May 1, 2014
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT
Indiana will join the other 11 members of the Big Ten Conference this weekend in French Lick, Ind., for the 2014 Big Ten Championship. The tournament is being played at the Pete Dye Course at French Lick, with teams playing 36 holes on Friday followed by 18 holes on Saturday and Sunday to determine the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Last year, Indiana tied for fourth place as a team, finishing just five strokes out of third place.
THE FIELD THIS WEEK
The field this week includes (Golfstat ranking):
Ohio State (63)
Michigan State (134)
Penn State (152)
AT THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP
Indiana senior David Mills will be playing in his fourth Big Ten Championship for the Hoosiers. He is the only one out of the five players representing Indiana this weekend that has competed at the Big Ten Championship previously.
2011: 311 (T43)
2012: 292 (4th)
2013: 295 (T8)
LAST TIME OUT
The last time the Hoosiers were on the course, they tied for ninth place in a strong field at the Boilermaker Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind. The field featured seven Big Ten teams with Iowa and Illinois finishing 1-2 in the final team standings.
Individually, freshman Will Seger and sophomore Max Kollin led the Indiana charge with T11 and T16 finishes, respectively.
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. 87 in the Golfstat rankings and No. 83 in the Golfweek rankings this week.
MAYER'S 25TH TEAM VICTORY
The Hoosiers trailed Michigan by one stroke going to the final round of the NYX Hoosier Invitational last weekend, and with the wind picking up for the final round, conditions were going to be tough. But the entire IU lineup battled through the conditions and wound up with an 11-stroke victory over the Wolverines to give head coach Mike Mayer his 25th career team victory, as well as the 11th straight season for Mayer with at least one team championship.
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 and Nicholas Grubnich carded a 69 at the NYX Hoosier Invitational, there have been six different players for the Hoosiers that have posted rounds of 68 or 69 this season.
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.