adidas Hoosier Invitational Begins Saturday
March 28, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 17 Indiana men's golf team hosts its third and final tournament of the season when it welcomes 16 teams to Bloomington for the adidas Hoosier Invitational on Saturday-Sunday, March 29-30. The event will be played at the Indiana University Championship Golf Course. The course is set up as a par 71 with a yardage of 6,813.
The event consists of three rounds, 36 holes played on Saturday and the final 18 holes taking place on Sunday. Sixteen teams will join Indiana in the field, including Big Ten rival Purdue, Ball State, Bowling Green, Butler, Cleveland State, Dayton, Eastern Kentucky, Evansville, George Washington, IPFW, IUPUI, Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois, Toledo, Western Illinois and Youngstown State.
Tournament play begins Saturday with a shotgun first-round start at 8:30 a.m. EDT. The second 18 opens with a shotgun start following the completion of the opening round. On Sunday, the final round commences with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.
In addition to the starting lineup, the Hoosiers will send a group of five individuals on the course. Fifth-year senior Tad Sacheck, senior Santiago Quirarte, junior Brandon Pike, junior Eric Serch and true freshman Paul Park will also get the chance to hit the links.
A Look At The Hoosier Invitational
IU placed four players in the top 10, led by current PGA TOUR star Jeff Overton. He finished at 10-under par and held off teammate Mike Birkenfeld by five shots.
Happy to Host
The Hoosiers co-hosted the Pinehurst Intercollegiate (March 16-18) at Pinehurst No. 8 in Pinehurst, N.C. IU ran away from the field with a 24-shot victory for its first title of the season.
Hoosiers In The Rankings
In Golfweek's individual rankings, juniors Jorge Campillo and Seth Brandon are making a name for themselves on the national scene. Campillo is just outside the top 50 at No. 51, while Brandon comes in at a respectable No. 79.
Back-to-Back at Pinehurst
In 2007, the Hoosiers held off Michigan with a five-shot victory. Indiana shot an 880 following rounds of 297, 293 and 290.
Taking Home The Trophy
He opened the tournament with a 69, making him the lone player in the 100-player field to break 70, and finished at even-par 216. Brandon is the first Hoosier to win an event since Jorge Campillo earned a victory at the 2007 Pinehurst.
Brandon Earns Weekly Honor
Brandon has a first, second and tie for fifth to his credit in eight events this season. He is second on the team with a 72.96 scoring average. Brandon shares the team lead with three top-five, four top-10 and six top-25 finishes this season.
Pounding at Pinehurst
Campillo collected his third top-5 and fourth top-10 finish of the season with a share of fifth place, while Brandon secured his best finish of the year and his fifth top 25. Allenspach has one top 10 and four top 25s in seven events.
Two of the instant impact players on the team are true freshmen Ren Han and Paul Park. Han earned a spot in the lineup to open the spring and has not disappointed. Following a tie for 67th at the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational, Han nearly bested teammate Seth Brandon at Pinehurst, collecting a tie for second place.
Meanwhile, Park also put on a show at one of golf's most hallowed grounds. Playing as an individual, he claimed a share of 10th place in just his third tournament of the season.
Up To The Challenge
The Hoosiers closed the fall ranked in the top 25 in three major polls. IU finished no worse than sixth place at any tournament in six events. After sharing fourth at the Gopher Invitational on Sept. 15-16, the Hoosiers reeled off three straight third-place finishes against fields filled with top-25 teams.
In two events this spring, Indiana continued to play up to its competition, scoring its first championship of the season with a 24-stroke victory at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate on March 16-18.
Juniors Jorge Campillo, Seth Brandon and Drew Allenspach occupied three slots in the lineup along with sophomore Alex Martin and true freshman Ren Han. The quintet rank 1-5 on the team in scoring average, led by Campillo's average of 72.50. Brandon holds the No. 2 spot with a 72.96 followed by Allenspach (73.71), Martin (74.21) and Han (75.17).
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