Indiana Rallies to Third Place Finish at Wolf Run Intercollegiate
Sept. 13, 2009
ZIONSVILLE, Ind. - The Indiana University men's golf team continued to improve throughout the season opening Wolf Run Intercollegiate in Zionsville, Ind., posting a final round 285 to climb to third place after entering the day in a tie for seventh. Sophomore David Erdy was a big reason for the rise up the leaderboard, as he fired a six-under par 65, which ties the competitive course record at Wolf Run Golf Course set in 2006 by Chris Smith of Georgia Southern.
"We improved and got better every single round," said Indiana head coach Mike Mayer. "We showed a lot of fight out there."
It was a strong showing for the Hoosier squad in a highly competitive field that featured unusually low scores considering the overall difficulty of the course, although conditions were ideal throughout the weekend. Illinois captured the team title with an 847, which shattered the previous three-round tournament record of 862 set by Penn State in 2007. North Florida came in second place with a total of 860, and also had Sean Dale win individually with a 202 (66-69-67). Indiana finished just three shots back with an 871 (298-288-285).
The Hoosiers battled tooth and nail during their final round and it paid off as they jumped past Central Florida, Penn State, Tulsa, and Iowa State to grab third place.
"This is a great field and to come away with a third place finish makes me feel good about us as a team," said Mayer. "This is one of the top golf courses in the country and the low scoring shows the level of talent here this weekend."
Erdy's remarkable round ironically began with a bogey on the first hole, but he rebounded for a one-under par 34 on the front nine, which he capped with a delicate chip-in birdie on the ninth hole. He torched the difficult back nine with five birdies for a four-under par 31. Erdy, coming off a summer that included a spot in the 109th U.S. Open, improved his score each round of the tournament.
"We knew David had that type of round in him," said Mayer. "It's great to see him get off to a great start like that this season."
Indiana had two players finish in the top ten individually, as Erdy finished with a 210 (74-71-65), which was good for fourth place. Sophomore Chase Wright continued his solid play as he posted a final round 71, giving him a 215 (74-70-71), which put him in ninth place individually.
Senior Alex Martin finished the tournament with his third consecutive 74, putting him in a tie for 27th at 222. Freshman Michael McGee notched a 227 (79-73-75), while junior Ren Han rounded out the Hoosier lineup with a 231 (76-76-79).
Freshman Corey Ziedonis competed in the tournament as an individual and finished with a 228 (75-74-79) in his first collegiate event.
The Hoosiers will be back on the links on Sept. 18 in the Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields Country Club in Chicago.
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