Indiana Shares Second Through 54 Holes at Big Tens
April 28, 2012
FRENCH LICK, Ind. - The Indiana men's golf team shot a 6-over-par 294 in the third round at the Big Ten Men's Golf Championships on Saturday to move into a tie for second place through 54 holes. IU sits at 891 (293-304-294) with Michigan State (292-303-296) and enters the final round seven shots behind Illinois (301-291-292) at the renowned Pete Dye Course (par 72; 7,152 yards) hosted by the French Lick Resort.
Following a 6-over start through the first five holes, including an aggregate plus-4 score on the fourth, the Hoosiers played level golf the rest of the way. Junior Corey Ziedonis jumpstarted the team's solid play with an eagle on the sixth hole.
"We stumbled out of the gate once again and the fourth hole really bit us hard," Indiana head coach Mike Mayer said. "Sometimes good things happen to those who are patient and disciplined. After the first five holes I wasn't in the best mood, but the kids hung in there and did a great job today.
"Corey made a two at perhaps the toughest hole on the golf course and that was a big momentum swing for us."
Boosted by his eagle, Ziedonis matched sophomore David Mills for the team's low round with an even par 72.
"I had 173 yards and was playing to the front edge of the green. I hit it a little long and left of my target and it just happened to go in," Ziedonis said of his eagle. "The weather conditions were conducive for scoring today. My eagle definitely helped and I kept it steady for the rest of the round."
Mills entered the back nine at 2-over par before reeling off birdies at No. 11, 14 and 18 en route to his 72.
"I got off to a shaky start, but I ended up making a little run at the end. I expect us to have a shot tomorrow and look forward to it," Mills said.
With his third round, Mills moved into the top 10. The Evansville, Ind., native shares sixth place at 5-over 221 (76-73-72) with teammate Chase Wright.
Wright, who opened with rounds of 72 and 74 on day one, sat at 5-over through 10 holes before rallying with birdies at the 12th and 14th holes. The senior played in the team's top position and finished round three with a 3-over 75.
Senior David Erdy matched Wright's 75 and is tied for 18th place with a 227 three-round mark (74-78-75). The Boonville, Ind., native carded three birdies and sat at 1-over before a double bogey on the par-3 16th.
Ziedonis sits just outside the top 20 in a share of 21st with a 228 (75-81-72) and junior Brant Peaper is tied for 35th at 232 (72-79-81).
Indiana will be paired with Illinois on Sunday and will tee off from the first tee at 9:20 a.m. The Hoosiers have enjoyed advantages in their first two pairings, beating Iowa by 17 strokes on day one and Purdue by 14 today.
"It's going to take an extra special round tomorrow," Mayer said. "We've shot those before and we are capable of doing it again."
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