Hoosiers First, Overton Tied for Second at St. Croix
St. Croix, Virgin Islands - The Indiana men's golf team fired a 294 in the second round of the St. Croix Collegiate Classic and holds a one-shot lead over Southeastern Louisiana. Facing windy weather conditions for the second-straight day, the Hoosiers maintained their lead over the 14-team field heading into the third and final day of the event.
"Overall, the team played tough out there," said Indiana head coach Mike Mayer. "Conditions were difficult once again, and we hung in there. After two rounds, we have put ourselves in position to win, and that's all you can ask."
Jeff Overton carded a 3-under-par 69, giving him a two-day total of 140 (71-69). The second-ranked golfer in the nation sits in a tie for second place with Ben Tuthill of Rhode Island, trailing leader Chad Spencer of Fresno State by one shot. His 69 was the second-lowest score of any golfer in the field on the day.
"Jeff played extremely well today in pretty tough conditions," said Mayer. "He had a miscue on 18, but besides that, he played great golf. No question, this was his best round of the spring to date."
Overton's round was the junior's first round in the 60s in five spring rounds and his 11th round in the 60s out of 16 overall rounds this season.
Freshman David Butwell matched the lowest score of his career (first round at the Hoosier Invitational, 9/27), shooting an even-par 72 in round two. The Southampton, England, native is in a tie for 17th place at 148 (76-72).
"Playing as an individual, David played extremely well today," said Mayer.
Ryan Cassidy bounced back from an opening round 76 with a strong 73 in the second round. The senior helped keep the Hoosiers in the lead with his effort and sits in a tie for 24th entering the final round.
"Ryan played a real solid round of golf," said Mayer. "He really gave us a lift today."
Joining Overton in the top 10 is junior Mike Birkenfeld. The Evansville, Ind., native carded a second round 75, moving his two-day total to 145 (70-75). Birkenfeld is in a three-way tie for ninth place, six shots behind Spencer.
Closing out the Hoosier lineup, junior Heath Peters shot a 77, and sophomore Scott Seibert finished up with an 81. Peters heads into the final round tied for 39th at 153 (76-77), while Seibert is tied for 41st with 154 (73-81).
The Hoosiers look for their fourth victory in their last five events, while Overton tries to pick up his fifth win in six events this season in the final round of the tournament on Sunday. Tee time is set for 7 a.m.
T2) Jeff Overton 140 (71-69)
T9) Mike Birkenfeld 145 (70-75)
T17) David Butwell 148 (76-72)
T24) Ryan Cassidy 149 (76-73)
T39) Heath Peters 153 (76-77)
T41) Scott Seibert 154 (73-81)
*-played as an individual
1) INDIANA 584 (290-294)
2) Southeastern Louisiana 585 (295-290)
3) UNC-Wilmington 587 (297-290)
T4) Fresno State 589 (292-297)
T4) Ohio State 589 (293-296
6) Rhode Island 590 (300-290)
7) Xavier 592 (291-301)
8) Penn State 598 (302-296)
9) Oral Roberts 600 (296-304)
10) Marshall 605 (299-306)
T11) Ball State 614 (308-306)
T11) Eastern Michigan 614 (308-306)
13) Air Force 620 (316-304)
14) Akron 628 (307-321)
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