Men's Golf

    adidas Hoosier Invitational Begins Saturday

    Go Hoosiers! Junior Seth Brandon looks for his second straight victory at this weekend's adidas Hoosier Invitational.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Junior Seth Brandon looks for his second straight victory at this weekend's adidas Hoosier Invitational.
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 28, 2008

    adidas Hoosier Invational Release (March 29-30) Get Acrobat Reader

    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.

    Hoosier Lineup
    Head coach Mike Mayer is keeping the same lineup in tact that earned a 24-shot victory at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate on March 16-18. Junior Jorge Campillo (72.50) will play in the No. 1 position followed by junior Seth Brandon (72.96), junior Drew Allenspach (73.71), sophomore Alex Martin (74.21) and true freshman Ren Han (75.17). The quintet also started the spring-opening event at the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational.

    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.

    Tournament Results
    Complete tournament results will be made available on the web at IUHoosiers.com. For more information, contact associate media relations director Jeff Keag at (812) 855-6209 or via e-mail at jkeag@indiana.edu. There will be no live scoring for the event.

    A Look At The Hoosier Invitational
    This is the second Hoosier Invitational and the first one sponsored by adidas. In 2003, Indiana earned the team title, blowing away the 15-team field by 33 strokes with a 15-under 837.

    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
    IU is hosting its third tournament of the season. The Hoosiers played host to 15 teams at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate (Sept. 22-23) at the Wolf Run Golf Club in Zionsville, Ind. Indiana collect a third-place finish, seven shots behind Penn State.

    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
    Following its dominant 24-shot victory at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate, Indiana shot up in college golf's rankings. Indiana sits 17th in Golfstat's rankings and owns the 18th spot in Golfweek's rankings. Facing arguably the toughest schedule in school history, the Hoosiers are the top-ranked Big Ten club in both polls.

    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
    The Hoosiers collected their second straight team title at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate (March 16-18). Indiana cruised to a 24-shot victory in the 19-team field, finishing at 1-over 865. IU posed a 2-under 286 in round one and wrapped up the tournament up with a 1-under 287.

    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
    As was the case at the 2007 Pinehurst Intercollegiate, a Hoosier hoisted the championship trophy. Junior Seth Brandon picked up his second collegiate championship after a near flawless three rounds of golf.

    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
    With his victory at Pinehurst, Seth Brandon picked up the first Big Ten Golfer of the Week honor of his career. He became the first Hoosier to earn the league's weekly honor since Jorge Campillo in 2007.

    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
    Along with Seth Brandon's victory, the Hoosiers peppered the leaderboard at Pinehurst. True freshman Ren Han finished right behind Brandon in a share of second at 217, while junior Jorge Campillo tied for fifth at 218. Junior Drew Allenspach and sophomore Alex Martin rounded out the lineup by collecting a pair of top 10s. The duo was joined by true freshman Paul Park, who also shot 223 playing as an individual.

    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.

    Freshman-Freshman
    One of the points head coach Mike Mayer harped on entering the 2007-08 season was the depth on this golf team, and it is beginning to show after winter workouts and the first two spring tournaments. With six Hoosiers in the top 10 at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate, the Hoosiers demonstrated anyone in the lineup is capable of making a run at a championship.

    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
    Knowing he could have one of the strongest teams in his 10 years as head coach, Mike Mayer stacked the schedule this year with loaded fields on some of the most challenging courses in the country. With his expectations raised, the team has done a formidable job raising its game.

    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.

    Familiar Faces
    The Hoosiers are starting the same lineup for the third consecutive tournament to open the spring campaign. Indiana opened the spring on Feb. 17-19 at the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational.

    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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