TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Indiana men’s golf is set for 2021 NCAA Regionals as the No. 8-seeded Hoosiers tee off at Seminole Legacy Golf Club on Monday morning for the first round.
NCAA Regional • Tallahassee, Fla.
Seminole Legacy Golf Club
Par 72 • 7,505
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TEAMS COMPETING (14)
Clay Merchent (Fr.; 72.29)
Ethan Shepherd (Sr.; 73.93)
Mitch Davis (Jr.; 73.43)
Drew Salyers (Fr.; 73.76)
Brock Ochsenreiter (Gr.; 73.43)
• The field will play one round each day, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monday morning off of split tees. The Hoosiers’ tee times will begin at 9:25 a.m. off of No. 1.
• This is the first time that the Seminole Legacy Golf Club has hosted a Regional. The course underwent a $10 million renovation and reopened in March 2020 with just one hole remaining from the original design.
• This year marks the first team appearance in Regionals since 2013 and the 10th team appearance under head coach Mike Mayer.
• In 2013, the Hoosiers finished 13th in Fayetteville, Ark.
• Three of the six regional sites will have 13 teams and 10 individuals competing, while three will have 14 teams and five individuals. The top five teams (30 teams total) and the low individual not on an advancing team from each regional site (six individuals total) will advance to the NCAA Championships, set for May 28-June 2 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
• Brock Ochsenreiter returns to the Hoosier lineup for the first time this season. He has competed as an individual three times, highlighted by a victory in the Boilermaker Invitational which led to Big Ten Co-Golfer of the Week honors.
NCAA Tournament Appearances Under Mike Mayer
Team: NCAA Regional
Individual: NCAA – Jake Brown – T14 (Regional)
Team: NCAA – 13th (Regional)
Team: NCAA – 9th (Regional)
Team: NCAA – T-8th (Regional)
Team: NCAA – 9th (Regional)
Team: NCAA – 12th (Regional)
Team: NCAA – 10th (Regional) NCAA Finals – 21st
Jorge Campillo – 2nd
Individual: NCAA – Jorge Campillo – T-72nd (Regional)
Team: NCAA – T-11th (Regional)
Team: NCAA – T-18th (Regional)
Team: NCAA – T-20th (Regional)
Individual: NCAA Finals -Jeff Overton – T-20th
Individual: NCAA – Jeff Overton – T- 38th (Regional)
Merchent, Shepherd Recognized by Big Ten
Both Merchent and Shepherd earned yearly honors from the conference office as Merchent was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, as well as to the First Team, while Shepherd earned Second Team and Sportsmanship Award accolades.
Merchent becomes the third Hoosier in program history and the first since Jorge Campillo in 2006 to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Year accolades. The Noblesville, Ind. native is also the first Hoosier to earn First Team honors since Brant Peaper did so in 2013. Merchent’s average of 72.29 is on track to set the program record for best average for a freshman, besting Campillo’s 72.67. It also is currently the eighth-best season average for any Hoosier in the record books. Merchent finished in the top-21 or higher in every stroke play event this spring, including four top-10 finishes and a pair of top-5 finishes.
Shepherd earn Second Team accolades on the heels of finishing ninth at this past weekend’s Big Ten Championship, his second top-10 finish this year. The Greenwood, Ind. native tied for fourth at the Hoosier Collegiate Invitational at the Pfau Course. Shepherd is averaging a 73.14 this year, bringing his career average to 73.93, which ranks eighth in IU history (minimum 50 rounds).
Tournament No. 1 Recap – Big Ten Match Play Championship
The Hoosiers rallied to defeat Iowa, 3-2, in the Big Ten Match Play finals to earn their first title in the event since 2009. IU defeated Wisconsin in the semifinals, 3.5-1.5, and earned 4.5-0.5 victories against both Ohio State and Minnesota on the way to the championship. The event saw the Indiana debuts of freshmen Drew Salyers and Clay Merchent. Junior Harry Reynolds earned Big Ten Men’s Golfer of the Week for his 4-0 performance while the team was named Golfweek’s Men’s Team of the Week.
Tournament No. 2 Recap – Mobile Bay Intercollegiate
In the first stroke play event of the season, Indiana came in second at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate. It marked the best team finish for Indiana in a stroke play event since the Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational in Sept. 2018. The Hoosiers were led by Merchent, who finished tied for third. All six Hoosiers competing, including Brock Ochsenreiter who played as an individual, finished in the top 31.
Tournament No. 3 Recap – Spartan Collegiate at Sea Island
Merchent led the way as he picked up his first career eagle on his way to a tie for ninth place. Junior Harry Reynolds (T23) and senior Ethan Shepherd (T30) also picked up top-30 finishes for the Hoosiers, who turned in their best round on the final day (285) and finished in ninth place.
Tournament No. 4 Recap – General Hackler Championship
Indiana made a final day push to move up three spots and finish in seventh place at the General Hackler Championship. Merchent carded a 2-under 70 to move up 16 spots and finish tied for eighth. Fellow freshman Drew Salyers also landed in the top-20 as he tied for 29th.
Tournament No. 5 Recap – Hoosier Collegiate Invitational
The Hoosiers made their competitive debut at The Pfau Course last weekend as they played host to The Pfau Course. Indiana came in second place with everyone in the team lineup finishing tied for 21st place or better, including Salyers and Reynolds finishing tied for seventh. Shepherd competed as an individual and finished tied for fourth place.
Tournament No. 6 Recap – Boilermaker Invitational/Boilermaker Individual
IU traveled to West Lafayette April 10-11 as the team lineup participated in the Boilermaker Invitational and a group of individuals competed in the Boilermaker Individual. In the team event, Merchent led the way as he finished tied for fourth with a 3-under-par 213. Davis also finished in the top-10 as he tied for ninth at 2-under 214. Ochsenreiter took home the title in the individual event with a 7-under 209, earning his first career win. For his efforts, he was named Co-Big Ten Golfer of the Week.
Tournament No. 7 Recap – Robert Kepler Intercollegiate
Indiana closed out the regular season last week in Columbus in the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate. As a team, the Hoosiers finished tied for seventh and saw three land in the top-15. Davis led the way as he tied for ninth at 2-over, while Merchent and Shepherd finished T13 at 3-over.
Tournament No. 8 Recap – Big Ten Championship
The Hoosiers had a surge on the final of the Big Ten Championship at Crooked Stick, moving up three places to finish in sixth. It marked the best finish for IU since 2013 when the Hoosiers were fourth. Shepherd led the way as he came in ninth place, while Merchent tied for 13th place.