Hoosiers' Cabin Fever Prompts Shootout at Belmont
The Indiana University men's golf team will compete in its first competition of the spring Saturday, when the Hoosiers battle Belmont University in an 18-hole dual match.
The event will be played at the 6,700 yard Legends Club of Tennessee, with a par of 72. Tee-times will begin at 12:24 p.m.
The Shootout came about due to Indiana being unable to practice outside due to the large amount of snow in Bloomington.
IU still had one open day of competition that is allotted by the NCAA, which makes the Shootout an official event.
Complete tournament results will be made available on the web at IUHOOSIERS.com following the event. Results can be viewed and printed out by choosing the Men's Golf link from the main menu. For more information, contact Jeff Smith at (812) 855-6209 or through e-mail at email@example.com.
The format of the Shootout at Belmont will be six players on each team, with the top four scores counting.
The Starting Six
Competing for Indiana at the Shootout at Belmont will be (1) sophomore Jeff Overton, (2) sophomore Heath Peters, (3) senior Ben Davidson, (4) freshman Scott Seibert, (5) freshman Brad Marek, and (6) senior Aldo Jordan.
"Quoting" the Coach
Indiana Coach Mike Mayer...
"This dual match came about basically because we haven't been able to get outside and practice because of the snow. We were allowed one more day of competition by the NCAA, so we started making calls. Belmont University also had an open date and we made the deal. We wanted to go south until we saw grass.
"This golf course is a very demanding layout that will give us a test right away. It's so important to get outside and play. That's what we need to do right now, and I'm glad we were able to get this match scheduled."
Hoosiers to Watch
Sophomore Jeff Overton has finished in the top 15 in his first five events this year. In two of his last three events, Overton placed in the top five. After a fourth-place 207 (69-67-71) finish at the Northern, Overton finished fifth at the Wolverine Invitational at even-par (72-70-71). The Evansville, Ind., native ended the fall season with an eighth-place tie at the Xavier Provident Invitational with 215 (72-70-73).
Senior Ben Davidson and sophomore Heath Peters are second and third on the team in stroke average with a 73.20 and 73.27 mark in 15 rounds, respectively. Both Hoosiers have carded rounds of 75 or better in 12-of-15 rounds this year.
Freshman Scott Seibert had a very productive fall season, finishing with a 73.44 average, with 7-of-9 rounds at 75 or better.
Indiana freshmen Scott Seibert and Brad Marek will once again be in the lineup Saturday for the Hoosiers.
Each made their collegiate debut at the Northern Intercollegiate in September.
Seibert holed out for an eagle on his first hole of his collegiate career en route to a 222 (76-72-74), 56th-place finish.
Marek, who competed as an individual, tied for 28th with a 217 (74-71-72) in the event.
Seibert Noted on Golfweek.com
Freshman Scott Seibert's eagle on his very first collegiate hole gained recognition from the writers at Golfweek.com in early October.
In Lance Ringler's column Around Campus, Seibert talks about his eagle from 130 yards with a pitching wedge.
New Faces, Familiar Places
This year's Indiana squad features many newcomers that hail from the same hometowns as current IU golfers. Newcomer Mike Birkenfeld and Jeff Overton are both from Evansville, Ind. and Evansville North H.S. Likewise, two other newcomers, sophomore Aaron Walters and freshman Joe Miller both played high school golf at Bloomington South in Bloomington, Ind.
Freshman Brad Marek also hails from the same hometown as junior Ryan Cassidy, Arlington Heights, Ill.
The Man in Charge
Head Coach Mike Mayer begins his fifth season at the helm of the Indiana Men's Golf program. His focus has been to rekindle the fire that brought the Indiana men's golf team a Big Ten Championship in 1998, and nearly accomplished that feat by contending for the title last season.
It appears that Mayer is right on course, as he is coming off his most productive recruiting season during his tenure.
Mayer is quite familiar with IU, as he is an alum of the university and spent nine seasons as an assistant coach under Sam Carmichael before taking over the men's program in the fall of 1998.
During those nine seasons as an assistant coach, Mayer was a part of two Big Ten Championships and a trip to the NCAA Championships.
As he continues his coaching career, he is looking to elevate the Indiana golf program to the highest level and has put a strong emphasis on recruiting in an effort to bring the best players to IU.
"Obviously we were very pleased with the immediate impact our freshmen made last year," said Mayer of the 2001-02 class that Golfstat ranked eighth in the nation. "Jeff (Overton) was our scoring leader and Heath (Peters) was right behind him. Having two freshmen at top of your lineup certainly bodes well for the future.
Mayer, a 1975 graduate of Jennings County High School, obtained degrees in journalism and English literature from Indiana in 1987, and went on to receive his master's degree in sport management from IU in 1998.
Mayer also serves as the Director of Golf at Indiana University in charge of the IU golf facility and is also a Class A member of the Professional Golfers Association of America and a Class A PGA Professional.
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