Sept. 8, 2005
Getting ready for his team's season-opening tournament, Indiana men's golf head coach Mike Mayer took time to speak with IUHOOSIERS.com about the NCAA Central Regional Preview. Cleveland State will host the event at the Sand Ridge Golf Club in Cleveland on Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 12-13.
On the field at the NCAA Central Regional Preview:
"It's a strong field of teams that could potentially play in the NCAA Regionals this spring. We'll get a good taste of our competition, and we'll get a good feel for where we stand as it relates to these teams. I don't know much about Sand Ridge. It's supposed to be a good golf course. I know it's modern and long with a lot of bunkers."
On sophomore Santiago Quirarte:
"Santiago is a much improved player over last year, and he had a great freshman year for us. This summer he has really done the job. He went out and played in numerous tournaments against a high level of competition. Santiago comes back a much better player than when he left."
On freshman Seth Brandon:
"Seth Brandon had a wonderful qualifier. He's anxious and a little raw, but he's excited, motivated, pumped up and can't wait to tee it off. Seth is excited to be at Indiana and excited to be a Hoosier. That's all you can ask. As a freshman, you never know what you are going to get, but this young man can play."
On freshman Jorge Campillo:
"Jorge played very well in the qualifier; it just so happened Santiago and Seth beat him. He's the real deal. Jorge can win this tournament; he is that good of a player. I think he won't only compete for a top-five spot on this team, but he'll compete for the top spot. Someone is going to have to play pretty well to beat him."
On junior Aaron Harrell:
"It was a little surprising to see Aaron Harrell finish fourth at our qualifier. Aaron played for us in the spring last year, and he came back ready to play. He had three solid qualifying rounds, which turned into a spot in our lineup. Aaron brings a strong backbone and a solid attitude to the lineup."
On freshman Drew Allenspach:
"In the fifth spot, we have another freshman in Drew Allenspach. Drew had an unbelievable summer and struggled a little bit in the qualifier, but he still finished well enough to make the team. If he plays the way he can play, he can be a big, big factor for us in this tournament."
On the lineup:
"It's 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."
On his expectations at the Central Preview:
"It's hard to know what to expect at the first tournament. We haven't had much time to prepare or practice. It will be a good chance for these freshmen to get their feet wet. Having said that, my expectations are a top-five finish. That's going to take a lot of work in this field. My expectations are to have someone emerge in the top five or 10 individually as well. If we play the way we are capable of playing, we will do that."