Men's Golf

    Mayer, Campillo Take Home Midwest Honors

    Go Hoosiers! Head coach Mike Mayer was named Midwest Coach of the Year.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Head coach Mike Mayer was named Midwest Coach of the Year.
    Go Hoosiers!

    May 31, 2006

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana men's golf head coach Mike Mayer and freshman Jorge Campillo each collected postseason honors, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) announced on May 31. Mayer was one of nine Eaton Golf Pride Regional Coaches of the Year, picking up the honor in the Midwest, while Campillo earned a spot on the PING All-Midwest Region team.

    The nine regional coaches are also candidates for the Dave Williams Eaton Golf Pride National Coach of the Year. Each of the nine PING All-Region teams are comprised of 15 golfers and any player ranked in the top 75 nationally in either Golfstat or the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings earns a spot. Members of the PING All-Region teams are eligible for PING All-America honors.

    Fresh off his first Big Ten Coach of the Year recognition and the first for a Hoosier boss since Sam Carmichael in 1998, Mayer adds his first Midwest Coach of the Year honor to his mantle. Leading a lineup featuring primarily four freshmen and one sophomore, Mayer guided the Hoosiers to their third straight NCAA appearance, marking the first time IU collected three consecutive postseason berths since advancing to six straight from 1972-77.

    The team captured championships at the Boilermaker Invitational (April 8-9) and the Fossum/Spartan Invitational (April 22-23) to give Mayer eight titles in eight years at the helm of the IU program. Indiana finished second on two occasions and netted one third-place showing.

    Making appearances in 62 percent of the team's lineup slots (40-of-65), Mayer's freshman class finished the year with a 73.89 average and ranked second in Golfstat's Freshman Class Impact Ranking. Add in 13 more appearances by sophomore Santiago Quirarte and underclassmen held 82 percent of the team's spots in the lineup this season. Despite the youth movement, the Hoosiers ranked in the Golfstat's and Golfweek's top 50.

    Campillo's selection to the All-Midwest team marks the third straight campaign a Hoosier has netted a spot on the squad. Former two-time All-American and current PGA Tour member Jeff Overton (2002-05) and Heath Peters (2002-05) appeared on the team in 2004, while Overton made it back-to-back memberships in 2005.

    The Caceres, Spain native became the second IU stalwart to ever capture Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors (Jody Roudebush, 1991), winning the award by a unanimous vote. He also was the first freshman since Overton (2002) to be selected to the All-Big Ten team. Campillo ended the season with a 72.67 average, shattering Overton's freshman mark of 74.45. His average also ranks eight overall in IU lore.

    Campillo 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 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.

    Appearing in all 13 of the club's events (39 rounds), Campillo led IU's second-ranked freshman class with five top-10 and nine top-20 finishes, including a 10th-place showing to close the year at the NCAA East Regional (May 18-20). 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.




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