Campillo Freshman of the Year, All-Big Ten; Mayer Coach of the Year
May 2, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana men's golf standout Jorge Campillo was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and earned a spot as a first team All-Big Ten member, while Mike Mayer was honored as Big Ten Coach of the Year, the league office announced on May 2.
Campillo, a unanimous selection, is the second Hoosier to ever capture Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors (Jody Roudebush, 1991). He also is the first freshman since two-time All-American and current PGA Tour member Jeff Overton (2002) to be selected to the All-Big Ten team.
The Caceres, Spain native, who still hopes to play more golf in the NCAA Regionals, is going to own the new freshman scoring record held by Overton (74.45) when all is said and done. Campillo appeared in all 12 of the Hoosier events (36 rounds) and posted a 72.72 average, which currently ranks eighth on the school's all-time list for a single season, and just missed out on adding the Les Bolstad Award to his resume. The Bolstad is given to the Big Ten golfer with the lowest average during the season. Minnesota's junior Bronson La'Cassie edged Campillo with a 72.68 average.
Campillo led IU's second-ranked freshman class with four top-10 and eight top-20 finishes. He joined exclusive company at the Boilermaker Invitational (April 8-9), securing 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). With the victory, he became the first true freshman to win an event since current assistant coach Josh Brewer was victorious at the 1995 Legends Intercollegiate.
He also became the first Hoosier to be named Big Ten Golfer of the Week three times in one season since Overton won the award five times during the 2003-04 campaign
"Obviously, these are well-deserved honors for Jorge," Mayer said. "Jorge proved he is without question the top freshman in the conference and one of the top golfers in the conference. Making first team All-Big Ten as a freshman is an incredible accomplishment, and we are all very proud of Jorge."
Mayer corralled his first Big Ten Coach of the Year recognition and the first for a Hoosier boss since Sam Carmichael collected the accolade in 1998. Leading a lineup featuring primarily four freshmen and one sophomore, Mayer nearly guided the Hoosiers to their first Big Ten title since 1998 as they held a two-shot edge through three rounds.
The team captured championships at the Boilermaker Invitational (April8-9) and the Fossum/Spartan Invitational (April 22-23) to give Mayer eight titles in eight years. Indiana finished second on two occasions and netted one third-place showing.
Appearing in 62 percent of the team's lineup slots (37-of-60), Mayer's freshman class closed out the year with a 73.81 average and ranked second in Golfstat's Freshman Class Impact Ranking. Add in 12 more appearances by sophomore Santiago Quirarte and underclassmen held 81 percent of the team's spots in the lineup this season. Despite the youth movement, the Hoosiers rank in the top 50 by Golfstat and Golfweek.
Additionally, freshman Drew Allenspach was Indiana's honoree for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. Each school had a sportsmanship honoree. The student-athletes chosen for the award are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
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