Strong Finish Keeps Hoosiers in the Hunt at Greensboro Regional
May 18, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Indiana Hoosiers men's golf team (No. 28 Golfstat, No. 33 Golfweek/Sagarin) is within striking distance with one round to play at the Greensboro Regional at the Grandover Resort (East Course) after posting a 5-over 293 during Friday's second round to move to eighth with a total of 15-over 591.
The Hoosiers, three strokes out of fourth place, closed strong after an up-and-down morning by collectively playing the final four holes at 5-under. Liberty remains on top of the leaderboard at even par 576, followed by SMU (582), and Florida (586). Auburn (588) and Lamar (588) are locked up in fourth. The top-5 teams will advance to the NCAA Championship Finals.
"I felt like we got off to a solid start and had some mistakes in the middle of the round," said Indiana head coach Mike Mayer. "We finished strong led by Brant Peaper birdying three of his last four holes and that's exactly what we needed."
Ziedonis' 73 included six birdies and put him in a tie for seventh with an even par 144 (71-73). The Indianapolis, Ind. native is no stranger to NCAA Tournament success, finishing tied for 11th at last season's Regional at Wolf Run.
Peaper and Wright are both tied for 24th heading into Saturday. Peaper birdied three of the final four holes to record his 73 and is at 5-over 149 (76-73).
Wright registered the most consistent round of the day for the Cream and Crimson as his card included 16 pars, a birdie, and a double bogey to join Peaper at 5-over 149 (76-73).
Sophomore David Mills got off to a rough start, but played the final 13 holes even. He finished the day with his second straight 6-over 75 (75-75---150) to tie for 33rd.
Senior David Erdy registered a 2-over 74 in the second round, notching four birdies along the way to move up to a tie for 57th with a total of 11-over 155 (81-74).
"We've come from behind before and we have a track record of getting better and better each round," said Mayer. "We are pretty confident that we can go out and shoot a good round tomorrow. We're going to put the blinders on and go out there and post the best possible score we can."
The Hoosiers will be paired with Tulsa and Duke in Saturday's final round with tee times starting at 7:30 a.m.
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