The Big Ten conference announced that Indiana University senior Brant Peaper has been named Big Ten golfer of the week.
The announcement came on September 19th after a weekend at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate where Peaper posted a three-round score of 202 (-11) to beat the field by seven strokes. The 202 three round total matches the all time tournament record.
“It is always a great honor to receive the Big Ten player of the week award because throughout our conference, there are a ton of talented players,” explained Peaper.
In the opening round, the 65, six-under par start was enough to claim not only his career best, but also tie the tournament course record. After finishing one under in round two, Peaper came back on Sunday shooting a four-under round of 67 to become the medalist of the Wolf Run Intercollegiate.
“Brant certainly deserves this award after his play the past weekend at Wolf Run,” Indiana head coach Mike Mayer said. “As I said after the tournament, it was one of the most impressive performances that I have ever seen, and we look forward to what the rest of the year has in store not only for Brant, but the entire team.”
When asked about the challenging issues that arose over the weekend, Peaper said, “One difficulty I had this week was to not get complacent with how good of a day I had the first day in the first two rounds. I tried to focus on coming out ready to perform for our team and help us win the team title. Winning individually is always a good bonus but when you’re playing college golf you play for your teammates, coaches, and the university.”
Peaper is the first Hoosier to win the award this season, and the first since David Erdy claimed the weekly honor on March 21, 2011. It is the second weekly honor for Peaper, as he received the award on Feb. 23, 2011.
“I would speak for most of my teammates that our number one goal would be to win a Big Ten title. Then from there we could gain some confidence and make it to the finals in Georgia. I would say that if we all play as a unit like we have been, and keep fighting for every shot, we will surprise a lot of people,” said Peaper.
The Hoosiers continue tournament play this weekend at the Windon Memorial, hosted by Northwestern University, at the Skokie Country Club in Skokie, Ill. The tournament starts on Sunday with 36 holes and concludes on Monday with the final 18 holes.