IU Men's Golf - Fall Review
Dec. 6, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana Men's Golf team entered the fall of 2010 with high expectations, as the squad returned a solid mix of proven collegiate experience and young talent. The Cream and Crimson did not disappoint, notching a pair of top-five team finishes during the first month of the season before capping the fall with head coach Mike Mayer's 17th and 18th career tournament titles. The Hoosiers wrapped up the fall at No. 33 in the latest Golfstat rankings.
Juniors David Erdy and Chase Wright, mainstays in the Hoosier line-up during their first two seasons, were looked upon to provide leadership and low numbers, and the tandem did just that. Erdy ended the fall season with a team-best 72.40 scoring average, to go along with the Firestone Invitational individual title, three top-10 finishes, and a career-low 65 for the second time. Wright posted a pair of top-10 finishes and was consistent throughout with an average of 72.93.
The Hoosiers also got a boost from true freshman David Mills. The highly-touted newcomer was in the line-up throughout the fall, posting a stroke average of 72.93, which puts him on pace for the second lowest average for a freshman in school history. Mills grabbed a spot in the top-15 on three occasions.
Along with Erdy, Wright, and Mills, sophomore Brant Peaper competed in all five fall tournaments, giving the Hoosiers quality play, a 73.40 average, and three top-10 finishes.
The Hoosiers opened the campaign with a fifth-place showing as the host of a talented 15-team field at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate. Indiana had three players finish in the top-20, led by Peaper's tie for ninth. Mills had an impressive 14th place showing in his Hoosier debut, while Wright finished tied for 15th. Sophomore Corey Ziedonis also had his best performance of the fall, tying for 23rd.
The following week Indiana traveled to Chicago, Ill. for the Olympia Field/Fighting Illini Invitational. The Hoosiers finished in a tie for 13th, led by Mills, who ended the event in a tie for 36th.
Indiana came out the next week at the Windon Memorial Classic and recorded their second fifth-place showing of the young season, posting an 868, which bested a trio of Big Ten squads among the 17-team field. Erdy and Wright each carded final round 68s to lead the charge for the Hoosiers.
Erdy continued his stellar play, leading the Hoosiers to a tournament title and earning a tie for medalist honors at the Firestone Invitational. The Boonville, Ind. native fired a 65 in the second round and a 9-under 207 total. Indiana also had Wright, Peaper, and Mills each in the top-10 along with Erdy. Sophomore transfer Kyle Perry and redshirt freshman Hugo Menendez made their Indiana debuts at Firestone. Perry got the start and came through in the final round with a 71, finishing in a tie for 48th along with Menendez, who competed as an individual.
The momentum continued during their final event of the fall season at the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate. The Hoosiers blistered the competition with a 14-shot victory, featuring a runner-up performance by Mills with a 2-over 218. It also marked the second consecutive tournament in which Mills, Peaper, Wright, and Erdy each notched top-10 finishes.
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