March 19, 2012
BRADENTON, Fla. -
The Indiana Hoosiers men's golf team (No. 34 Golfweek-Sagarin/No. 32 Golfstat) opened the Callaway Collegiate Match Play with a first round victory over No. 11 seed Kennesaw State, 3.5-1.5, on Sunday morning at The Concession Golf Club. The Hoosiers, competing as the No. 6 seed, advanced and fell to No. 3 seed Duke in round two in the afternoon session.
First Round Recap: No. 6 seed Indiana 3.5 - No. 11 seed Kennesaw State 1.5
The Hoosiers were led by senior Chase Wright, junior Brant Peaper, and senior David Erdy in the opening round victory over Kennesaw State, grabbing the 3.5-1.5 win to advance into round two. Along with the trio of winners, junior Corey Ziedonis earned a half point by finishing all square with Ben Greene.
"It was a tough match, a tough battle," said Indiana head coach Mike Mayer. "Kennesaw State is a solid team and they played very, very well. We got down early, but we really fought back to win the match."
Wright, competing in the No. 1 position, notched a hard earned 1-up victory over Matt Nagy. Wright's card showed five birdies, including a winning four on the par-5 13th.
Peaper notched a 3&1 triumph over Jimmy Beck after trailing by two after nine holes. Peaper rebounded and went 1-up after 12 and never looked back.
Erdy found himself down one early on to Peder Hermansson, but quickly turned things around with winning birdies on the fourth and fifth holes of the match to grab a 2-up lead. The Boonville, Ind. native controlled the remainder of the match to record the 4&2 win.
Ziedonis had a back and forth duel with Ben Greene in a matchup that included three lead changes. Ziedonis was 1-up heading into his final hole, the par-4 16th. A bogey from Ziedonis left the Hoosiers with a half point.
Freshman David Mills
fell behind early against Jeff Karlsson and never recovered, falling 6&5.
Second Round Recap: No. 3 seed Duke 4 - No. 6 seed Indiana 1
The Hoosiers were defeated by No. 3 seed Duke in the second round, 4-1, with Erdy collecting the lone IU win of the matchup.
"Duke was a very, very tough opponent," said Mayer. "The match was a lot closer than the final score indicated. Chase Wright's match and Brant Peaper's match both went down to the last hole and we had a chance to win both of those matches and take the overall team win, but Duke's a top-20 program. We've faced them before and beat them so they got us back one. We'll come out tomorrow and try to win our next match."
Erdy lost the opening hole against Tim Gornik, but came back strong, winning four of the next five holes and going on to the 1-up victory.
Wright was all square against Julian Suri with three holes to play, but lost the final two to birdies.
Peaper led Austin Cody through nine holes, but a bogey on the 13th hole of the match gave Cody a lead he would not relinquish. Peaper posted a winning par late in the match to pull within one, but Cody held on for the 1-up win.
Mills and Ziedonis each struggled in the second round, with Mills falling 5&4 to Brinson Paolini and Ziedonis going down to Yaroslav Merkulov 6&5.
The Hoosiers take on Tennessee in the fifth place bracket on Monday.