Indiana Ready for Challenge at Olympia Fields
Sept. 28, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Coming off a third-place finish in the 15-team Wolf Run Intercollegiate, the Indiana men's golf team will head to the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational on Sunday-Monday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, in Chicago, Ill. The event will be hosted by the University of Illinois and played at Olympia Fields Country Club. The course is set up as a par 70 with a yardage of 7,200.
The event consists of three rounds, 36 holes played on Sunday and the final 18 holes taking place on Monday. Ten teams will join Illinois and No. 26 Indiana in the field, including Big Ten rivals Northwestern and Purdue. One top five, three top 10 and six of the top-15 teams in the country fill out the field, including the 2007 defending national champion Stanford Cardinal (No. 5). Additionally, No. 8 Duke, No. 9 Florida State, No. 12 Tennessee, No. 13 Oklahoma State, No. 14 Arizona State, Central Florida and Texas round out the field.
Tournament play begins Sunday with a shotgun first-round start. The second 18 opens with a shotgun start following the completion of the opening round. On Monday, the final round commences with teams teeing off from the 1st and 10th tees.
Olympia Fields has been the site of 16 major championships through the years, including the 2003 U.S. Open won by Jim Furyk, who shot an 8-under-par 272 to finish three shots ahead of Stephen Leaney.
Complete tournament results will be made available on the web at IUHoosiers.com following each round. Additionally, there will be live scoring for the tournament available through www.golfstat.com. For more information, contact Jeff Keag at (812) 855-6209 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Time Out
Penn State posted a three-round total of 862 (292-284-286) to take the team title while Michigan finished with a score of 868 (283-286-299). Indiana's final round of 296 gave them a total of 869 (287-286-296) for the tournament.
The top individual performer for the Hoosiers was junior Seth Brandon, who finished second overall with a score of 1-under-par 212 (68-69-75). Michigan's Nick Pumford took home medalist honors with a 3-under-par 210 (70-73-67). Junior Jorge Campillo rebounded after a 76 in the second round to fire a 1-under-par 70 in the final round to tie for fifth place.
Hoosiers In The Rankings
"We have gotten off to a great start playing one of the toughest schedules in school history," Hoosier head coach Mike Mayer said.
The Hoosiers finished ahead of three top-10 programs in addition to No. 28 TCU and claimed sixth place at the Inverness Intercollegiate (Sept. 10-11). The tournament featured five of the top-12 teams in the country and nine of the 16 teams in the field were ranked in the top 35.
Indiana followed that performance with a tie for fourth place in the 12-team Gopher Invitational (Sept. 15-16) and a third-place finish at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate (Sept. 22-23).
IU is also receiving votes in this week's edition of the Golf World/NIKE Coaches' Poll.
Brandon At His Best
At last weekend's Wolf Run Intercollegiate, Brandon finished runner-up with a score of 1-under-par 212 (68-69-75). It was the second-best finish of his career, the sixth top 10 of his career and his fourth top-five finish.
Brandon, who is in the No. 1 spot in the lineup this week, leads the Hoosiers with a 73.11 scoring average in nine rounds.
Back In The Top 10
On the season, the 2007 Palmer Cupper is second on the Hoosiers with a 73.67 scoring average. Campillo also has a team-leading nine top-five finishes in his career.
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