Campillo Wins Big Ten Player of the Year, Martin First-Teamer
May 5, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Jorge Campillo was named the Big Ten Player of the Year on Tuesday (May 5), his second consecutive season with the honor. His teammate Alex Martin joins him on the All-Big Ten First Team.
Campillo becomes the fifth golfer in Big Ten History to be named Player of the Year in consecutive seasons and the third all-time multiple award-winning Hoosier. Former Hoosiers Jeff Overton and Randy Leen won the award in 2004-05 and 1996-98, respectively. He is just the 10th player in conference history to earn four first-team recognitions.
Campillo will enter NCAA Championships play as the No. 1-rated golfer in the field with a 70.64 adjusted scoring average in the Golfstat Cup Standings and as last year's national runner-up. Golfweek ranks Campillo #4 in the country. Throughout his 11 tournaments this season, Campillo has placed in the top-10 in nine events and in the top 15 in every outing. He tied current PGA star Jeff Overton's Big Ten record for most all-time conference Player of the Week accolades with nine and led his team to a victory at the inaugural Big Ten Match Play Championships.
The Caceres, Spain, native is also one of ten semifinalist for the Ben Hogan Award which is presented annually to the top men's NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or NJCAA golfer, considering all collegiate and amateur competitions during a 12-month period.
Joining Campillo on the six-man All-Big Ten first team is junior Alex Martin. Martin's 72.70 scoring average is second on the team is currently the 12th-best season average in school history. The Middletown, Ohio native has compiled two top-five finishes and six top-10 finishes this season. His best outing came amongst an elite field at the Olympia Fields Invitational when he tied for medalist honors in the premier event. Martin's impressive play this year has not gone unnoticed as he was named the Mid-Season Most Improved Player by Golf World following a strong fall semester.
Indiana has been represented on the all-conference team by at least one student-athlete every season since 1996, including all 11 years under the guidance of Head Coach Mike Mayer. Coach Mayer has now placed multiple players to the All-Big Ten team three different seasons.
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