Campillo in Top 10 After Two Rounds at NCAA Finals
May 29, 2008
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Halfway home at the 2008 NCAA Finals, Jorge Campillo sits in the top 10 and the Indiana men's golf team is tied for 27th place at the Kampen Course (par 72; 7,450 yards). Campillo shot a 2-under 70 in round two on Thursday, while the Hoosiers posted a 310.
"I played much better today," Campillo, who sits in a tie for eighth place, said. "I hit the ball really well off the tee and hit the irons well, but I did not make many putts. It was much better than yesterday, and I am pretty happy with how I played today."
After a 313 in the first round, the Hoosiers hold a 623 total in the 30-team field. The top 15 teams advance to the final round on Saturday. IU needs to catch the Crimson Tide of Alabama, which holds the No. 15 spot at 606 (309-297).
Clemson leads the championships at 589 (301-288) with UCLA (297-293) and Southern California (297-294) trailing by one and two strokes, respectively.
Meanwhile, Campillo has his sites set on a national championship. Coupled with his opening-round 75, the Caceres, Spain, native holds a two-round 145. Florida's Billy Horschel leads the 156-player field with a 5-under-par 139 (72-67). Horschel is one shot ahead of Clemson's Kyle Stanley (72-68) and three strokes clear of Washington's Nick Taylor (75-66).
Campillo closed his round with 10 pars following an eventful front nine on the U.S. Open-style links at Kampen. He opened birdie-bogey-par-birdie before a double bogey at the difficult par-3 fifth hole. Sitting at 1-over par, Campillo responded with three consecutive birdies and held steady the rest of the way.
"It was not windy today and the course was playing a little easier," Campillo said. "I started playing well and got some confidence in the first four holes. On the back nine, I really did not miss too many shots. I look forward to playing tomorrow, so I have a chance to play on Saturday."
Seth Brandon is the No. 2 Hoosier with rounds of 78 and 79. The junior out of Dalton, Ga., native sits in a tie for 109th place at 157. Brandon went out in 6-over par in round two, but he finished strong with a 1-over on the final nine holes.
Alex Martin found the frontside a little more to his liking, posting a 1-over 37. However, the sophomore struggled down the stretch, carding a 5-over 41 on the backside. Martin owns a 159 (81-78) through two rounds and shares 122nd place.
In the fourth position, junior Drew Allenspach is tied for 140th place at 162. Following a 79 in round one, Allenspach shot an 83 in round two.
Rounding out the lineup, fifth-year senior Santiago Quirarte shares 150th place with a 167 (83-84).
The Hoosiers return to the links on Friday afternoon in the third round of the championships. Indiana is scheduled to tee of at 1:35 p.m. To follow all the action at the NCAA Finals live, please visit www.golfstat.com.
"We have to remain patient and try and make pars tomorrow," Campillo said. "Pars are good scores on this golf course. It is important to put the ball in play off the tees. We will see what happens tomorrow."
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