IU Named Golfweek National Team of the Week
March 30, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University men's golf team was named the "Men's Team of the Week" by Golfweek on Monday. Check out www.golfweek.com/college for this week's complete "Honor Roll."
The Hoosiers posted the best head-to-head record (17-1) at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championships last week. Indiana was the No. 1 match play seed after winning the 36-hole stroke play qualifier by three shots over Florida State. IU then advanced to the finals of match play before dropping their first head-to-head battle of the weekend and finishing second in the match play portion of the event.
True freshman David Erdy led the charge for the Hoosiers, taking medalist honors during the Qualifier and then winning his first two individual matches. Erdy is the third different Hoosier to earn medalist honors this season as Jorge Campillo did so at both the Wolf Run Intercollegiate and Windon Memorial Classic while Alex Martin shared first place in the prestigious Olympia Fields Invitational.
Campillo continued his good showings in match play. In two match play events this season, Campillo is now 5-0-1 in his individual showdowns.
As mentioned previously, the Hoosiers began the event on Sunday by winning the medal play Qualifier. Indiana was in a tie for 10th place after the first 18 holes, but then went on a tear during their second round to snag the top spot and the No. 1 seed in match play.
From there, the Cream and Crimson defeated #5 Stanford and the defending national champion UCLA Bruins to advance to the championship match against Middle Tennessee State. Read below for complete recaps of the first two matches.
Against the Blue Raiders, Indiana nearly pulled off yet another come-from-behind victory. The Hoosiers held a 1-0 lead thanks to Campillo's 3&2 victory over Rick Cochran. However, they found themselves behind in the other four matches. Indiana trailed by multiple holes at one point in each of the remaining matches, but battled back to extend three matches to the 18th and final green. Middle Tennessee State was able to regroup and seal the deal though by the slimmest of margins.
The field was comprised of the top 10-ranked teams nationally at the conclusion of all conference championships in 2008, two sponsor invites and is completed with the next top four teams from the NCAAs not already among the field.
Officials altered the format for the Collegiate Match Play Championship due to the proposed changes to the Division I championships. Originally conceived as a true match play event, the Collegiate Match Play Championship now contained both a medal and match play component. The 16 participating teams played 36 holes of stroke play during the first day of competition. The top eight finishers then advanced to a championship match play bracket while finishers nine through 16 were placed in a consolation bracket. Each team played three rounds of match play over the next two days. The match play portion reflects the proposed format of the NCAA Championships.
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