Peters Ties for Third, Hoosiers Finish Fourth at Steve Kerr
Buckeye, Ariz. - Heading into the final round of the Steve Kerr Invitational in third place, the Indiana men's golf team could not make a run at the leaders, finishing in fourth place in the 14-team field. The Hoosiers fired a three-round total of 881 (298-289-294), eight shots behind victorious and 24th-ranked Colorado State, seven shots behind second place UTEP and one shot behind third place Xavier.
"I thought the team was close," said Indiana head coach Mike Mayer. "We made a few too many mistakes to really compete for a title, but we only lost by eight total shots. It just shows how competitive it is out here. I feel like we competed hard and did a good job."
Heath Peters carded an even-par 71 for the second time in as many rounds, tying for third place, two shots behind Dan Floyd of UTEP and nine shots behind the winner, Barrett Jarosch of Denver. Peters' finish is the second best of his career (first at Johnny Owens Invite, March 30, 2003) and his best this season. The junior concluded the event with 214 (72-71-71), matching his lowest 54-hole score of his career and the season (fourth time).
"Heath Peters had one of his best tournaments ever," said Mayer. "It was a really solid performance. He was steady throughout the event. He played the entire tournament without a driver off the tee, showing some great patience and discipline. This was a terrific tournament for him."
Peters secured his third top 10 of the season, his first of the spring and the 10th of his career. In his last four rounds, the Garrett, Ind., native has shot par or lower three times.
Junior Jeff Overton finished with in a tie for 14th at 220. The third-ranked golfer in the nation fired a 74 for the second straight round following an opening round 72.
The team's second lowest round of the day belonged to sophomore Brad Marek, who shot a 1-over-par 72. After a tough opening round 78, the Arlington Heights, Ill., native responded with a 71 in round two and Saturday's 72 to move up to a tie for 16th. The event was Marek's first action of the spring season.
"I'm especially pleased with Brad Marek, in the lineup for the first time since early in the fall. To come through with a 16th-place finish really helped the team and shows how deep we are. Brad will be in the lineup at the Boilermaker Invitational."
Playing as individuals, senior Ryan Cassidy and sophomore Scott Seibert collected top 30 finishes. Cassidy carded a 73 in the final round to finish in a tie for 30th with 225 (78-74-73).
Seibert concluded the event tied for 22nd, his best finish of the season. His three-round score of 223 (74-72-77) was also his lowest 54-hole total this year.
Up next, the Hoosiers head to West Lafayette to compete in the inaugural Boilermaker Invitational. The event will be held at Kampen Golf Course on Saturday-Sunday, April 10-11.
T3) Heath Peters 214 (72-71-71)
T14) Jeff Overton 220 (72-74-74)
T16) Brad Marek 221 (78-71-72)
*T22) Scott Seibert 223 (74-72-77)
*T30) Ryan Cassidy 225 (78-74-73)
T41) David Butwell 227 (77-73-77)
T66) Mike Birkenfeld 234 (77-75-82)
*T77) Oren Hodak 239 (78-81-80)
*-played as an individual
1) Colorado State 873 (294-281-298)
2) UTEP 874 (287-294-293)
3) Xavier 880 (298-296-286)
4) INDIANA 881 (298-289-294)
5) Denver 883 (298-295-290)
6) Utah 887 (299-297-297)
7) Nevada 888 (309-284-295)
T8) Nebraska 899 (313-289-297)
T8) Princeton 899 (304-301-294)
T8) Iowa State 899 (303-289-307)
11) Wyoming 901 (305-300-296)
12) Southwest Missouri State 908 (311-295-302)
13) Northern Colorado 909 (304-295-310)
14) Northern Iowa 956 (332-299-325)
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