Men's Golf

    IU Concludes Fall Season at Xavier Invitational

    Go Hoosiers! Brandon Pike is one of four freshmen in one of the youngest lineups in school history ready to compete at the Xavier Invitational. Along with the freshmen quartet, sophomore Santiago Quirarte rounds out the lineup.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Brandon Pike is one of four freshmen in one of the youngest lineups in school history ready to compete at the Xavier Invitational. Along with the freshmen quartet, sophomore Santiago Quirarte rounds out the lineup.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 7, 2005

    Xavier Invitational Notes

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Competing in its final tournament of the fall season, the Indiana men's golf team looks to earn its third straight title at the Xavier Invitational on Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 10-11, in Loveland, Ohio. Xavier will host the event at Oasis Golf Club. The course is set up as a par 72 with a yardage of 6,921.

    Participating Hoosiers
    Indiana will send a team consisting of four freshmen and one sophomore. Jorge Campillo (No. 1), Drew Allenspach (No. 3), Brandon Pike (No. 4) and Seth Brandon (No. 5) make up the freshmen contingent. Santiago Quirarte is the lone sophomore and will be playing in the second position.

    The rest of the team will play a 36-hole qualifier on Friday-Saturday, Oct. 7-8, to determine one individual spot.

    Allenspach, Campillo and Quirarte are making their fifth starts in five events, while Pike will make his second appearance of the campaign. Brandon has participated in two events, including as a member of the lineup at the NCAA Central Regional Preview and playing as an individual at the Wolverine Intercollegiate.

    Inside The Xavier Invitational
    IU won its second consecutive Xavier title in 2004, setting a new school record with an 834 at the event. In addition to the team championship, Jeff Overton won medalist honors at the event for the second straight year.

    The event consists of three rounds, 36 holes played on Monday and the final 18 holes taking place on Tuesday. Along with Indiana and Xavier, 16 other teams will compete at the tournament, including Austin Peay, Ball State, Bowling Green, Cleveland State, Davidson, Eastern Michigan, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Marshall, Nebraska, UNC-Greensboro, Ohio, Saint Joseph's, Virginia Commonwealth, Wisconsin and Wright State.

    Tournament play begins Monday with a shotgun first-round (18) start at 8 a.m. (EDT). The second round (18) starts with a shotgun start following the completion of round one. On Tuesday, the final round will feature tee times commencing at 8 a.m. with the groupings by scores from the first 36 holes.

    Tournament Results
    Complete tournament results will be made available on the web at IUHOOSIERS.com following the event. For more information, contact Jeff Keag at (812) 855-6209 or via e-mail at jkeag@indiana.edu.

    2004 Xavier Invitational
    The Xavier Invitational has been very good to the Hoosiers in 2003 and 2004. At last year's event (Oct. 11-12), former two-time All-American Jeff Overton fired an 11-under-par 61 in the final round, earning medalist honors, and leading the IU men's golf team to its first victory of the season.

    Overton's round (11 birdies, one eagle) is the second-lowest round in NCAA history behind three golfers who have shot 60, including PGA Tour members Paul Casey and Bryce Molder and former Washington standout Brock Mackenzie.

    With the round, Overton carded a new 54-hole IU record at 24-under-par 192 following rounds of 65 and 66 on day one. He shattered his old mark of 199 set at the 2003 49er Collegiate Classic. The Evansville, Ind., native now has six career titles after winning five tournaments last year.

    Heath Peters finished in second place with a 13-under-par 203, the fourth-lowest total in the program's history and a new personal best for the Garrett, Ind., product. Peters' second-place finish was the first of his career and his second-best career finish. He now has 15 career top 10s after his first top 10 this season.

    Overton and Peters not only led the Hoosiers to their first title this season, but also their second consecutive championship at the Xavier Invitational. IU closed the event with a new school record of 30-under-par 834 (281-274-279), good for a 21-shot advantage over Saint Mary's (Calif.) and Wisconsin. Indiana won back-to-back tournaments at the same event for the first time since winning consecutive Big Ten Championships in 1974 and '75.

    Can't Stop Campillo
    Jorge Campillo has made an immediate impact in his first season with the Hoosiers. The freshman has garnered three top-25 finishes in four events to open his career, and he leads the club with a 73.17 scoring average.

    Making his collegiate debut, Campillo led the Hoosiers with a tie for 15th at the NCAA Central Regional Preview (Sept. 12-13). The Caceres, Spain, native's finish marked the best for a freshman playing in his first event since Ryan Cassidy tied for sixth place at the 2000 Legends Intercollegiate.

    Campillo followed that performance up with a tie for 14th at the Gopher Invitational (Sept. 17-18) and a share of 22nd at the Wolverine Intercollegiate (Sept. 24-25).

    Allenspach A Factor
    Jorge Campillo isn't the only freshman in the lineup this season, Drew Allenspach has competed in each of the team's four tournaments and has collected four straight top-30 results. Allenspach is coming off his best performance of the season, a tie for 18th at the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge (Oct. 3-4) with a 54-hole 219 total (72-20-77). The Sugar Land, Texas, product ranks third on the team with a 73.83 scoring mark.

    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).

     

     


       

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