Hoosiers Third After Day One at Big Ten Men's Golf Championships
April 27, 2012
FRENCH LICK, Ind. - After a long and windy opening day at the Big Ten Men's Golf Championships, Indiana sits in third place following a 36-hole 597 total (293-304). At the halfway point, the Hoosiers trail Illinois (592) and Michigan State (595) at the renowned Pete Dye Course (par 72; 7,152 yards) hosted by the French Lick Resort.
"I am really proud of our kids," head coach Mike Mayer said. "They picked themselves up quickly after a bit of a rough beginning. We finished the first round so strong to give us a great start. We stumbled a little bit in the second round, but we are still in the hunt."
Senior Chase Wright paced the team and is tied for third overall following rounds of 72 and 74. The Muncie, Ind., native sits three shots behind the Fighting Illini's Luke Guthrie (72-71).
Wright recovered nicely after dropping five shots from the third to the sixth holes during the afternoon session. He righted the ship with birdies at the seventh, eighth and 14th holes to move back into contention for medalist honors.
"Chase had a solid morning," Mayer said. "He got into a bad stretch of holes early in the second round, but he fought back. That is a testament to his determination."
David Mills bounced back from an opening round 76 with a 1-over 73 on the second 18. The sophomore from Evansville, Ind., closed out the day with a birdie on his 36th hole to move into a share of 11th place.
Junior Brant Peaper and senior David Erdy also played their way into the top 20. Peaper carded an even-par 72 in the morning session and finished at 151, good for a tie for 18th. Erdy battled into the 20th position with rounds of 74 and 78.
Rounding out the lineup, junior Corey Ziedonis shares 33rd place with a two-round 156 total (75-81).
Indiana will open round three from the first tee at 9:40 a.m. on Saturday alongside fourth place Purdue. The top two teams will start from No. 1 at 10:20.
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