Orange County Up Next for Hoosiers
March 2, 2006
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.
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
Inside The Orange County National Invitational
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.
Last Time Out
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
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
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
Allenspach = Mr. Consistent
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.
Martin Signs NLI
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
Allenspach A Jr. All-American
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
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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