Hoosiers Finish Strong at Isleworth Collegiate
Oct. 25, 2011
WINDERMERE, Fla. - The Indiana Hoosiers men's golf team (No. 33 Golfstat, No. 33 Golfweek/Sagarin) fired the second lowest score of the final round at the Isleworth Collegiate, posting a 3-over 291 to tie for fourth among a 15-team field that featured many of the nation's best squads.
"It's always gratifying to come down and play in a tournament like this and beat some of the top teams in the country like Stanford, Alabama, and Oklahoma State, especially when we still feel like we have something else to offer them," said Indiana head coach Mike Mayer. "I thought for the third straight tournament we fought from start to finish and never gave up."
The Hoosiers finished 24-over (296-301-291---888) for the tournament, tied with No. 10 California for fourth and placing ahead of a host of highly ranked teams, including No. 3 Alabama (+26), No. 5 Stanford (+27), No. 16 UCF (+33), and No. 9 Oklahoma State (+40). No. 1 Texas captured the team title after posting an 8-under 856.
"It was a very, very good round today under extremely tough conditions," said Mayer. "We never looked ahead of ourselves and got everything we could out of the round. We're still doing this with David Erdy, one of our top players, not at one-hundred percent and he will be back."
Senior Chase Wright put together an impressive 2-under 70 in the final round to lead the way for the Hoosiers. Wright was at 4-over 220 (73-77-70) for the tournament and finished tied for 10th, marking his third consecutive top-10 finish and fourth of the fall season.
Sophomore David Mills tied for 16th, finishing with a 5-over 221 (72-77-72). Mills birdied two of his final six holes en route to an even-par final round. The Evansville, Ind. native has registered four top-25 showings this fall.
Junior Corey Ziedonis finished with a 2-over 74 and 8-over 224 (73-77-74) total to place in a tie for 28th. Fellow junior Brant Peaper tied for 32nd at 10-over 226 (78-73-75) after a 3-over 75 on Tuesday.
Senior David Erdy ended the tournament at 19-over 235 (78-74-83) to tie for 56th.
"We accomplished a lot this week," stated Mayer. "We have a lot of hard work to do this offseason and we will come out ready to go in the spring."
The Hoosiers posted top-5 team finishes in four out of five fall events, including a win at the Firestone Invitational in early October.
The Hoosiers will begin the spring portion of the schedule on February 10, 2012 at the Big Ten Match Play Championship in Bradenton, Fla.
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