April 11, 2014
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT
The Hoosiers will be part of the 14-team tournament this weekend at the NYX Hoosier Invitational, which is being held in the spring for the seventh consecutive season. The Hoosiers are the defending champions after claiming a five-stroke victory last year over Illinois State. The individual champion from last year - Indiana's Andrew Fogg - is also back for a run at the repeat title.
The tournament will begin a 8:30 a.m. on Saturday with a shotgun start for 36 holes. Then Sunday's round will open at 9:00 a.m. with another shotgun start.
Past Winners (Team / Individual)
2008 - Eastern Kentucky (582, +14) / Jesse Massie (EKU), 139**
2009 - Indiana (839, -13) / Jorge Campillo (Indiana), 203
2010 - Indiana (838, -14) / Chase Wright (Indiana), 204
2011 - Indiana (852, E) / Tyler Merkel (Ball State), 209
2012 - Northwestern (841, -11) / Eric Chun (NW), 204
2013 - Indiana (850, -2) / Andrew Fogg (Indiana), 208
**Shortened to 36 holes due to rain
THE FIELD THIS WEEK
The field this week includes Akron, Butler, Evansville, Illinois State, Indiana, IPFW, IUPUI, Michigan, Oakland, Ohio, Toledo, Western Illinois, Xavier, Youngstown State.
LAST TIME OUT
The last time the Hoosiers were on the course, they finished eighth out of 16 teams at the Irish Creek Collegiate in Kannapolis, N.C. Indiana was led by sophomore Max Kollin and freshman Will Seger, who both posted scores of 220 for the tournament to finish inside the Top 25.
INDIANA IN THE RANKINGS
The Hoosiers have played a very strong fall portion of the schedule with a young team and their solid play has them ranked No. 88 in the Golfstat rankings and No. 79 in the Golfweek rankings this week.
David Mills' second round score of 68 at the Northern Intercollegiate was tied for the best round of the day on Saturday and put him in a position to compete for the individual title on the final day. It was also his lowest round since shooting a 66 in April of 2012.
After Hugo Menendez's round of 69 at Talis Park, there have been five different players for the Hoosiers that have posted rounds of 68 or 69 this season.
The Hoosiers will close out the regular season next weekend at the Boilermaker Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind.
AT THE BIG TEN MATCH PLAY
Sophomore Max Kollin and freshman Will Seger both posted 3-1 records in their first appearance at the Big Ten Match Play Championship. Kollin had three of his matches come down to the final hole and he went 2-1 in those matches.
David Mills: 1-2-1
Max Kollin: 3-1
Keegan Vea: 1-2
Nicholas Grubnich: 2-2
Will Seger: 3-1
Andrew Havill: 0-1
As expected from the start of the season, a number of new faces were going to be carrying the Hoosiers this season on the links. With just two seniors on the roster and a handful of players that had not seen regular time in the lineup in their career entering this season, there were going to be chances for the freshmen to step in and contribute right away.
As the season has gone on, they have become more and more comfortable in the lineup and never was that more evident than at the Snowman Getaway. Andrew Havill, carded the lowest tournament score of the year by a Hoosier at 208 on his way to a T7 finish. His opening round 68 put him in the chase from the start and he carried that through the final two rounds.
A pair of of freshmen also paced the Hoosiers' team scores in the tournament, with Will Seger checking in with a 213 and Keegan Vea right behind him with 214. Seger matched Havill's first round 68 while Vea finished with rounds of 70 and 71 to climb back into the top 25.
BIG TEN GOLFER OF THE WEEK
Senior David Mills picked up his first career Big Ten weekly honor earlier in the fall, when the conference selected him as the Big Ten Golfer of the Week. The Evansville native earned the award after a T4 finish at the Northern Intercollegiate (Sept. 6-8). He posted rounds of 74, 68 and 72 on his way to his seventh career top 5 finish in a tournament.