Hoosiers Make Late Charge, Finish Third at Windon
Oct. 8, 2007
GLENCOE, Ill. - Entering the final round in seventh place, the 22nd-ranked Indiana men's golf team stormed up the leaderboard with the lowest round in the 13-team Windon Memorial Classic to finish in third place. The Hoosiers carded a 6-under-par 278 to finish the tournament with a strong 3-over 855 total (284-293-278) at the Lake Shore Country Club (par 71 - 6,667 yards).
"Thank goodness we answered the wake-up call because we sure got one after yesterday's performance," Indiana head coach Mike Mayer said. "Conditions were tougher, we knew what we had to do, and we did not want to give back everything we accomplished through our first four tournaments. We did a great job to move from seventh to third. It is quite an accomplishment."
Four Hoosiers placed in the top 25 and all five players in the lineup finished at 2-over-par or lower on the final 18. Junior Jorge Campillo paced IU with a 3-under-par 68 to finish the tournament at 2-under 211 (69-74-68) and in a tie for seventh place.
Campillo now has three straight top 10s and 16 in his career. The Caceres, Spain, native finished five strokes behind Minnesota's Clayton Rask and Marquette's Mike Van Sickle.
Junior Drew Allenspach carded the lowest round on the team and of his career with a 4-under-par 67. He moved into a tie for 27th at 217 (74-76-67) and picked up his second top-30 finish in four events this season. Allenspach's 217 total is also his lowest 54-hole total this fall.
"We've been waiting for Drew Allenspach to join us and he did in a big way," Mayer said. "That is the kind of performance we need from Drew and expect from Drew. If we get that type of effort, it adds a whole new element to this team."
Capturing his third top 10 of the season and the seventh of his career, junior Seth Brandon shared tenth place with three other golfers. Brandon closed with a 1-over 72 and finished the tournament with a 1-under 212 following rounds of 69 and 71 on day one.
Alex Martin matched his best finish of the season and broke his string of four straight 222s with a share of 16th and a 215. The consistent sophomore shot an even-par 71 following back-to-back 72s in the first two rounds to secure his fourth top 25 of the year.
In his first collegiate action, junior walk-on Eric Serch shot a respectable 2-over 73 and finished the 69-player field in a tie for 43rd place. Serch ended the two-day event at 223 (74-76-73).
Indiana was not the only team in the field to rally from a huge deficit. Northwestern stormed back from a 10-shot hole to stun Kent State for the tournament title. The host Wildcats finished at 4-under-par 848 (285-284-279) to clip the Golden Flashes (282-277-290) by one stroke.
The Hoosiers wrapped up the event seven shots behind the Wildcats and ahead of Big Ten rivals Minnesota, Michigan and Purdue. IU's 278 was also the second-lowest round of the entire tournament, and it has finished third in three straight tournaments.
"This tournament and the troubles we suffered on Sunday made this a good test today," Mayer said. "We found out we are made of pretty tough stuff and are quite a resilient group."
Indiana will take a three-week hiatus before returning to action at the UNCG Bridgestone Collegiate on Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 29-30. The University of North Carolina-Greensboro will host the event at the Forest Oaks Country Club.
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