Brandon Guides Indiana to Sixth at Challenging Inverness Intercollegiate
Sept. 11, 2007
TOLEDO, Ohio - Junior Seth Brandon was one of only three golfers in the 81-player field to break par on Tuesday, sharing fifth place and guiding the Indiana men's golf team to a sixth-place finish at the Inverness Intercollegiate. The Hoosiers posted an 881 (285-294-302) and finished ahead of three top-10 programs in addition to No. 28 TCU in the 16-team field at the Inverness Club (7,255 yards, par 71).
The tournament featured five of the top-12 teams in the country, nine teams ranked in the top 35 and some of the top amateur golfers in the world. And only four played better than Brandon, who carded a 1-under-par 70 over the final 18. The Dalton, Ga., native offset three bogeys with four birdies and closed the tournament with a 1-over 214 (71-73-70). Brandon collected the fifth top 10 of his career and his third top-five finish.
"I thought we had a pretty solid tournament," Mayer said. "To play in a NCAA Championship-caliber field like this and finish sixth is a tremendous start to our season.
"I'm really pleased with the play of Seth Brandon. He had a good tournament and an outstanding round in some wet and windy conditions. Seth really held this team together today."
Alex Martin finished behind Brandon and in a tie for 22nd after closing with a 2-over-par 73. The sophomore carded a 3-over 74 in round one and capped the second 18 with a 75. Martin secured the fourth top-25 finish of his young career.
"Alex had a solid golf tournament," Mayer said. "He did not do anything fancy; he just went out there and played some quality golf. We are going to need this type of performance all season from Alex."
After turning in the top-two scoring rounds of his career with back-to-back 71s on Monday, fifth-year senior Tad Sacheck struggled with an 82 in round three. Despite his finish, Sacheck netted a tie for 30th in just the third tournament of his career. His 224 total bested his previous low finish of 235, and his share of 30th is his top placing.
"Obviously, Tad gave us a tremendous boost yesterday," Mayer said. "He really played some great golf and propelled us to our special first round. I'm very happy with how he played these two days."
Playing in the team's No. 1 position, junior Jorge Campillo also rounded out the tournament with an 82. Campillo entered the final 18 tied for 13th at 2-over par by shooting a 2-under 69 and a 75 in the first and second rounds, respectively. He completed the event in a share of 44th place at 226.
Senior Santiago Quirarte ended the Intercollegiate at 231 and in a tie for 63rd place. He shot an opening-round 78 followed by a 76 in round two and wrapped up the event with a 77.
Florida State, the No. 20 team in the nation, claimed the team title at 862 (287-281-294), six shots ahead of No. 31 Michigan State's 868 (282-289-297). Individually, Florida State's Jonas Blixt (67-68-75) and Michigan State's Ryan Brehm (70-67-73) shared medalist honors at 3-under-par 210.
"To hang in there and finish in sixth place with Jorge's struggles is a great testament to the heart and talent on this team," Mayer said. "Jorge won't have too many rounds like this. But we'll pick up the pieces and move on to Minnesota. We'll find out who wants to play and will most likely have a different lineup this weekend."
IU heads to Minneapolis for the Gopher Invitational. The University of Minnesota will host the event at Spring Hill Golf Club on Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 15-16.
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