Men's Golf

    Young Lineup Leads Hoosiers Into Season Opener

    Go Hoosiers! Freshman Seth Brandon will make his collegiate debut at the NCAA Central Regional Preview on Sept. 12-13.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Freshman Seth Brandon will make his collegiate debut at the NCAA Central Regional Preview on Sept. 12-13.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 7, 2005

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - With the start of the 2005-06 Indiana men's golf season less than one week away, head coach Mike Mayer announced his five-man lineup that will compete at the season-opening NCAA Central Regional Preview. The tournament will be hosted by Cleveland State at the Sand Ridge Golf Club in Cleveland on Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 12-13.

    The Hoosiers will send a young but talented group to the event, comprised of junior Aaron Harrell, sophomore Santiago Quirarte, and freshmen Seth Brandon, Jorge Campillo and Drew Allenspach.

    "This is a young lineup, but I think this is a talented lineup. They will go through some ups and downs, but if they are on, they can play with anybody in the country," Mayer said.

    Quirarte was the top qualifier for IU and is the most tournament-experienced Hoosier making the trip. He produced one of the greatest freshman seasons in IU history last year. The Queretaro, Mexico, native completed the campaign with a 74.53 scoring average, the second-lowest mark by a freshman in school history (Jeff Overton - 74.45, 2001-02) and participated in all 12 events the Hoosiers entered. During the spring, he netted three straight top-15 finishes, highlighted by a fourth-place finish at the Pioneer Classic, which earned him Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors.

    Along with teammate Aaron Knapp, Harrell became the first two walk-ons during Mayer's tenure. The Bedford, Ind., native was a pleasant surprise in 2004-05, playing 15 rounds and carding a 75.40 average. Harrell was in the lineup in five of the Hoosiers' final six tournaments, including the Big Ten Championships and the NCAA East Regional.

    Brandon, Campillo and Allenspach fought through the team's qualifier and gained the opportunity to make their collegiate debuts. Brandon finished second during the qualifying rounds, while Campillo netted the third spot and Allenspach grabbed the fifth and final slot.

    The talented trio has produced impressive results this past summer and on the amateur level throughout their careers. Allenspach claimed three top-10 finishes over the summer, including medalist honors at the 2005 AJGA Fidelity Investment Junior Championship. Brandon carded a fifth-place effort at the 2005 Coosa CC Invitational and won the 2003 individual state title at the Tennessee State High School Championship. Additionally, Campillo claimed 13th at the 2005 European Championship, and he has been ranked the No. 1 amateur in Spain on six separate occasions.




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