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Hoosiers end fall season in Hawaii

After a solid first and second round performance at the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic, IU men’s golf struggled in the final round in Maui, Hawaii, this weekend. The Hoosiers finished the weekend in 14th out of 19 teams.

“I thought we played very well at times and were moving up the leaderboard through the first two rounds and into the start of the third round,” IU Coach Mike Mayer said. “But we made some mistakes that we know we can’t make and it ended up costing us spots on the leaderboard.”

IU was tied for 11th place after the first round with a team score of 291, the Hoosiers’ second-lowest first round score of the season. Junior Andrew Havill led the team in the first round with 71, his lowest first round score of the season and tied for his lowest score for any round of the season. Havill was 25th on the individual leaderboard after the first round. Freshman Jake Brown finished the round one stroke behind Havill.

In the second round, the Hoosiers moved up to 10th with a team score of 294. Junior Keegan Vea led IU this round, posting a 71, which is tied for his lowest first or second round score of the season. Senior Max Kollin improved his first round score by eight strokes in the second round.

“Overall, we did get some very strong play from Andrew Havill and Keegan Vea this week,” Mayer said. “I thought they both played exceptionally well through most of the tournament and continue to show the development we need to make.”

Havill and Vea both posted scores of 75 in the final round to bring their overall scores to 220, which tied them for 36th. The 220 was Havill’s best score of the season, and Vea’s second-best score of the season.

Overall, Brown finished at 225, tied for 59th place. Sophomore Brendon Doyle, whom Mayer has stated numerous times could be the guy they’re looking for to lead the program, tied for 69th place, posting a 227 for the weekend. Kollin finished tied for 86th, scoring 234 overall.

This tournament wraps up the fall season for IU. The team will break for the rest of 2015, and will resume in February 2016 for the Big Ten Match Play Championship in Florida.

“I think we have learned a lot as a team through our fall schedule,” Mayer said. “We know some areas we need to address, and I know our guys will keep working to improve in those areas over the winter as we get ready for the spring schedule.”

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