Allenspach Sizzling at Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge
Oct. 3, 2005
CHICAGO - After jumping out of the gates quickly in rounds one and two, the Indiana men's golf team struggled coming down the stretch and is tied for eighth place as play was suspended due to darkness at the second annual Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge. Six of the 14 teams did not complete 36 holes, but the Hoosiers were able to complete their two rounds on Monday, claiming a 587 (293-294) at the Glen Club (par 72, 7,236).
Arizona State is the clubhouse leader with a 3-under-par 573 (288-285). However, Minnesota also is 3-under with players on holes 12-16 when play resumes on Tuesday. IU sits ahead of Big Ten rivals Michigan State (588) and Illinois, who did not finish round two, to go along with Pac-10 members Southern California (590), California (608) and Oregon (609). Washington also holds a share of eighth and will open play tomorrow on holes 15-18.
The event features the top seven programs from the Big Ten and the Pac-10, and IU freshman Drew Allenspach is showing he deserves mention as one of the top players in both leagues. Making his fourth collegiate start, Allenspach battled to an even-par 72 in round one before closing with a 2-under par 70.
The Sugar Land, Texas, native sat at 4-under at one point as he posted six birdies to override his four bogeys on the second 18. Allenspach played a consistent first round, recording three birdies and three bogeys en route to his 72. With his 142 total, Allenpsach is in a six-way deadlock for eighth place, three strokes behind co-leaders Niklas Lemke of Arizona State and James Lepp of Washington.
Allenspach is well on his way to his fourth straight top-30 finish and looks to best his top finish of the season - a tie for 22nd at the season-opening NCAA Central Regional Preview (Sept. 12-13) - during Tuesday's final round.
Santiago Quirarte turned in a gritty performance and sits in a tie for 23rd entering the final round. The sophomore netted a 74 in the opening round and clawed his way to a 72 in the closing round. Quirarte opened round two with three straight birdies before dropping four strokes with four bogeys on the next seven holes. However, he recovered with a clutch birdie at No. 8 (his 17th hole) to secure even par.
Getting his second start of the season, Brad Marek finds himself sharing 36th place following a 148 two-round total. The senior fired level par in the morning and ended his day with a 76.
Indiana looks to climb the leaderboard in the third and final round of the challenge on Tuesday with the teams teeing off from the No. 1 and No. 10 tees at 9:30 a.m. The six teams that did not finish round two will hit the links at 7:15 a.m.
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