Feb. 16, 2006
Santa Anita/NT Classic Release (PDF)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Returning to the golf course for the first time in just over four months, the Indiana men's golf team opens its spring campaign at the Club de Golf Santa Anita/North Texas Classic on Sunday-Monday, Feb. 19-20, in Guadalajara, Mexico. North Texas will host the event at the Club de Golf Santa Anita. The course is set up as a par 72 with a yardage of 6,884.
Indiana will send a team consisting of three freshmen, one senior and one sophomore. Jorge Campillo (No. 1), Drew Allenspach (No. 3) and Seth Brandon (No. 4) make up the freshmen contingent. Sophomore Santiago Quirarte will play in the second position, while senior Scott Seibert rounds out the lineup in the fifth spot.
Allenspach, Campillo and Quirarte are making their sixth starts in six events, while Seibert is playing in his fifth straight event and appearing in the starting lineup for the fourth time this season. Meanwhile, Brandon has participated in three events, including as a member of the lineup at the NCAA Central Regional Preview and Xavier Invitational. He played as an individual at the Wolverine Intercollegiate.
Inside The Club de Golf Santa Anita/NT Classic
The event consists of three rounds, 36 holes played on Sunday and the final 18 holes taking place on Monday. Along with Indiana and North Texas, nine other teams will compete at the tournament, including Arkansas-Little Rock, Cal State Northridge, Houston, Iowa State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Middle Tennessee State, Oral Roberts, Southeastern Louisiana and Texas State.
Tournament play begins Sunday with a shotgun first-round start at 8:15 a.m. (CST). The second 18 starts with a shotgun start following the completion of round one. On Monday, the final round commences with shotgun tee times starting at 7:30 a.m.
Complete tournament results will be made available on the web at IUHOOSIERS.com following the event. For more information, contact Jeff Keag at (812) 855-6209 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Last Time Out
Capping off its fall season at the Xavier Invitational (Oct. 10-11), the Indiana men's golf team closed with a 1-over-par 289 during the 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).
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.
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 to claim his fifth straight top-30 finish in as many events.
Quirarte Returns Home
The Club de Golf Santa Anita/North Texas Classic not only opens the Hoosiers' spring season, it serves as a homecoming of sorts for sophomore Santiago Quirarte. With the tournament being held in Guadalajara, Mexico, Quirarte gets the opportunity to return to his home country. Quirarte is a native of Queretaro, Mexico, which is approximately 200 miles East of Guadalajara.
Upon his return home, Quirarte will play in the second position for the Hoosiers behind freshman Jorge Campillo. He will be making his sixth straight appearance in the starting lineup after making all five starts in the fall. Quirarte closed out the fall season with a 73.33 average, the second-best mark on the team, and posted his best finish of the fall (19th) at the Gopher Invitational (Sept. 17-18).
Campillo Captures No. 1 Spot
Freshman Jorge Campillo showed he is the team's clear-cut No. 1 golfer entering the spring after producing a team-leading 72.87 mark in five fall events. The Caceres, Spain native appeared in all five of the club's tournaments, recording three top-20 and four top-25 finishes as well as producing the team's best finish in four of the five events. Campillo's tie for 14th at the Gopher Invitational (Sept. 17-18) was his best finish of the fall.
If Campillo keeps up his red-hot ball striking, he has a chance to set the school's all-time freshman scoring record. Former Hoosier All-American Jeff Overton owns the mark following a 74.45 (31 rounds) in 2002.
Allenspach = Mr. Consistent
Along with Jorge Campillo, freshman Drew Allenspach exceeded expectations with some brilliant play in the fall. The Sugar Land, Texas product netted five straight top-30 places en route to posting a 73.47 average, the third-best mark on the team. With his share of 18th at the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge (Oct. 3-4), Allenspach claimed his best finish during the fall. Additionally, he boasted three top 25s.
Like Campillo, Allenspach is ahead of Jeff Overton's record-setting freshman scoring average of 74.45 set in 2002.
Freshmen Ranked Third
The Hoosier freshman class finished third in Golfstat's final Freshman Class Impact Ranking of the fall season. Drew Allenspach, Seth Brandon, Jorge Campillo and Brandon Pike accounted for 14 of the 25 total spots in the lineup during the Hoosiers' five fall events. South Carolina (392.922) led the rankings followed by Georgia (389.348) and IU (384.348). The foursome combined for a 73.80 fall average.
Brandon Back In Lineup
Seth Brandon is getting his third opportunity to start this season in Guadalajara. The freshman started the first and final events of the fall with an individual appearance sandwiched in-between. In nine rounds, the Dalton, Ga., product netted a 75.00 scoring mark. He collected a tie for 31st place and fired a second-round 69, both season bests, at the Xavier Invitational (Oct. 10-11).
Allenspach A Jr. All-American
Drew Allenspach was named a Rolex Junior All-American by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA). The AJGA announced 72 boys and 63 girls earned All-America honors with Allenspach selected as a member of the third team.
Introduced by the AJGA in 1978, the Rolex Junior All-America teams annually recognize those players who have established themselves as the world's premier junior golfers.
The Hoosiers boast a youthful squad in 2005-06. Only three seniors appear on a roster featuring five freshmen, two sophomores and three juniors. The freshman class appeared in 56 percent of the lineup spots (14-of-25) in five fall events and five more starting spots went to sophomore Santiago Quirarte. At the Club de Golf Santa Anita/North Texas Classic, IU sends three freshmen, a sophomore and a senior to Guadalajara.
An International Flavor
Beginning with David Butwell (Southampton, England) in 2003, Indiana has welcomed an influx of international talent to Bloomington. Santiago Quirarte (Queretaro, Mexico) joined the Hoosiers last season and Spaniards Jorge Campillo (Caceres) and Eric Serch (Barcelona) came aboard this season. Quirarte and Campillo have played in each event this season and will lead the Hoosier contingent to Guadalajara.
Martin Signs NLI
Alex Martin (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) has signed a national letter-of-intent to attend Indiana beginning in the fall semester of 2006.
Martin, who is currently ranked the top junior golfer in Ohio by Junior Golf Scoreboard, has put together an enviable resume on the junior and high school levels. In 2004, he captured the Ohio Golf Association Junior Championship and qualified for the U.S. Junior Championship after winning the local qualifier by five strokes.
At St. Xavier, Martin led his team to consecutive third-place finishes at state and had the team ranked No. 1 in the city the entire 2005 season, which just concluded in October.
Additionally, Martin captured a pair of titles en route to setting a school-record 73.8 scoring average. He went on to net the lowest average in the Greater Cincinnati area and earned conference Player of the Year honors to go along with being named Player of the Year in the Greater Cincinnati area.
Mayer Named To Committee
Indiana head coach Mike Mayer has been named to the NCAA Midwest Regional Advisory Committee. The committee consists of four members and is chaired by Jamie Mauntler (University of Toledo).
Mayer will serve a four-year term, during which one of the years he will serve as chair. The committee's responsibilities include selecting six teams from the Midwest Region who will receive bids into the NCAA postseason. This is Mayer's first time on the committee.
Overton On The PGA Tour
Closing with a 3-under-par 69 in the sixth round of the final stage at Q-School on Dec. 5, former Indiana men's golfer Jeff Overton finished in a tie for 13th place to earn his PGA Tour card. Overton completed the grueling six-round qualifier at 13-under-par 419 (68-71-69-74-68-69).
The former two-time All-American has already played in three events early on in the PGA season. Kicking off the campaign, Overton tied for 24th at the Sony Open but failed to make the cuts at the Buick Invitational and the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.