IU Wraps Up Fall in Fifth Place at Xavier
Oct. 11, 2005
LOVELAND, Ohio - Capping off its fall season at the Xavier Invitational, the Indiana men's golf team closed with a 1-over-par 289 during Tuesday's final round to finish in a tie for fifth place out of 19 teams. Playing with four freshmen and one sophomore in the lineup, the Hoosiers posted a 2-under 862 (289-284-289) at the Oasis Golf Club (6,921 yards, par 72), matching their best 54-hole total of the fall campaign (Wolverine Invitational, Sept. 24-25).
Austin Peay (276-288-279) and host Xavier (283-278-282) both finished at 21-under 843. The Governors claimed the invitational title, defeating the Musketeers in a playoff. Louisville took third with a 20-under 844 (281-276-287) followed by Wisconsin's 3-under 861 (283-289-289). Indiana and Nebraska (296-278-288) were tied for fifth at 862.
Leading IU for the fourth time in five fall tournaments, Jorge Campillo tied for 19th with a 1-under-par 215. The freshman notched even-par 72s in the first and final rounds with a 71 sandwiched in between. Campillo closed out the fall season leading the club with a 72.87 scoring average in 15 rounds.
Freshman Drew Allenspach followed Campillo in a share of 23rd place, collecting a 216 total. After rounds of 69 and 71, the Sugar Land, Texas, native shot a final-round 76. Despite his third round, Allenspach netted his fifth straight top-30 finish in as many events.
Following the freshmen duo, Santiago Quirarte and Seth Brandon joined three other golfers in a tie for 31st. Quirarte fired the low Hoosier round of the day at 2-under-par, giving the sophomore a 217 three-round score (74-73-70).
On the heels of his career-best 69 in round two, Brandon concluded the tournament with a 74. The freshman also netted a 74 in the opening round and earned his best finish this fall.
Rounding out the lineup, Brandon Pike turned in a strong effort, shooting a 1-over 73 in the final round. Competing in just his second tournament, the freshman bounced back after a pair of 77s in the first two rounds to finish in a tie for 70th.
Scott Seibert, who played in the event as an individual, also closed on a high note with an even-par 72 in round three. The senior garnered a share of 40th place at 220 (71-77-72).
"This tournament and the entire fall season was a great learning experience for our freshmen," Indiana head coach Mike Mayer said. "I thought we competed hard, but we made some freshmen mistakes. We have grown up a lot in the fall, and we now know what we need to work on to get better. Hopefully when these kids come back in the spring, they won't be freshmen any longer. This is a talented group of athletes, and they are going to leave their mark on this program."
Displaying the youth movement Indiana has turned to this fall, at least three freshmen or sophomores appeared in the lineup in each of the club's five events. In addition, 19 of 25 total spots in the lineup went to freshmen or sophomores.
When the Hoosiers do return to action they will kick off their spring season on foreign soil. Indiana travels to Guadalajara, Mexico, opening the campaign on Feb. 19-20, 2006 at the Club De Golf Santa Anita North Texas Classic.
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