he Indiana University Menâ€™s Golf Team officially started practice on the first day of class, August 29. Since then the Hoosiers have been preparing and competing nonstop. With only one weekend before their first tournament, the Hoosiers, as always, begin their qualifying rounds to help determine the starting lineup. Their first event, The Northern Intercollegiate, was hosted by Northern Illinois University and took place at Rich Harvest Farms Golf Club in Sugar Grove, IL.
Qualifying is a standard among golf teams all across the country, and at Indiana it is no different. The qualifying rounds for this yearâ€™s team were held at three different courses – Â the IU Golf Course, Otter Creek Golf Club, and the Brickyard Crossing. After 4 rounds of golf over the first weekend the starting lineup was set, allowing the Hoosiers to then prepare for the upcoming events.
Leading the starting five are two seniors, Chase Wright and David Erdy. Brant Peaper and David Mills filled in the next two spots on the team, and then John Beringer rounded out the top 5, playing in only his third collegiate event.
College golf is generally based on two-day, 54 hole events. On the first day, teams play 36 holes, and then the second day is 18 holes. Tournament weeks are very demanding for the players and coaches. They travel to the event the evening before the practice round, and this week saw complication arise due to unforeseen conditions.
On Saturday, the tournament was delayed for almost two hours due to heavy fog early in the morning. This caused the Hoosiers to only get in 27 of the 36 holes, meaning they would have to come back and finish the second round at 7:00 AM the following day.
When play concluded Saturday, the Hoosiers were in a tie for sixth place. After struggling to finish the second round well the following morning, seniors Chase Wright and David Erdy led the charge, bringing the Hoosiers all the way back up to second place late in the afternoon Sunday. By the end of the day the team had finished 3rd in the 16 team invitational.
Senior Chase Wright led the way for the Hoosiers, finishing tied for sixth overall, posting a three round total of 3 over par 216.
Next up for the Hoosiers is the Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, IL. The North Course at Olympia Fields hosted the 2003 U.S. Open and generally brings one of the best fields in all of college golf to the Chicago suburb during the Fighting Illini Invitational.