Hoosiers Capture Northern Intercollegiate Title To Begin Season
SUGAR GROVE, Ill. - Building off a strong second round on Saturday, the Indiana Men's Golf team kept the pressure on the field by firing a final round five-over par 289 to give them a three-round total of 888 (308-291-289) and claim the team championship at the Northern Intercollegiate at Rich Harvest Farms.
No. 35 St. Mary's (Calif.) finished in second place, but trailed the Hoosiers by 15 strokes. No. 28 Liberty was third, 17 strokes back and Purdue took fourth, 20 strokes behind Indiana. The margin of victory is the largest since a 15 stroke win at the adidas Hoosier Invitational on April 9-10, 2011.
"It was a great team effort and we got production up and down the lineup," Head Coach Mike Mayer said. "Everyone did their part to get this win. The second round really catapulted us into position and today we simply did not give anyone else a chance to comeback. Now we have more work to do to get ready for Wolf Run because we will have the target on our back and teams will be gunning for us."
McGee tied for second among all players with a three-round total of 219 (+6, 74-71-74), three shots behind the medalist, Denny McCarthy from Virginia. All five Indiana players and Sean Stone, playing as an individual, finished the tournament in the top 20. The complete list of how the Hoosiers finished individually is below.
The tournament win is the 25th for head coach Mike Mayer, who is in his 15th year as the head coach of the Hoosiers.
On Sunday, all of the Hoosiers were locked in as they pulled away from the field and shot the best round of the tournament by any team. Brant Peaper led the charge with a even-par 71 while Corey Ziedonis was right behind him with a one-over par 72. David Mills and Hugo Menendez both fired two-over par 73's and Michael McGee shot three-over par 74.
Indiana will return to the links next weekend when they host the Wolf Run Intercollegiate at Wolf Run Golf Course in Zionsville, Ind. The tournament will feature 36 holes on Saturday and 18 holes on Sunday.
Here's a look at the final overall team standings:
1) Indiana - 308 291 289 888 +36
And here's how the Indiana players ranked individually against the field:
T13) Sean Stone (playing as individual) - 225 (+7, 76-71-78)
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