Hoosiers Tied for Fourth, Lead Four Top-10 Teams at Inverness
Sept. 10, 2007
TOLEDO, Ohio - In a field featuring five of the top-12 teams in the country and nine teams ranked in the top 35, the Indiana men's golf team turned in a sterling effort on the first day of the Inverness Intercollegiate on Monday. The Hoosiers shot a 36-hole total of 579 (285-294) and sit in a share of fourth place in the loaded 16-team field at the Inverness Club (7,255 yards, par 71).
Florida State, the No. 20 team in the nation, leads the field at 568 (287-281). The Seminoles hold a three-shot lead over No. 31 Michigan State (282-289) and are 10 clear of No. 23 Louisville (290-288). IU is tied with No. 12 Texas A&M (292-287) and sits ahead of the four top-10 teams in the field along with No. 28 TCU.
"We played extremely well today in one of the best fields we will go up against," Indiana head coach Mike Mayer said. "We got off to a solid start, which is what we talked about doing and was important for us. It helped get us in a real comfort zone and we produced a special round. We recovered after a tough start in the afternoon and really finished strong. I'm very pleased with everyone's effort today."
The story of the Hoosiers' day was the play of fifth-year senior Tad Sacheck. Playing in just his third tournament, the Zionsville, Ind., native turned in the top-two rounds of his career with back-to-back 71s. His even-par 142 total puts him in a four-way tie for fifth place, seven shots behind Florida State's Jonas Blixt (67-68).
"I'm so proud of Tad Sacheck," Mayer said. "He had the kind of day everyone hoped and wished he would have. Tad has stuck with this program, never complained, never quit and produced a special day of golf."
Kicking off the tournament as the team's No. 1 golfer, junior Jorge Campillo is tied for 13th at 2-over par. Campillo shot a 2-under 69 on the opening 18 before closing with a 75.
"Jorge is Jorge. He could have and probably should have gone lower today," Mayer said. "I have no doubt he will come back with a low round tomorrow."
Keeping pace with Campillo, junior Seth Brandon shot even-par 71 in round one and finished the day with a 73 for a 144 total. Brandon and Campillo share the 13th spot with three other golfers.
"We needed that kind of effort from Seth," Mayer said. "He really put together a very, very solid day of golf. Seth gave the team a boost and we'll lean on him again tomorrow."
In the fourth slot, Alex Martin battled to a 7-over-par 149 and is in a tie for 34th. The sophomore carded a 3-over 74 to start the day and capped the second 18 with a 75.
Rounding out the lineup, senior Santiago Quirarte shot an opening-round 78 followed by a 76 in round two. His 154 total is good for a share of 70th place.
"We're excited to come back and get after it tomorrow," Mayer said. "Some of the best amateurs and collegiate golfers in the country are at this is one of the premier courses in the country. We look forward to climbing up the leaderboard and capping off a great start to this season."
The Hoosiers close out its season-opening tournament and look to make that move up the leaderboard in the final round of the event on Tuesday. Tee times are set to begin at 8 a.m. EDT. Be sure to follow the final round live at www.golfstat.com.
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