Hoosiers Enter Big Ten Championships as Top Seed
April 24, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 19 Indiana men's golf team travels to the Big Ten Championships on Friday-Sunday, April 25-27, in East Lansing, Mich, and enters the tournament as the top seed. The event will be hosted by Michigan State and played at the Forest Akers West Course. The course is set up as a par 72 with a yardage of 7,013.
The event consists of four rounds, 36 holes played on Friday, 18 holes on Saturday and the final 18 holes on Sunday. No. 19 Indiana enters the championships as the top seed and will be joined by (in order by seeding), No. 29 Michigan State, No. 33 Penn State, No. 44 Michigan, Ohio State, Illinois, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Minnesota, Iowa and Purdue. The Hoosiers will tee off with Michigan State the first 36 holes.
Tee times are set for 9 a.m. EDT on Friday with the second round to start approximately 30 minutes upon the completion of round one. The third round will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday with the final round kicking of at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Pairings will be in twosomes on Friday and threesomes on Saturday and Sunday off both No. 1 and 10 tees.
IU has won the Big Ten Championships eight times ('62, '68, '70, '73, '74, '75, '91, '98), the second most in the conference since 1962. The Hoosiers best finish since 1998 is a second-place showing in 2005.
Taking Home The Trophy
At the UMB Bank-Mizzou Tiger Classic, Campillo paced the 70-player field with a 4-under-par 212 (72-66-74). The junior finished the Boilermaker Invitational with a 15-under-par 201. Campillo matched a course record, shot a career-low round and the second-lowest 18 in Hoosier history with a 9-under 63 on the opening 18. He came back with a 4-under-par 68 in round two to go along with his final-round 70, which gave him the third-best 54-hole total in IU history.
The Caceres, Spain, native now has five career championships and won back-to-back titles for the second time in his career, as he won the 2007 GADO North Texas Classic and the Pinehurst Intercollegiate. He is the second Hoosier to earn medalist honors this season.
As was the case at the 2007 Pinehurst Intercollegiate, a Hoosier hoisted the championship trophy in 2008. 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 became the first Hoosier to win an event since Campillo's 2007 win.
Best In The Big Ten
Campillo now owns two first, one second and two ties for fifth this season. He leads the club with five top-five, six top-10 and nine top-25 finishes this year. The junior also heads the team with a 71.88 scoring average. Brandon has a first, second and tie for fifth to his credit in 11 events this season. He is second on the team with a 73.41 scoring average. He trails Campillo with three top-five, four top-10 and seven top-25 finishes this season.
Hoosiers In The Rankings
In Golfweek's individual rankings, junior Jorge Campillo has climbed into the national top 25 at No. 25. He is the top-ranked player in the Big Ten.
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