Hoosiers Ranked in Three Polls Heading Into Holiday Season
Dec. 18, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - With the start of the spring campaign still two months away, IUHoosiers.com is taking a look back at the Indiana men's golf team's successful fall campaign. The Hoosiers finished the fall ranked No. 21 by Golfstat, No. 22 by Golfweek and No. 22 in the Golf World/NIKE Golf Coaches Poll.
In six events and against one of the toughest schedules in school history, IU finished no worse than sixth place at any tournament. After sharing fourth at the Gopher Invitational on Sept. 15-16, the Hoosiers reeled off three straight third-place finishes against fields loaded with top-25 teams.
"We are in the position we wanted to be in heading into the spring season," Indiana head coach Mike Mayer said. "I'm very pleased with our ranking and with some of the quality teams we defeated. We'll take some time to look at what we need to do to get better. I know these guys will work their butts of this winter and will come back ready to play in February."
Juniors Jorge Campillo and Seth Brandon spearheaded the Hoosier attack. Campillo, who is ranked No. 38 nationally by Golfweek, led the team with a 72.00 average while playing in all six events. Brandon sits No. 81 in the country with a 72.56 average and also participated in six tournaments. Both golfers posted two top-five, three top-10 and five top-25 finishes.
Sophomore Alex Martin added a 73.56 average in 18 rounds with four top 25s. He is rated No. 191, while junior Drew Allenspach sits at No. 245. Allenspach made two trips in the top 25 and finished fourth on the club with a 73.73 scoring average in five events.
Below is a breakdown of the how the Hoosiers fared in each event during the 2007 fall schedule:
INVERNESS INTERCOLLEGIATE (SEPT. 10-11)
TOLEDO, Ohio - Junior Seth Brandon was one of only three golfers in the 81-player field to break par on Sept. 11, sharing fifth place and guiding the Indiana men's golf team to a sixth-place finish at the Inverness Intercollegiate. The Hoosiers posted an 881 (285-294-302) and finished ahead of three top-10 programs in addition to No. 28 TCU in the 16-team field at the Inverness Club (7,255 yards, par 71).
The tournament featured five of the top-12 teams in the country, nine teams ranked in the top 35 and the top amateur golfers in the world. And only four played better than Brandon, who carded a 1-under-par 70 over the final 18. The Dalton, Ga., native offset three bogeys with four birdies and closed the tournament with a 1-over 214 (71-73-70). Brandon collected the fifth top 10 of his career and his third top-five finish.
GOPHER INVITATIONAL (SEPT. 15-16)
Allenspach, who received his first action of the season, carded a 73 in the final round to finish in a tie for 16th place at 222. Martin joined his teammate in 16th place and matched him with a 1-over-par 73 on the final 18. Junior Jorge Campillo was the third Hoosier to claim a share of 16th.
WOLF RUN INTERCOLLEGIATE (SEPT. 22-23)
Penn State posted a three-round total of 862 (292-284-286) to take the team title while Michigan had 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 final-round 1-under-par 70 to tie for fifth place.
OLYMPIA FIELDS/FIGHTING ILLINI INVITATIONAL (SEPT. 30-OCT. 1)
No. 13 Oklahoma State took home the team title at 857 (292-275-290), seven strokes ahead of Texas (289-281-294). IU opened the tournament with the lowest round in the 12-team field and closed the event with the second-lowest 18-hole tally.
Indiana finished ahead of defending national champion and No. 5 Stanford, No. 8 Duke, No. 9 Florida State, No. 12 Tennessee, No. 14 Arizona State and the additional three Big Ten teams in the field - Illinois, Purdue and Northwestern. The Hoosiers are now 8-7 against top-25 teams this season and have not finished lower than sixth place during its rigorous and challenging fall schedule.
Campillo earned the second runner-up and the fifth top-two finish of his career, closing one shot behind Oklahoma State's Rickie Fowler. He was the only golfer in the field to shoot in red numbers each of the three rounds, finishing with a career-best 203 (69-67-68) and picking up his second straight top five.
WINDON MEMORIAL CLASSIC (OCT. 7-8)
Four Hoosiers placed in the top 25 and all five players in the lineup finished at 2-over-par or lower on the final 18. Junior Jorge Campillo paced IU with a 3-under-par 68 to finish the tournament at 2-under 211 (69-74-68) and in a tie for seventh place. The Caceres, Spain, native finished five strokes behind Minnesota's Clayton Rask and Marquette's Mike Van Sickle.
Junior Drew Allenspach carded the lowest round on the team and of his career with a 4-under-par 67. He moved into a tie for 27th at 217 (74-76-67) and picked up his second top-30 finish in four events this season. Allenspach's 217 total was also his lowest 54-hole total this fall.
UNCG BRIDGESTONE CLASSIC (OCT. 29-30)
The field featured five teams ranked in the top 25, headlined by No. 11 Wake Forest, in addition to No. 26 North Carolina, Louisville and No. 41 Kent State. Indiana finished the 54 holes ahead of Wake Forest and No. 25 Arkansas.
Three Hoosiers shot under par on the final 18 with junior Seth Brandon shooting the low round at 2-under-par 70. Coupled with his day one 146 (74-72), Brandon netted his fourth top-15 finish in six fall events with a tie for 11th. The Dalton, Ga., native was the top Hoosier finisher in half of the tournaments as well.
The top finisher in the other three events was junior Jorge Campillo, who shared 18th place. Campillo netted a 1-under-par 71 on the final 18 to finish at 218 (75-72-71). He closed out the fall campaign with five top 20s in six outings.
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