Brandon Nets Southeastern Amateur Championship
June 29, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Behind a sparkling third-round 66, Indiana men's golf rising freshman Seth Brandon claimed medalist honors at the prestigious Southeastern Amateur in Columbus, Ga., on June 18. Coupled with his victory at the North Georgia Amateur Championship, Brandon owns two victories this summer.
Brandon held off Matthew Berzovich of Pensacola, Fla., by two strokes. The Dalton, Ga., native opened with a 70 and 69 in the first two rounds, respectively, before firing his 66. He held off Berzovich, who rallied after a closing 69, with a 71 in the fourth and final round at the Country Club of Columbus.
Hoosier head coach Mike Mayer, who has led Indiana to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances, could not be more pleased with Brandon's play this summer.
"This is an outstanding win at one of the premier championships of the summer," Mayer said. "Winning two high-caliber events is a huge accomplishment for Seth. We look forward to him playing and succeeding in many more major amateur championships this summer. Things are looking good for Seth Brandon and the IU men's golf program."
During the 2005-06 campaign, Brandon was part of a Hoosier freshman class that finished second in Golfstat's Freshman Class Impact Ranking. He posted a 74.33 average in 33 rounds, the third-best freshman mark ever at IU behind teammates Jorge Campillo and Drew Allenspach.
Additionally, Brandon became the third freshman in school history to win/or share medalist honors, tying for the top spot at the Kepler Intercollegiate on April 15-16. He shot 215 (67-74-74) in joining Campillo and assistant coach Josh Brewer as the only Hoosier freshmen victors.
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