IU and Peters in Title Hunt
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Despite dismal playing conditions and an ice delay early this morning, the Indiana men's golf team sits in third place at the Johnny Owens Invitational, three shots back of the tournament leader, Vanderbilt.
The Commodores lead the tournament with 18 holes to play with a 600, while tournament host Kentucky is second at 599, with the Hoosiers just one shot back.
After a first round 298, the Hoosiers were tied for the lead with Vandy, while Indiana sophomore Heath Peters led the individual race with a 2-under-par 70. Although the Garrett, Ind., native carded a 75 in his second round, his 145 was still good enough for a three-way tie for medalist honors. Peters is tied with Scott Gustafson from Notre Dame and Kentucky's Branden Waldrop.
"Heath was 4-under-par throughout most of his first round today," said Indiana head coach Mike Mayer. "He has some hiccups coming in, but I'm proud of the way he finished."
Peters' classmate, Jeff Overton, is currently tied for fourth place at 147 (72-75). Freshman Scott Seibert sits tied for 34th for the Hoosiers at 155 (80-75), while senior Aldo Jordan is tied for 38th at 156 (76-80). Ben Davidson continues to struggle for the Hoosiers, carding a 159 (82-77) on Saturday.
"As a team, I feel that we finished strong today," Mayer said. "The weather conditions were absolutely awful, but we hung in there, and managed to get two decent rounds out of us today. Vanderbilt is an exceptional team and Kentucky is playing on their own course. We're right there with those two teams."
Both the Hoosiers and Peters will look to take home titles tomorrow on the Big Blue Course at the University Club of Kentucky. Tomorrow's final round will begin with tee times off of No. 1 and 10, starting at 8:00 a.m.
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