Hoosiers Fight Back; Finish Tied for Seventh at El Diablo Intercollegiate
CITRUS SPRINGS, Fla. - The Indiana University men's golf team continued to rebound from its disappointing start at the El Diablo Intercollegiate, finishing tied for seventh place with Louisville at 908 (305-307-296), after a final round 296.
"I think we showed a lot of potential this weekend, mainly with how we fought back," said Indiana coach Mike Mayer. "Our first round was horrible, but it wasn't anywhere close to the potential of this team. We fought back hard, something we do really well."
Sophomore Heath Peters led the Hoosiers as he did last year in the event, carding a 3-under-par 69 Sunday to finish with 221 (76-76-69), tied for 11th place.
"Heath had an outstanding tournament this weekend," said Mayer. "He had a couple of mishaps early in the tournament but fought back hard. He really came back strong today. His 69 was a very impressive score."
Senior Aldo Jordan continued his good play as of late, finishing tied for 20th at 224 (78-75-71), after a final round 1-under-par 71.
"Aldo is starting to get in his groove and do some nice things for us," said Mayer.
Rounding out the lineup for Indiana was sophomore Jeff Overton, who tied for 44th at 230 (76-78-76), and freshman Scott Seibert tied for 71st at 236 (78-78-80). Senior Ben Davidson struggled at the 7,045-yard El Diablo Golf & Country Club, finishing 84th at 240 (75-83-82).
"We beat both Big Ten teams in the field this week - Penn State and Michigan - and a couple of top district teams that we had to beat - Miami (Ohio) and Xavier," Mayer said.
Also in action for Indiana over Spring Break were three Hoosier individuals competing in a separate tournament close to El Diablo. IU freshman Brad Marek and sophomore Rob Ockenfuss controlled the 21-man field with impressive sub-par scoring. Marek, a native of Arlington Heights, Ill., won the event with a two-round total of 3-under-par 141 (70-71). Ockenfuss finished second, one stroke back at 142 (-2). Senior Mike Miller also competed in the event and finished with a 150 (76-74).
"I think this really shows the depth of our squad," Mayer said. "Brad and Rob had exceptional tournaments. We gave them a chance to go out there and impress us and they certainly did."
The Hoosiers will spend the rest of their Spring Break in Florida and will return to the links, Mar. 29-30 at the Johnny Owens Intercollegiate in Lexington, Ky.
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