Freshmen Surge to Top in Golfstat's Rankings
Feb. 28, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Following a dominant showing at the Club de Golf Santa Anita/North Texas Classic, the Indiana men's golf freshman class bolted into the top spot in Golfstat's Freshman Class Impact Ranking. After finishing third in the final fall rankings, the Hoosiers (421.530) moved ahead of second-place South Carolina (397.309) and third-place UCLA (391.360).
At the Club de Golf Santa Anita/North Texas Classic in Guadalajara, Mexico (Feb. 19-20), Jorge Campillo led Indiana to a second-place showing with a runner-up finish, the best placing of his career. The Caceres, Spain native closed with a sterling 4-under-par 68, matching his best round of the season (round two at the Wolverine Intercollegiate, Sept. 24-25), and ended the tournament at 5-under 211.
Campillo bounced back from an opening 74 with a 69 and his phenomenal final-round tally to earn Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors. He has appeared in all six of the Hoosiers' tournaments (18 rounds) and leads the club with a 72.44 scoring average.
Also in Guadalajara, Seth Brandon cruised to the best finish of his career as he finished in a three-way tie for 13th place. The Dalton, Ga., native posted a 219 total (76-68-75), including his best round as Hoosier in round two. Brandon owns a 74.50 average in 12 rounds this season.
Drew Allenspach holds the third-lowest average on the team at 73.72 and joins Campillo as one of only three Hoosiers to play in each event this season (sophomore Santiago Quirarte is the third). Collecting his fourth top 25 in six events, Allenspach shared 24th in Mexico. The Sugar Land, Texas product sandwiched a pair of 76s around a 73 in round two for a 225.
Rounding out the quartet of freshman who have seen time this year, Brandon Pike appeared in two fall tournaments and posted an average of 75.17. He garnered his best round of the season with a 70 at the Wolverine Intercollegiate (Sept. 24-25).
Each member of the top-ranked freshman class in the county earned a spot in the lineup for this weekend's Orange County National Invitational. The event, hosted by Xavier in Orlando, Fla., tees up with two rounds on Saturday, March 4 and concludes with the final 18 on Sunday, March 5.
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