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    Hoosier Golf Continues to Get National Pub

    Go Hoosiers! Jorge Campillo earns Player of the Mid-Year Award
    Go Hoosiers!
    Jorge Campillo earns Player of the Mid-Year Award
    Go Hoosiers!

    Dec. 2, 2008

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University men's golf team finished the fall season ranked among the country's elite by three different national golf organizations, including a No. 7 ranking by Golfstat.

    The Hoosiers can also be found slotted eighth by Golf World and 11th in the Golfweek national rankings.

    Individually, Jorge Campillo and Alex Martin have also made a splash on the national stage this fall. Campillo is the third-ranked individual while Martin comes in at 27th, according to Golfweek.

    In Golf World's Mid-Season College Awards, Campillo was named Mid-Year Player of the Year and Alex Martin earned the Most Improved Player recognition. Click here for the complete Mid-Season Awards. The following are excerpts from the Golf World release...

    Jorge Campillo, Indiana

    After winning the Big Ten individual title, finishing tied for second at the NCAA Championship and earning first-team All-American honors last spring, big things were expected of the Spanish import at the start of his senior season in Bloomington, Ind. That he lived up to expectations in the first half of the 2008-09 season--winning twice, finishing in a share of second, seventh and ninth in his other three starts, posting a 70.27 average--might say as much about Campillo's character as it does his golf game.

    "Mentally and emotionally he's far more advanced than when he came here," says Hoosier coach Mike Mayer, in describing the maturation of his top player. "We've helped develop some patience and discipline and collegiate golf has helped him develop that. His golf game is basically the same as it was when he got here."



    Mayer first noticed a difference last March after Campillo was in contention at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate but stumbled in the final round. Previously, there might have been more sulking, but rather than "have his tail dragging and feeling sorry for himself," he became more focused and won three straight tournaments later in the spring.

    In that sense, the way Campillo actually closed out the season might wind-up being a blessing for him in the long run--and a nightmare for his competitors. After posting a front-nine 32 in the final-round of the Isleworth/UCF Collegiate to take the lead, Campillo made a double bogey on the final hole to lose the tournament by two shots. "He knows what could have been," Mayer says. "That will only motivate him."

    Memories of a better finish will help ease Campillo's pain. In early October, he closed the Windon Memorial Classic at North Shore CC near Chicago with a eight-under 63, a round Mayer describes as one special in one way and in another way one of the easiest rounds of golf you'd ever seen.

    Campillo's impact goes beyond just his own scores. The standard he sets has given his Hoosier teammates something to shoot for in practice, pushing them to new heights as well. Most notable is Alex Martin, who lowered his stoke average to 71.87 this fall.

    "What Jorge has allowed Alex to do is help him realize how really good he is," says Mayer, whose squad finished in the top five in all five of its fall starts. "That says something right there."

    Alex Martin, Indiana

    His numbers might be overshadowed by teammate and national player of the year candidate Jorge Campillo, but the 21-year-old junior from Middletown, Ohio, has been every bit as important in lifting the Hoosiers to the No. 8 ranking in the final fall Golf World/Nike Golf coaches' poll. Martin has dropped his stroke average almost three shots from a year ago (74.76 in 2007-08, fourth best on the team, to 71.87 in the fall). Martin had just one top-10 finish in 14 tournaments last season; in five starts this fall however he has shared the individual title at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational, added another top-five finish at the Isleworth/UCF Collegiate and a top-10 at the Cardinal Intercollegiate.


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