Indiana Moves Into Team Lead After Three Rounds
April 29, 2006
Lake Forest, Ill. - With temperatures dropping and partial rain beginning to fall, Indiana is in first place after three rounds of the 2006 Big Ten Men's Golf Championships on Conway Farms Golf Course in Lake Forest, Ill. The Hoosiers shot a 1-under-par 283 this morning and are the third squad in as many days to lead the team competition. IU boasts a 2-stroke lead with an 856 (285-288-283) over Michigan State who currently ranks second. IU will be vying for its ninth team title in school history.
Indiana, Michigan State and Northwestern all broke collegiate-course records today. The previous 54-hole mark of 861, set by Pepperdine (287-288-286) at the NCAA Championships in 1997, was shattered by five strokes with IU's 856. MSU and NU also bettered the record by three and two strokes, respectively.
The Spartans maintained their second-place standing from yesterday after firing a 5-over 289 (285-288-283), improving five strokes from their second-round total. Northwestern dropped to third place after leading the pack at the end of the first day. The Wildcats posted a 7-over 291 to put them at 859 (282-286-291) after three rounds of play. Minnesota jumped up two spots to claim fourth place with a 10-over 862 (288-294-280). The Gophers' third-round performance was a 14-stroke improvement from their second-round total. Purdue dropped two places to fifth with a three-round total of 864 (284-286-294).
Illinois, dropping one spot from yesterday's competition, is in sixth (285-295-288-868), followed by Penn State (293-299-290-882) and Wisconsin (291-296-296-883). Rounding out the competition is Ohio State (302-309-291-902), Iowa (296-310-302-908) and Michigan (308-305-297-910).
In the hunt for his first individual title, Michigan State's Ryan Brehm maintained his lead for the third-consecutive round after firing a 1-under-par 70 to put him at 7-under 206 (64-72-70) and holds a one-shot advantage over Pudue's Pariya Junhasavasdikul with only one round left. His mark today is a 54-hole season-best for the Mt. Pleasant, Mich. native.
After tying for second place through two rounds yesterday, Junhasavasdikul shot his way to sole possession of the No. 2 spot with an even-par 71 today. The junior tallied three birdies to add to the six he recorded in the first half of competition, along with his second-round eagle on the 14th hole to put him at 5-under 208 (71-66-71). He also bettered his season-best mark through 54 holes by one stroke.
Minnesota's Bronson LaCassie moved into the top-five individual standings this morning and is tied for third after shooting a 3-under 68, three stokes better than his second-round performance yesterday afternoon. The Brisbane, Queensland, Australia native, matched Junhasavasdikul's second-round 14th-hole mark, recording an eagle for himself on the longest hole of the course at 585 yards. LaCassie, a two-time first-team All-Big Ten honoree, has totaled a season-best 211 (72-71-68), 2-under par through 54 holes.
Indiana's Seth Brandon traded spots with Wilson as the Hoosier is now tied for fifth place with Michigan State's Matt Harmon. After three rounds, Brandon has shot a 1-under 212 (66-73-73). Harmon remains tied for fifth as he did yesterday and now boasts the same overall mark as Brandon with individual rounds of 69-71-72.
Although Lake Forest, Ill. and Conway Farms Golf Course is threatened with inclement weather tonight, the final round of the Big Ten Men's Golf Championships is scheduled to begin tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. CT.