Allenspach Sets Career-Best Finish at Challenge
Oct. 4, 2005
CHICAGO - The Indiana men's golf team reached as high as fifth at the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge today, but a tough backend at the Glen Club (par 72, 7,236) caused the Hoosiers (293-294-299-886) to slip to an 11th-place finish overall. Freshman Drew Allenspach (72-70-77-219) performed more like a veteran at the challenge, pacing the Hoosiers with a career-best 18th-place tie.
Northwestern (860) took the tournament title, while fellow Big Ten competitor Minnesota (863) finished second. Rounding out the top five were Arizona State (865) in third, UCLA (868) in fourth and Washington (874) in fifth. Indiana finished ahead of the Pac-10's Southern California (899), Oregon (905) and California (920). IU finished just one stroke out of the top 10.
Individual accolades went to Northwestern's David Merkow (209) with the title and Washington's James Lepp (210) in second.
The Challenge brought the best seven programs from the Big Ten and the Pac-10, with freshman Allenspach showing why he will be a Hoosier to watch this season. Allenspach's top-20 finish is the ninth-best Big Ten individual finish in the highly competitive field. Illinois (1), Minnesota (2), Northwestern (2), Ohio State (1) and Purdue (2) each had competitors finish amidst the top-15 in the individual standings.
The Sugar Land, Texas native held a 1-over for most of the day before a slip in the front nine dropped Allenspach to five-over for the round. The outing is his fourth top-30 performance in as many tries.
Sophomore Santiago Quirarte (74-72-74-220) matched his first round notch of a 74 in the third to finish tied for 23rd. A solid even-par start through the first nine rocketed the sophomore to a chance at a top-20 finish. However, the backend of the course again provided difficulty as Quirarte hit two bogeys at holes 9 and 10 to wrap up the round 2-over.
Freshman Jorge Campillo (75-80-69-224) highlighted the day for the Hoosiers with a third-round 69. Campillo has twice shot under par--a 68 in the second round of the Wolverine Intercollegiate--with his third-round performance marking his highest of the challenge. The Caceres, Spain, native carded four birdies and a bogey in the third round to finish tied for 42nd.
Senior Brad Marek (72-76-83-231), in only his second start for the Hoosiers, finished in a 57th-place tie overall. Marek carded a level par through nine holes before hitting a rough spot in the backend to end with an 83.
Closing out the lineup, Senior Scott Seibert (80-76-79-235) closed the final 18 in a tie for 64th with a third-round 79.
Indiana returns to the links at the Xavier Invitational October 10-11 in Loveland, Ohio.
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