Sept. 9, 2005
NCAA Central Regional Preview Release
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - It has been nearly four months since the Indiana men's golf team competed in its last event, and the Hoosiers are ready to hit the links once again to open its 2005-06 season. IU heads to the NCAA Central Regional Preview, Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 12-13, in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland State will host the event at Sand Ridge Golf Club. Sand Ridge is set up as a par 71 with a yardage of 7,085.
The Hoosiers will send a team of five players, including a trio of freshmen set to make their collegiate debuts. Drew Allenspach, Seth Brandon and Jorge Campillo hit the links for the first time as Hoosiers. Junior Aaron Harrell and sophomore Santiago Quirarte will join the freshmen. Harrell was in the lineup in five of the Hoosiers' final six tournaments last season, including the Big Ten Championships and the NCAA East Regional. Meanwhile, Quirarte recorded 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 in 2004-05.
Inside The NCAA Central Regional Preview
The event consists of three rounds, 36 holes played on Monday and the final 18 holes taking place on Tuesday. Along with Indiana and Cleveland State, 15 other teams will be competing at the event, including Big Ten rivals Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin. Rounding out the field will be Akron, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Michigan, Kansas, Kansas State, Kent State, Louisville, Miami (Ohio), TCU, Texas Tech, William & Mary and Xavier.
Tournament play begins Monday, with a shotgun first-round (18) start at 8:45 a.m. (EDT). The second round (18) starts with a shotgun start following the completion of round one. On Tuesday, the final round commences with shotgun tee times starting at 8:45 a.m.
Complete tournament results will be made available on the web at IUHOOSIERS.com following the event. There also will be LIVE scoring of the event through www.golfstat.com. For more information, contact Jeff Keag at (812) 855-6209 or through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recap Of The 2004 Central Regional Preview
At the 2004 NCAA Central Regional hosted by Notre Dame, former two-time All-American Jeff Overton tied for second and the Hoosiers finished fifth with 890 (304-294-292). After an opening-round 78, Overton rebounded with a 70 in round two before his 4-under final round, the lowest round in the tournament.
His 66 propelled him into second place with Michigan State's Andrew Ruthkoski (75-71-68). Ryan Yip won medalist honors with a 1-under-par 209 (68-72-69), the only golfer in the field under par.
Young Guns Fired Up
A quintet of talented newcomers will give the Hoosiers the most depth in head coach Mike Mayer's eight years in Bloomington. Drew Allenspach (Sugar Land, Texas/Fort Bend Elkins), Seth Brandon (Dalton, Ga./The Baylor School), Jorge Campillo (Caceres, Spain/Colegio La Asuncian) and Brandon Pike (LaFontaine, Ind./Huntington North) will be joined by walk-on Eric Serch (Barcelona, Spain/Frederic Mistra) to comprise this year's freshman class.
This class is loaded with amateur success as Allenspach has claimed three top-10 finishes this 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.
Campillo claimed 13th at the 2005 European Championship, and he has been ranked the No. 1 amateur in Spain on six separate occasions. Meanwhile, Pike netted victories at the 2005 Huntington County Amateur and the 2005 IHSAA Regional, while Serch earned medalist honors at the 2005 Mercedes Trophy and finished runner-up at the 2005 AGFA Trophy.
Marek's Standout Summer
Senior Brad Marek is coming off a spectacular summer in which he captured medalist honors at the Illinois State Amateur, the Joliet Amateur and the North Shore Amateur while sharing first place at the CDGA Amateur, qualifying for the CDGA Amateur and qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships.
The Arlington Heights, Ill., native also tied for 22nd during stroke play and advanced to the quarterfinals of match play at the U.S. Amateur Public Links. In addition, Marek advanced to the semifinals of match play at the CDGA Amateur and tied for third at the Mike Sipula Memorial.
Quirarte's Freshman Success
Santiago Quirarte produced one of the greatest freshman seasons in IU history in 2004-05. 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. Quirarte's low round of 67 at the Pioneer was the lowest round by an Indiana freshman since Overton fired a 66 at the 2002 FirstEnergy Intercollegiate.
Eight Hoosiers Honored Academically
The Big Ten Conference released its annual Academic All-Big Ten selections for spring sports, and the Indiana men's golf team had eight members honored. This marked the second straight year eight golfers have earned Academic All-Big Ten laurels, and the club's total was the highest among the 11 men's golf teams in the league.
Mike Birkenfeld, David Butwell, Oren Hodak, Brad Marek, Rob Ockenfuss, Jeff Overton, Scott Seibert and Andrew Temple each earned a spot on the team. Hodak, Ockenfuss and Overton picked up their third Academic All-Big Ten honors, while Marek and Seibert were honored for the second time. Birkenfeld, Butwell and Temple secured the academic accolade for the first time in their careers.
Furthermore, Overton was one of six student-athletes to make the All-Academic team as well as being named the league's Athlete of the Year in their respective sports.
Trio Rewarded With Postseason Honors
Three members of the Indiana men's golf team were rewarded for their outstanding play and academic achievement. Senior Jeff Overton earned a spot on the PING All-Midwest Region team, while juniors Brad Marek and Scott Seibert were selected as Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars, it was announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).
This was the second consecutive year Overton was selected to the All-Midwest Region squad. Marek and Seibert become the sixth and seventh Hoosiers, respectively, to be named All-America Scholars in the program's history and the second and third, respectively, in head coach Mike Mayer's tenure. Former standout Ryan Cassidy netted the honor in 2004.
NCAA East Regional Recap
Claiming its best finish at an NCAA Regional since the 1996-97 squad tied for 15th place, the 2004-05 Indiana men's golf team tied for 18th at the NCAA East Regional on May 19-21. The Hoosiers carded their best round at the 54-hole event in the final round, shooting a 5-over-par 289 and finishing at 875 (294-292-289) in the 27-team regional at the par-71 Golf Club of Tennessee.
Coming back strong with three birdies on the back nine, including the last two holes, senior Jeff Overton wrapped up his collegiate career with a 2-under-par 69. The Evansville, Ind., native finished the three rounds with a team-best 213 (71-71-69), good for a tie for 33rd place.
Return Trip To NCAA Regionals
The Cream and Crimson made its second straight visit to the NCAA Regionals last season. In 2003-04, IU made a trip to the central regional in West Lafayette, Ind., tying for 20th place.
Indiana's NCAA selection marked the first time since the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons a Hoosier team made back-to-back NCAA appearances, and it was the second NCAA trip during head coach Mike Mayer's time at the helm of the Hoosier program.
IU Just Misses Big Ten Title
On the heels of Jeff Overton's Big Ten championship run, the Hoosiers recorded their best finish in Indiana head coach Mike Mayer's tenure and their best placing since winning the Big Tens in 1998, closing the championships in second place. IU carded a 12-under-par 852 total (283-275-294), five strokes behind Michigan State (282-276-289). The Hoosiers bested third-place Northwestern (294-280-279) by one shot and fourth-place Minnesota (285-283-286) by a pair of shots.
Breaking his previous 54-hole personal best, Scott Seibert placed in a tie for sixth place with a 4-under-par 212. The junior closed out the championships with a 1-over 73 after rounds of 71 and 68. Seibert's finish was his third career top 10 and the second-best showing of his career (4th at the Pinehurst Invitational - March 28-29, 2005).