They’re no stranger to topping the leaderboard. In the past two stroke-play events, IU played in contention but fell to third place in the end.
The frustration has ended for the Hoosiers, who leapt to the top of the leaderboard April 22 at the Boilermaker Invitational. After trailing by eight shots to first-day leaders Kent State and Iowa, the team fired a six-under-par 282 to come back for the title.
Purdue’s Kampen Course posed a challenge for the 18-team field in which the Hoosiers posted a 19-over-par 595 through the first two rounds. They dropped 12 strokes from the second round to the final round en route to their two-stroke victory.
Senior Co-Captain David Erdy was at the top spot for the IU squad, taking third place with his one-under-par 215. Erdy tallied four birdies on the final day en route to a
Following Erdy in the lineup was senior Co-Captain Chase Wright, who tied for seventh with a two-over-par 218. The finish was Wright’s fifth appearance in the top 10 for the 2011-12 season.
The first round took a toll on junior Corey Ziedonis, who posted an 82, but a three-under-par 69 in the final round surged the team’s final score.
“We kind of let a round slip away yesterday late, but we sure didn’t let this one get away,” IU Coach Mike Mayer said. “We got off to a great start. Six-under-par was by far the best round of the day. It’s a testament to what kind of team we have and what we are capable of.”