Hoosiers Conclude First Round of NCAA Championships
May 28, 2008
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Indiana men's golf team, appearing at the NCAA Finals for the first time since 1996, finished the first round tied for 22nd with a score of 313, matching East Tennessee State. Junior Jorge Campillo shot a three-over par 75 in his first round to lead the Hoosiers, putting him in a tie for 23rd on the individual scoreboard. The tournament is being played on the Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex on the campus of Purdue University.
Although the Hoosiers are currently out of the top 15 teams that advance to the final round on Saturday, they are only four strokes back after the first round. There is a four-way tie for 12th place at 22-over par and then six other schools between Indiana and the top 15.
"We're not far away from where we need to be," head coach Mike Mayer said following the first round. "If we have a good round tomorrow, we can push ourselves back up the leaderboard and set ourselves up for a good day on Friday. There's a lot of golf left. I think we learned a lot today and will do better tomorrow."
Campillo struggled out of the gate, posting a four-over par 40 on the back nine, his first nine holes of the day. But he quickly rebounded to shoot a one-under par 35 on the front nine. The native of Caceres, Spain, has played the Kampen Course three times in his career and has come out victorious on two of those occasions.
"His (Jorge) second nine holes were a really solid nine holes of golf," Mayer said. "He had two unfortunate bogeys, but he also had three birdies (on his second nine holes). I think you are going to see Jorge making a few more birdies tomorrow.
"And individually, he is not at all out of the hunt," Mayer continued. "A couple of good rounds and he'll be right back in the thick of things."
Junior Seth Brandon is tied for 70th with a 78 after his first 18 holes, also making a nice comeback on his second nine holes after starting out with a difficult stretch on his front nine.
Drew Allenspach, also a junior, started out on fire for the Hoosiers, registering a pair of birdies on his first two holes. He came to the ninth hole, his final hole of the day, just four strokes over par but caught a bad break off the tee and ended up with a seven-over par 79.
"We'll have a nice team meeting tonight and talk about what we need to do," Mayer said looking ahead to Thursday's round. "I really think we are going to play better tomorrow and I'm looking forward to the opportunity."
Indiana's first tee time in round two is at 8:35 a.m. Thursday morning at the Kempen Course. Live scoring for the entire tournament can be found by logging on to www.golfstat.com.
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