Men's Golf

    Orange County Up Next for Hoosiers

    Go Hoosiers! Freshman Brandon Pike will make his first spring appearance at the Orange County National Invitational.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Freshman Brandon Pike will make his first spring appearance at the Orange County National Invitational.
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 2, 2006

    Orange County National Invitational (March 4-5, 2006)
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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Looking to build on its second-place showing at the Club de Golf Santa Anita/North Texas Classic, the Indiana men's golf team travels to Winter Garden, Fla., for the Orange County National Invitational. Xavier will host the event on Saturday-Sunday, March 4-5, at the Crooked Cat Golf Course. The course is set up as a par 72 with a yardage of 7,277.

    Participating Hoosiers
    Indiana will send a team consisting of four freshmen and one sophomore. Jorge Campillo (No. 1), Drew Allenspach (No. 3), Seth Brandon (No. 4) and Brandon Pike (No. 5) make up the freshmen contingent. Sophomore Santiago Quirarte will play in the second position.

    Allenspach, Campillo and Quirarte are making their seventh starts in seven events, while Brandon has participated in four events (3 starts), including as a member of the lineup at the spring-opening Club de Golf Santa Anita/North Texas Classic. Pike will make his third appearance in the starting lineup and first showing this spring.

    This is the second time head coach Mike Mayer has employed this lineup. The quintet finished fifth (out of 19 teams) at the Xavier Invitational on Oct. 10-11.

    Quoting Coach Mayer
    "Brandon played extremely well in the last two qualifying rounds and deserves to be in the lineup this weekend. Hopefully he will make a positive contribution. We are extremely young with four freshmen and one sophomore but, like I've said before, these freshmen have grown up in a hurry and I think they are ready for the challenge. You do not make it to the top of the Golfstat Freshman Impact rankings on good looks alone -- although they are a good looking freshman class. Seriously we are excited to be going down to Orange County National which, coincidentally, is where Jeff Overton earned his PGA tour card in December. Hopefully Jeff can give us some tips on how to play the course. It's going to be fun."

    Inside The Orange County National Invitational
    The Indiana University men's golf team heads to its second tournament of the spring season at the Orange County National Invitational on Saturday-Sunday, March 4-5, in Winter Garden, Fla. Xavier will host the event at the Crooked Cat Golf Course. The course is set up as a par 72 with a yardage of 7,277.

    The event consists of three rounds, 36 holes played on Saturday and the final 18 holes taking place on Sunday. Along with Indiana and No. 34 Xavier, 13 teams will compete at the tournament, including Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Iowa State, Marshall, UNC-Greensboro, Ohio, Penn State, Rhode Island, Texas-San Antonio, Virginia Commonwealth, Wichita State, Wisconsin and No. 42 Lamar.

    Tournament play begins Saturday with a shotgun first-round start at 8 a.m. (EST). The second 18 opens with a shotgun start following the completion of round one. On Sunday, the final round commences with shotgun tee times starting at 8 a.m.

    Tournament Results
    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 jkeag@indiana.edu.

    Last Time Out
    Securing its best finish of the 2005-06 campaign, the Indiana men's golf team placed second at the Club de Golf Santa Anita/North Texas Classic on Feb. 19-20. The Hoosiers posted a 290 in the third and final round to finish at 868 (297-281-290), three strokes behind first-place Houston (288-290-287) in the 11-team field.

    Participating in its first event in just over four months at the Club de Golf Santa Anita (par 72, 6,884 yards), IU recorded its best showing since a runner-up finish at the 2005 Big Ten Championships (May 6-8).

    Freshman Jorge Campillo appeared to have medalist honors in hand only to be thwarted by Houston's Pablo Acuan (72-70-68), who birdied five of his final six holes to defeat Campillo by one stroke and lift the Cougars to the championship.

    Campillo closed with a sterling 4-under-par 68, matching his best round of the season and ended the tournament at 5-under 211.

    Following Campillo, sophomore Santiago Quirarte enjoyed a brilliant return to his home country after netting a share of fourth place. The Queretaro product carded his third straight 71 to close at 3-under 213.

    On the heels of a sensational 68 in round two, freshman Seth Brandon cruised to the best finish of his career. The Dalton, Ga., native posted a 219 total (76-68-75) to garner a three-way tie for 13th.

    Campillo Named Big Ten Golfer Of The Week
    Jorge Campillo earned Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors, the league office announced on Feb. 23. He is the first Hoosier to capture the award this season, the first since current PGA Tour member Jeff Overton (2002-05) won the honor on May 3, 2005, and the first freshman to earn the accolade since Santiago Quirarte on March 18, 2005.

    Campillo led the Hoosiers to a second-place showing at the Club de Golf Santa Anita/North Texas Classic in Guadalajara, Mexico on Feb. 19-20 following a runner-up finish, the best placing of his career.

    The Caceres, Spain native is the first Hoosier freshman to register a top-five finish since Quirarte placed fourth at the 2005 Pioneer Classic (March 15-16). He also grabbed the best finish for a freshman since Overton tied for second at the 2002 FirstEnergy Intercollegiate.

    Campillo owns a team-best 72.44 scoring average in six events. 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.

    Freshmen Climb To The Top
    Following a dominant showing at the Club de Golf Santa Anita/North Texas Classic (Feb. 19-20), 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). The four freshmen that have seen action - Drew Allenspach, Seth Brandon, Jorge Campillo and Brandon Pike - have accounted for 17 of the 30 total spots in the lineup during the Hoosiers' six events this season and hold a 73.63 average.

    Quirarte's Homecoming
    Sophomore Santiago Quirarte enjoyed a brilliant return to his home country after netting a share of fourth place at the Club de Golf Santa Anita/North Texas Classic (Feb. 19-20). The Queretaro product carded his third straight 71 to close at 3-under 213.

    Quirarte's finish was his first top five this season, the second of his career and matched his best career placing (fourth place at the 2005 Pioneer Classic).

    On the season, Quirarte only trails freshman Jorge Campillo with a 72.94 scoring average.

    Brandon Returns With A Bang
    Making his third start of the season, Seth Brandon did not disappoint in Guadalajara (Feb. 19-20). The freshman captured the best finish of his career by tying for 13th place. Brandon shot a career-low 68 on the second 18 and lowered his scoring average to 74.50 in four events.

    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. He kept pace to open the spring, collecting his fourth top 25 after sharing 24th place in Mexico (Feb. 19-20).

    Like Campillo, Allenspach also is ahead of Jeff Overton's record-setting freshman average (74.45, 2002) with a 73.72 mark of his own.

    Young Guns
    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 has appeared in 57 percent of the lineup spots (17-of-30) in six events this season and six more starting spots went to sophomore Santiago Quirarte.

    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.

    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 Winter Garden, Fla. (March 4-5).

    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.

    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.

     

     


       

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