Hoosiers Battle to Seventh, Two in Top 15
Sept. 17, 2005
MINNEAPOLIS - On a day where one team shot one round under par and three golfers recorded scores in red numbers, the Indiana men's golf team posted a 605 (301-304) on Saturday at the Gopher Invitational. IU sits seventh in the 12-team field, which is playing at the long and treacherous Spring Hill Golf Club (par 72, 7,020 yards).
"This was an extremely difficult day of golf on an incredibly difficult golf course," Indiana head coach Mike Mayer said. "I'm very proud of the way we battled all day long. It's hard to explain how difficult it was today. This is a great field. Every team in here is a potential NCAA team."
The host Minnesota Golden Gophers were the lone team to shoot under par, carding a 4-under 284 in round two to take a commanding lead at 585 (301-284) entering the final round. Minnesota leads Washington (302-294) and Purdue (302-294) by 11 strokes.
Three Golden Gophers - Antti Ahokas, Josh Persons and Niall Turner - are tied atop the leaderboard at 1-under par.
Sitting atop the Hoosier lineup are sophomore Santiago Quirarte and freshman Jorge Campillo. The duo claimed a 148 with Quirarte opening with an even-par 72 and closing with a 76 in round two. Campillo netted a 73 on the opening 18 and followed it up with a 75.
Quirarte heads into the final round looking for his best finish of the season after tying for 32nd at the season-opening NCAA Central Regional Preview (Sept. 12-13). Meanwhile, Campillo has positioned himself for his second top 15 in only his second career start (T15 at the NCAA preview).
Making his season debut, senior Scott Seibert gave IU a huge lift with a 72 in the second round. The Chesterfield, Mo., native bounced back with the even-par score after an opening-round 80. Seibert's two-round total of 152 puts him in a tie for 28th place.
"Jorge Campillo and Santiago Quirarte - what a freshman-sophomore duo they are," Mayer said. "It was an outstanding day for both of them. It also was great to see Scott come back strong in the second round. It was a big boost for him and this team."
IU concludes the invitational on Sunday morning with an 8:30 a.m. tee time.
"It is tough," Mayer said, "but we are battling and are right in the mix. If we have a good day tomorrow, we can make a move, and that's what we intend to do."
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