Season Ends Despite Remarkable Rally at NCAA East Regional
May 20, 2006
ORLANDO - Despite a phenomenal rally on the final day at the NCAA East Regional, the Indiana men's golf 2005-06 campaign came to an end on May 20. Needing a low number in the third and last round, the Hoosiers shot a 1-under 287 (one of 6 squads in the 27-team field to shoot under par) to tie for 11th place at 891 (299-305-287) with Georgia State (298-298-295) and Georgia Southern (295-307-289).
IU finished seven strokes behind UNLV (287-293-304), who claimed the 10th and final spot to advance to the NCAA Championships on May 31-June 3 at the Crosswater Golf Club at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore. The Hoosiers entered the day in 17th place and actually tied UNLV during the round but could not keep its intense pace up the rest of the way.
"We knew coming into the day the odds were against us," Indiana head coach and Big Ten Coach of the Year Mike Mayer said. "These kids ignored the odds and fought to the point where we actually got to the number we needed to advance. It was just too tough, but it was impressive to watch. Hats off to these kids. It would have been easy to give up, but they do not have any give up in them."
Big Ten Freshman of the Year and first team all-league member Jorge Campillo led the Hoosier rally with a spectacular 5-under 67 and closed the event in 10th place (141-player field) with an even-par 216 (71-78-67). Campillo's round tied for the second lowest at the regional and matched former two-time All-American and current PGA Tour member Jeff Overton (2002-095) for the low postseason round in Indiana history. Overton accomplished the feat at the 2004 NCAA Championships.
"Jorge played what might be the most impressive display of golf I have ever seen," Mayer said. "He was a man on a mission today. The entire round his goal was to get this team to the NCAA Championships. He put team goals ahead of individual accolades the entire day. I think when he knew the team did not have a chance to advance it really hurt him on No. 18. However, Jorge played absolutely incredible today, and I could not be more proud."
The Caceres, Spain native went out in 4 under and got it to 7 under with birdies at the par-5 11th and 15th holes to go along with the par-4 12th. However, a double bogey at the closing hole dropped him to 5-under par. Nonetheless, Campillo ended the season with a 72.67 average, shattering Overton's freshman mark of 74.45. His average also ranks eight overall in IU lore.
Following the lead of Campillo, sophomore Santiago Quirarte played a sterling round of golf. Quirarte soared into the top 15 (tie for 14th) with a 3-under 69 on day three. After a 72 and 77 in rounds one and two, respectively, Quirarte earned his best NCAA finish with a 2-over 218.
The Queretaro, Mexico product played even on the front before charging hard down the stretch with three birdies on the final five holes. Quirarte turned in a 73.77 scoring mark during the campaign, the 12th-best average in school history and the second best on the club.
"Santiago was pretty awesome down the stretch," Mayer said. "To birdie three of the final five holes when we needed each one of those is pretty darn impressive. He played great golf this weekend."
Freshman Seth Brandon collected a share of 59th with a 76 on the closing 18. Brandon recorded nine pars on the first nine but struggled to 4 over on the back. With his 225 total (74-75-76), Brandon posted a 74.33 average in 33 rounds, the third-best freshman mark ever at IU behind Campillo and the third freshman in the lineup, Drew Allenspach.
Allenspach netted his best score of the regional with a 76 on the afternoon. Bouncing back from an 82 in round one, Allenspach ended the tournament with a 75 in round two and his third round 76 for a 233 total. The Sugar Land, Texas native finished behind Campillo in the freshman scoring race with a 74.15 mark. Along with Campillo and Quirarte, Allenspach played in all 13 Hoosier tournaments this season (39 rounds).
In the fifth spot, senior Brad Marek started strong before faltering to a 77 for a 54-hole 236 score (82-77-77). Marek sat at 2 under through 12 but a double bogey at 14 and a quadruple bogey at 16 did him in.
Playing the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club (7,179 yards, par 72), Wake Forest won the regional with an even-par 864 (285-296-283), one shot better than Georgia at 865 (284-294-287). UCLA's Kevin Chappell earned medalist honors with a 4-under 68 in the final round to give him a 5-under 211 (70-73-68).
During the 2005-06 campaign, the Hoosiers claimed two titles en route to their third straight NCAA appearance, marking the first time IU collected three consecutive postseason berths since advancing to six straight from 1972-77. Additionally, the Indiana freshman class finished the year ranked second in Golfstat's Freshman Class Impact Ranking.
"This may have been the best spring season in the history of our program," Mayer said. "We accomplished a great deal for such a young team. We will take a lot away from this experience and learn from it. I'm extremely proud of these young men and now they know what they have to do to get to the next level next season."
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