Brandon Cauldwell's win gave SIU individual tournament wins in back-to-back seasons for just the second time in school history.
Sept. 16, 2012
By John Lock
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Southern Illinois senior golfer Brandon Cauldwell won the Purdue/Midwest shootout on Sunday. The senior is the ninth player in school history to win a tournament. SIU finished fourth as a team.
"I'm excited for Brandon, and our team's excited for him, too," head coach Leroy Newton said. "He played two unbelievable rounds of golf and really dominated this tournament. We've been pushing each other in practice, and you see the result of that when someone plays at the top of his game, like Brandon did today."
Cauldwell fired back-to-back 69s for a two-round total of 138. The second-place finisher, Valparaiso's Austin Gaugert, finished seven strokes behind Cauldwell. The senior was the only player in the tournament to break 70, and he did it in both rounds. Only one other golfer broke par in a single round on the Par 72, 7,465-yard course. Cauldwell was three-under in each round.
Jake Erickson won the Skyhawk Fall Classic last year, giving SIU an individual tournament champion in back-to-back years for just the second time in school history. Brian Norman won the Billiken Invitaional in 2003-04 and Kyle Hosick won the Murray State Invitational in 2004-05.
Cauldwell's two rounds in the 60s give him five for his career, tying him with fellow senior Erickson and two others for sixth all-time.
Jeffrey Miller finished second for SIU, tying for 14th individually. Miller brushed off an opening-round 80 and shot even par in the second round, tied for the third-lowest second-round score. Newcomer Caleb Harms finished third for SIU and tied for 36th overall. Jake Erickson and Drew Novara shot 162 and tied for 39th individually. George Tate competed as an individual and placed 30th individually.
The course--Kampen Course at Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex--played 950 yards longer than Southern's first tournament, the Wasioto Winds Fall Kick-Off.
"This is a really nice and really tough golf course," Newton said. "They could play the NCAA Championships here and all they would have to do after each day is rake the sand traps."
Up next, SIU heads to Illinois State for the DA Weibring Intercollegiate on Sept. 22-23.
30.) George Tate: 81-76 (157)*
*Competed as an individual
1. Valparaiso 296 302=598
2. Purdue 300 300=600
3. Eastern Kentucky 301 302=603
4. Southern Illinois 306 302=608
5. Illinois Wesleyan 313 306=619
6. Loyola-Chicago 329 307=636
7. Bradley 323 322=645
8. Eastern Illinois 323 323=646
9. Chicago State 455 414=869