Hoosiers Earn Best Finish Since 1980, Campillo Marches On
May 31, 2008
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Thanks to the third-lowest round in the 30-team field, the Indiana men's golf team earned its best finish since the 1980 season (20th place), finishing 21st at the NCAA Finals on Saturday. The Hoosiers moved to within one stroke of 15th place Middle Tennessee State at one point during the third round, but ultimately fell seven shots shy of making the cut.
Junior Jorge Campillo will be playing Saturday afternoon, as he was the top individual from the 15 teams failing to make the cut. Campillo shot an even-par 72 and enters the fourth and final round in sixth place.
The Hoosiers improved each of the three rounds at the Kampen Course (par 72; 7,450 yards) and finished the championships at 920 (313-310-297). Indiana advanced out of the NCAA Central Regional and reached the NCAA Finals for the first time since 1996. IU won two championships during the 2007-08 campaign and secured six top-three finishes facing one of the toughest schedules in school history.
Four of the five Hoosiers participating at the finals will return next season, led by Campillo. The Big Ten Champion and Player of the Year played the back nine in 2-under with birdies at the 14th and 15th holes en route to his 72. Campillo has 12 birdies in 54 holes, tied for the fourth-best total in the 156-player field and he is one of three players under par on par-4s this week.
He trails UCLA's Kevin Chappell (210), who leads Clemson's Kyle Stanley and Washington's Nick Taylor by four shots. Campillo finds himself at 1-over-par 217 (75-70-72).
The remaining three Hoosiers to count their scores toward the team total shot 3-over 75s. Junior Seth Brandon closed out his campaign in a tie for 82nd place with a 232. The Midwest All-Region selection opened the championships with a 78 and 79 before posting an even-par on the backside for his 75.
Alex Martin finished in a share of 100th place with rounds of 81, 78 and 75. Martin bogeyed two of his first five holes to start round three and then rattled off 10 straight pars and a birdie at the par-5 16th to get to 1-over par. The sophomore bogeyed the difficult 17th and 18th holes to finish with a 75.
Drew Allenspach claimed the third 75 in round three and collected a share of 119th place. Allenspach played the first 13 holes in even-par to give the Hoosiers an early burst of momentum. He ended the championships in a tie for 119th at 237 (79-83-75).
Fifth-year senior Santiago Quirarte wrapped up his career with a 151st place finish. Quirarte posted a three-round score of 250 (83-84-83).
UCLA leads the championships at 888 (297-293-298) with Clemson (301-288-302) and Southern California (297-294-300) three shots behind.
Campillo is scheduled to tee off at 12:12 p.m. from the first tee this afternoon. For live web streaming and scoring of all the action on Saturday, please visit www.golfstat.com.
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