Campillo Runner-Up, Hoosiers Third at Olympia Fields
Oct. 1, 2007
CHICAGO - Behind the brilliant play of junior Jorge Campillo, the 26th-ranked Indiana men's golf team finished third at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational. Campillo finished in second place at 6-under par, while the Hoosiers fired an 870 (287-291-292) at Olympia Fields Country Club (par 70; 7,200 yards).
No. 13 Oklahoma State took home the team title at 857 (292-275-290), seven strokes ahead of Texas (289-281-294). IU opened the tournament with the lowest round in the 12-team field and closed the event with the second-lowest 18-hole tally.
Indiana finished ahead of defending national champion and No. 5 Stanford, No. 8 Duke, No. 9 Florida State, No. 12 Tennessee, No. 14 Arizona State and the additional three Big Ten teams in the field - Illinois, Purdue and Northwestern. The Hoosiers are now 8-7 against top-25 teams this season and have not finished lower than sixth place during its rigorous and challenging fall schedule.
"We shot the second-best round of the day," Indiana head coach Mike Mayer said. "We talked about shooting the best round in the field, and we really put ourselves in position early on to do just that. I'm very pleased with our performance - another outstanding effort. This was another NCAA Championship field and to place third, we proved we can hang with the best teams in the country."
Campillo earned the second runner-up and the fifth top-two finish of his career, closing one shot behind Oklahoma State's Rickie Fowler. He was the only golfer in the field to shoot in red numbers each of the three rounds, finishing with a career-best 203 (69-67-68) and picking up his second straight top five.
"Jorge's three rounds are the best golf I've seen at Indiana," Mayer said. "And I've seen some pretty good golf. The pin placements were the same as the second-fourth rounds at the 2003 U.S. Open. It took a course record (Folwer's second round 63) to beat Jorge. He just played outstanding."
The Caceres, Spain, native recorded six birdies on the final 18 but a bogey on the 17th hole derailed any hope for a playoff. Fowler posted an even-par 70, as he did in the opening round, with a 7-under-par 63 sandwiched in between.
Junior Seth Brandon secured his third top 20 in four events this season, sharing 18th place at 220. Brandon closed with a 73 after rounds of 71 and 76 to start the tournament.
For the fourth time in as many events this year, sophomore Alex Martin shot 222 (73-73-76). The sophomore claimed a tie for 28th place and finished in the top 30 for the fourth straight week.
Playing for the third consecutive week, junior Drew Allenspach closed in a tie for 41st. Allenspach strung together rounds of 74, 75 and 76 for a 225 total.
Rounding out the lineup, senior Santiago Quirarte bounced back from a second-round 79 with a 75. Along with his opening-round 76, Quirarte finished in 52nd place.
Up next, the Hoosiers return to the Land of Lincoln for the Windon Memorial Classic. Northwestern University will host the event in Glencoe, Ill., on Sunday-Monday, Oct. 7-8.
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