Hoosiers Tie for Sixth at UNCG Bridgestone Classic
Oct. 30, 2007
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Ending its six-tournament fall campaign, the No. 19 Indiana men's golf team shared sixth place at the 15-team UNCG Bridgestone Classic on Tuesday afternoon. The Hoosiers shot an 874 (298-291-285) at the two-day event hosted by the Forest Oaks Country Club (par 72 - 7,197 yards).
IU closed the event tied with LSU, while No. 32 Louisville took home the team title at 860. The Cardinals posted a three-shot victory over No. 24 Mississippi State.
"We put ourselves in a big hole after the first round and tried our best to climb out of it, but the hole turned out to be a little too deep," Indiana head coach Mike Mayer said. "I don't think we ever gave up and we beat some great teams. We started out so fast today and had a chance to do something special before faltering a little down the stretch. Nevertheless, the effort was there and I'm proud of the way this team competed."
The field featured five teams ranked in the top 25, headlined by No. 11 Wake Forest, in addition to No. 26 North Carolina, Louisville and No. 41 Kent State. Indiana finished the 54 holes ahead of Wake Forest and No. 25 Arkansas.
Three Hoosiers shot under par on the final 18 with junior Seth Brandon shooting the low round at 2-under-par 70. Coupled with his day one 146 (74-72), Brandon netted his fourth top-15 finish in six fall events with a tie for 11th. The Dalton, Ga., native was the top Hoosier finisher in half of the tournaments as well.
The top finisher in the other three events was junior Jorge Campillo, who shared 18th place. Campillo netted a 1-under-par 71 on the final 18 to finish at 218 (75-72-71). He closed out the fall campaign with five top 20s in six outings.
Drew Allenspach carded his second consecutive round at even par or lower, closing with a 1-under 71 on the heels of a 72. With his opening-round 76, the junior ended the Classic in a tie for 23rd at 219.
In the fourth position, sophomore Alex Martin gained his sixth straight top 30 of the season. Martin shared 29th place by sandwiching a pair of 73s around a middle-round 75 for a 221 total.
After struggling to an 81 in round one, true freshman Paul Park responded with a respectable 75-74 finish. In his first action in the lineup, Park finished in a share of 69th place.
Louisville's Derek Fathauer earned medalist honors with a 10-under-par 206 (71-67-68), five shots clear of Kent State's Brett Cairns (72-68-71).
Indiana kicks off its spring season on February 16 at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate. The University of North Florida will host the event at the challenging Sawgrass Country Club in Point Vedra, Fla. Sawgrass hosted the PGA Tour's PLAYERS Championship from 1977-81.
"We are in the position we wanted to be in heading into the spring season," Mayer said. "I'm very pleased with our ranking and with some of the quality teams we defeated. We'll take some time to look at what we need to do to get better. I know these guys will work their butts of this winter and will come back ready to play in February."
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