April 27, 2006
Big Ten Championships (April 28-30)
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Winners of two of its last three tournaments, the Indiana men's golf team looks for the ultimate prize - a Big Ten title. The Hoosiers head to the Big Ten Championships on Friday-Sunday, April 28-30, in Chicago. The event will be hosted by Northwestern and played at Conway Farms Golf Club. The course is set up as a par 71 with a yardage of 7,168.
The event consists of four rounds, 36 holes played on Friday followed by 18 holes on Saturday and Sunday. No. 47 Indiana enters the championships as the fourth seed and will be joined by (in order by seeding), No. 31 Northwestern, No. 33 Minnesota, No. 42 Purdue, No. 53 Illinois, No. 60 Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa, Wisconsin and Penn State.
Tee times are set for 8 a.m. CDT on Friday and Sunday and at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Pairing 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 . Last season, the Hoosiers finished runner-up behind Michigan State, their best finish showing 1998. Jeff Overton became the first Hoosier since Shaun Micheel in 1991 to win medalist honors, earning a four-shot victory with a record-tying 17-under 199 (65-65-69).
Indiana will send the same team to a tournament for third straight week. Jorge Campillo (No. 1), Drew Allenspach (No. 2) and Seth Brandon (No. 4) make up the freshman contingent. Sophomore Santiago Quirarte will play in the third position, while senior Brad Marek will participate in the five spot.
Complete tournament results will be made available on the web at IUHOOSIERS.com following each round. There will be live scoring available through www.golfstat.com for all four rounds. For more information, contact Jeff Keag at (812) 855-6209 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hoosiers In The Rankings
Entering the Big Ten Championships, the Hoosiers are peaking at the perfect time. With two championships, a runner-up finish and a third-place showing in its last four events, Indiana is ranked in the top 50 in Golfweek's rankings for the first time this season. IU sits at No. 47 and rank fourth in the Big Ten.
Back In The Winner's Circle
Heading into the final round with a four-shot lead, Indiana held off a loaded field for its second title of the season at the Fossum/Spartan Invitational (April 22-23). The Hoosiers carded a final-round 295 en route to its the eighth title in head coach Mike Mayer's eight-year career.
IU finished at 870 (292-283-295) to defeat the rest of the 12-team field featuring seven of the top-60 teams in the nation and eight Big Ten clubs. The Hoosiers defeated second-place Minnesota by four strokes and cleared Xavier and Illinois by five shots The victory marked the first time since the 2003-04 season Indiana has won at least two championships in one campaign.
Prior to the Fossum, IU claimed their first championship since the 2004 Xavier Invitational (Oct. 11-12), taking apart a strong 12-team field at the Boilermaker Invitational (April 8-9). IU finished the tournament at 882 (301-287-294), finishing 14 shots better than second-place Purdue (310-288-298) and 18 strokes ahead of third-place Notre Dame (307-300-293).
Campillo Rolls To Victory
Freshman Jorge Campillo joined exclusive company at the Boilermaker Invitational (April 8-9). The Caceres, Spain native collected his first career title by eight strokes to become the first Hoosier to win a tournament since Jeff Overton claimed medalist honors at the 2005 Big Ten Championships (May 6-8).
What is even more impressive is he became the first true freshman to win an event since current assistant coach Josh Brewer was victorious at the 1995 Legends Intercollegiate.
Brandon Shares First
On the heels of freshman Jorge Campillo's victory at the Boilermaker Invitational (April 8-9), freshman Seth Brandon shared medalist honors the following weekend at the Kepler Intercollegiate (April 15-16). Brandon tied Northwestern's Kyle Moore but dropped the second playoff hole.
Despite losing out on sole possession of the title in the playoff, it goes down as a share of first place for Brandon. The Dalton, Ga., native joins Campillo and current Hoosier assistant coach Josh Brewer as the only true freshmen to claim first place in the program's history.
Allenspach = Mr. Consistent
Along with Jorge Campillo, freshman Drew Allenspach has exceeded expectations with some brilliant play this season. The Sugar Land, Texas product netted his second top-five finish after sharing fourth place at the Fossum/Spartan Invitational (April 22-23). Allenspach paced IU to is second title of the campaign with a career-low 215 (72-70-73).
On the season, Allenspach is second on the team with a 73.56 average and has recorded 12 rounds of even par or lower. He also has collected five top 20s and eight top 25s this campaign.
Quirarte Heating Up
Needing a lift from sophomore Santiago Quirarte to hang on to their championship at the Fossum/Spartan Invitational (April 22-23), the Hoosiers got just that. En route to his third-career top 10 and his second of the year, Quirarte turned in a final-round 72 to tie for 10th place. After scores of 75 and 70 in the first two rounds, he ended the event with a 217 total.
Earlier this year, he enjoyed a brilliant return to his home country after netting a share of fourth place at the Club de Golf Santa Anita/North Texas Classic (Feb. 19-20) in Guadalajara. The Queretaro native carded three straight 71s to close at 3-under 213.
Quirarte's finish was his first top five this season, the second of his career and matched his best career placing (fourth place at the 2005 Pioneer Classic). On the season, Quirarte is third on the team with a 73.81 average.
Freshman Record In Jeopardy
With a championship and a tie for third in two of his last three outings, freshman Jorge Campillo owns a team-best 72.41 scoring average in 11 events. Campillo is on pace to shatter the school's all-time freshman scoring record. Former Hoosier All-American Jeff Overton owns the mark following a 74.45 (31 rounds) in 2002.
If not for Campillo, freshmen Drew Allenspach and Seth Brandon would be battling to see who would set the new freshman mark. Allenspach is second on the team with a 73.56, while Brandon sits fourth at 74.46.
Freshmen Sit In Second
Following its victory at the Fossum/Spartan Invitational (April 22-23), the Indiana men's golf freshman class remained in second place in Golfstat's Freshman Class Impact Ranking. The Hoosiers (498.209) trail Mississippi State (515.565) and hold a huge lead over third-ranked South Carolina (399.036). The four freshmen that have seen action - Drew Allenspach, Seth Brandon, Jorge Campillo and Brandon Pike - have accounted for 34 of the 55 total spots in the lineup during the Hoosiers' 11 events this year and hold a 73.69 average.
The Hoosiers boast a youthful squad in 2005-06. Only three seniors appear on a roster featuring five freshmen, two sophomores and three juniors. The freshman class has appeared in 62 percent of the lineup spots (34-of-55) in 11 events this season and 11 more starting spots have gone to sophomore Santiago Quirarte.
Campillo Big Ten Golfer X 3
For the third time this spring, freshman Jorge Campillo earned Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors after winning the individual title at the Boilermaker Invitational (April 8-9). Campillo became the first Hoosier to collect the award three times in one season since current PGA Tour member Jeff Overton (2002-05) won the award five times during the 2003-04 campaign.
The Caceres, Spain native claimed his second straight top-10 finish at the Orange County National Invitational on March 4-5 to net his second league accolade. Campillo closed the tournament with a 212 (70-68-74), just four shots behind the tri-medalists.
In his first outing of the spring, Campillo led the Hoosiers to a second-place showing at the Club de Golf Santa Anita/North Texas Classic in Guadalajara, Mexico on Feb. 19-20 for his first Big Ten honor.
Marek Making His Mark
In his first action since the fall campaign (Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge, Oct. 3-4), senior Brad Marek came out blazing as the Hoosiers placed second at the Kepler Intercollegiate (April 15-16). The Arlington Heights, Ill., native placed in a tie for 11th place, earning the best finish of his career. Marek turned in a 224 total (72-74-78) to give Indiana three golfers in the top 11.
An International Flavor
Beginning with David Butwell (Southampton, England) in 2003, Indiana has welcomed an influx of international talent to Bloomington. Santiago Quirarte (Queretaro, Mexico) joined the Hoosiers last season, and Spaniards Jorge Campillo (Caceres) and Eric Serch (Barcelona) came aboard this season. Quirarte and Campillo have played in every event this season and will lead the Hoosier contingent to the Big Ten Championships this weekend.