Hoosiers Down Tennessee, Advance to Fifth Place Match
March 19, 2012
BRADENTON, Fla. -
The No. 6 seed Indiana Hoosiers men's golf team (No. 34 Golfweek-Sagarin/No. 32 Golfstat) posted a 3-2 victory over No. 10 seed Tennessee on Monday to advance to the fifth place match on Tuesday against No. 9 seed East Carolina at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship.
"Jim Kelson is a coach I really respect," said Indiana head coach Mike Mayer. "They fight hard and never quit. We really got off to a great start, stumbled a bit in the middle, and put together a good finish. It's nice to get a win against a quality team like Tennessee."
Seniors Chase Wright and David Erdy, along with junior Brant Peaper picked up the three victories for the Hoosiers. The trio has been consistent throughout the event for the Cream and Crimson. Erdy has a perfect 3-0 mark heading into the final match, while Wright and Peaper have each posted 2-1 records.
Wright raced to a 4-up lead through five holes and never looked back, notching the 4&3 win over Garrick Porteous. The Muncie, Ind. native's scorecard showed three birdies when the match ended with three holes remaining.
Erdy also got things rolling early in the match, winning the first two holes against Marshall Talkington. After Talkington squared the match through five, Erdy went on a run with wins on four of the next five holes to separate, ultimately earning a 3&2 triumph.
Peaper used a three-hole win streak during the middle portion of his match with Brandon Rogers to grab control. Both players halved the final five holes of the match, leaving Peaper with a 3&2 win.
Sophomore David Mills was 2-up through three holes against Jay Vandeventer, but the match was tight with three separate ties throughout. The two players were all square heading into the final hole, but a Vandeventer bogey gave him a 1-up win over Mills.
Ziedonis held a brief lead over Rick Lamb, but fell behind during the middle portion of the match. Lamb birdied the match's 17th hole to get the 2&1 win.
The Hoosiers meet No. 9 seed East Carolina on Tuesday with fifth place on the line. ECU defeated No. 4 seed Oklahoma State to advance to the fifth place matchup.
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