Hoosiers Net Sixth, Campillo and Quirarte Finish in Top 20
Sept. 18, 2005
MINNEAPOLIS - Two Hoosiers netted top-20 finishes, and the Indiana men's golf team claimed sixth place in the 12-team field at the Gopher Invitational on Sunday. IU staked a 902 (301-304-297) at the 54-hole tournament hosted by the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Spring Hill Golf Club (par 72, 7,020 yards).
"We feel real good to finish in sixth place at a tournament like this," Indiana head coach Mike Mayer said. "This is a loaded field and every team here is an NCAA quality team. To battle like we did this early in the season is a sign of good things to come."
Minnesota (301-284-298) and Washington (302-294-287) concluded the event tied at 883, but the Gophers earned the team title due to the tiebreaker.
Niall Turner of Minnesota, the only golfer in the field to shoot in red numbers at 1-under-par with a 215 (73-70-72), gathered medalist honors. Turner held of Georgia State's Mark Haastrup (73-74-69), Minnesota's Josh Person (73-70-73) and Washington's Alex Prugh (73-72-71) by one stroke.
For the second straight week, IU freshman Jorge Campillo posted a top-15 finish. After tying for 15th at the season-opening NCAA Central Regional Preview (Sept. 12-13), Campillo tied for 14th in his second tournament as a Hoosier, closing with a 1-over 73 in the final round. The Caceres, Spain, native finished the tournament with a 221 (73-75-73).
Joining Campillo in the top 20, sophomore Santiago Quirarte placed 19th. Quirarte ended the weekend at 222 (72-76-74). The finish is the first top 20 for Quirarte in two events this season and the fifth of his career.
Firing the low Hoosier round of the day, Drew Allenspach shot an even-par 72 on the final 18 to corral a 28th-place tie. The freshman netted a 230 (76-82-72) at the tournament to record his second consecutive top-30 finish in his first two career starts (T22 at the NCAA preview).
In addition to the aforementioned trio, senior Scott Seibert opened his 2005-06 campaign with a tie for 30th following rounds of 80, 72 and 79 (231). Meanwhile, senior Brad Marek kicked off his season with a share of 54th place at 248 (81-81-78).
"Santiago and Jorge are turning into a pretty special duo for us," Mayer said. "It was an outstanding effort from both of them. Drew came back with a great round after a pretty disappointing second round. We just need more from the upperclassmen. We depend on them for leadership, and they need to step it up."
Indiana returns to action next weekend at the Wolverine Intercollegiate on Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 24-25. The Michigan Wolverines will host the event at the University of Michigan Golf Course in Ann Arbor, Mich.
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