IU Concludes Fall Season at Xavier Invitational
Oct. 7, 2005
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.
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
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.
2004 Xavier Invitational
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
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
Young Guns Fired Up
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
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
Eight Hoosiers Honored Academically
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
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
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
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
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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