 14 players to break par on day one, but he struggled to a 78 on day two. The Big Ten Freshman of the Year and first team all-league member held steady at 1-over par through his first 12 holes before stumbling into the clubhouse at 5 over through the six finishing holes.
The lone Indiana stalwart with NCAA experience, Quirarte collected a 77 to go along with his first-round, even-par 72 for his 149. Quirarte needs to shoot 74 or lower to best his 2005 NCAA East Regional score of 223 (69-79-75).
On the heels of a difficult 82 on the opening 18, Drew Allenspach clawed to a 76 in the middle round. The third freshman in the lineup owns a 158 and is tied for 112th place entering the final day of competition.
Closing out the five-man squad, senior Brad Marek also fought back following an opening 82. The Arlington Heights, Ill., native delivered a 77 and shares 118th with a two-round 159 score.
The regional comes to an end tomorrow, May 20, with tee times beginning at 7 a.m. EDT from the first and 10th tees. Indiana will tee off with Tennessee (16th) and Notre Dame (18th)
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