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IU finishes 12th at Big Ten Championships



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Then-freshman Evan Yakubov practices his iron shots during a practice at the IU Golf Course in Jan. 2018. The Hoosiers will compete in the Windon Memorial this weekend. Buy Photos

The 2018 season is most likely over for the IU men’s golf team after its 12th place finish at the Big Ten Championships.

The team traveled to Baltimore last weekend in hopes of a strong tournament after finishing one stroke back of first at the Boilermaker Intercollegiate three weeks ago. But, IU got quite the opposite.

No Hoosiers finished in the top-20 of the field.

Sophomore Brock Ochsenreiter was the only IU golfer to finish in the top-50 with his tied-for-22nd finish. 

Ochsenreiter’s success came thanks in large part to a strong second round. He shot a 4-under, 66, marking the first time a Hoosier has posted that score at a conference tournament since 2006.

Ochsenreiter could not carry IU to victory, as its top golfer, junior Jake Brown, and third golfer, senior Brendon Doyle, finished in a tie for 51st.

This tournament could also be the final of Doyle’s career, after what was his best season.

Doyle posted an average round score of 74.38 which is the best of his career and earned co-medalist honors at the Windon Memorial in the fall.

The team will await Wednesday’s NCAA Regional selection show to see if the team or any individuals will qualify.

IU headed into the Big Ten Championships ranked 89th in the national rankings. 

Brown, Ochsenreiter and Doyle could join IU women’s golf junior Erin Harper as the only Hoosiers to continue their season if they qualify for individual spots.

Stefan Krajisnik

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