Men's Golf

    Peters Wins; IU, Overton 2nd


    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!
    LEXINGTON, Ky.- The Indiana men's golf team fought through dismal weather conditions on its way to finishing second behind No. 24 Vanderbilt at the Johnny Owens Invitational. Sophomore Heath Peters captured the individual title by two shots with a 4-over-par 220, while classmate Jeff Overton tied for second at 222. Both finishes are career highs for the young Hoosier duo.

    "Today was as difficult of conditions that I have seen in my 14 years of coaching," Indiana head coach Mike Mayer said. "It was just brutal out there. I am very proud with how we were strong enough to hold on. I felt we showed Vanderbilt what we could do and that we could compete with them. We beat every team in our region and I couldn't be happier about that."

    For Indiana, this weekend's tournament marked the best performance for both an Indiana squad and individual in nearly three years. Current senior Aldo Jordan was the last Hoosier to claim medalist honors as both the Lima, Peru native and the Hoosiers took home first place at the 2000 Legends Intercollegiate.

    The Hoosiers, who began Sunday's final round in third place, gained one spot in the team standings with a 306. Indiana finished the tournament with a 906 (298-302-306), three shots behind the Commodores.

    Peters entered the final round in a three-way tie for the top spot, and unlike his competition, he was able to hang onto the lead. Peters shot a 3-over-par 75 on the final day to finish at +4.

    "Winning this title was awesome for Heath and our team," Mayer said. "It was a great win for him. He finished well, and we are so proud of him."

    And for the sophomore from Garrett, Ind., Peters continues to play amazing golf for the Hoosiers.

    "All I have been trying to do is finish in the top five, but to break in and win a tournament is great," Peters said.

    Of his last three tournaments, Peters has placed first, ninth, and 11th.

    "For me, it really shows that I can compete with anyone. Today, I just tried to keep my mind in it and not worry about the conditions. It is tough to look at 3-over par as a good round, but today it was, and it was good enough to win it."

    Overton improved two spots over the final day and finished two shots back of Peters in a tie for second with Louisville's Brett Jones. Overton also shot a 75 on the day and finished the tournament with a 6-over 222. Overton's play remained consistent throughout the tournament as he finished in a tie among the entire field for the most pars with 37.

    "I think this tournament really shows the potential of this team," Overton said. "Heath is an outstanding player and seeing him play so well allowed me to feed off him and play better."

    Freshman Scott Seibert shot a 78 on the final day to finish at 233 in a tie for 28th. Senior Aldo Jordan also shot a 78 finishing one shot back of Seibert at 234 in 34th. Senior Ben Davidson rounded out the Hoosiers' lineup as he finished in a tie for 62nd with a 241.

    The Hoosiers will travel to Huntington, W.V., next weekend to play in the Marshall Invitational. The tournament will be played on April 4-5 at the Guyan Golf & Country Club. Last season at the Marshall Invitational, the Hoosiers finished ninth.

    STATISTICALLY SPEAKING...
    • Peters not only topped his classmate Jeff Overton, who tied for second, by two strokes, but also defeated Vanderbilt's Brandt Snedeker, who is ranked by Golfweek/Sagarin as the No. 1 golfer in the nation, by eight strokes.

    • For the tournament, the Hoosiers were second in pars with 150 and third in birdies with 34. Only Vanderbilt was better in the par category with 156, while Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky topped the birdie category at 37 and 36, respectively.

    • Peters was the best golfer for the tournament on par fours as he finished with a scoring average of 4.10 for par fours and was just 3-over on those holes. He was also tied for fifth in scoring on par fives as he shot 4-under for the tournament on par fives. Peters also led the tournament in birdies with 12 over the 54-hole competition.

    FINAL RESULTS
    Indiana University
    1. Heath Peters 220 (70-75-75)

    T-2. Jeff Overton 222 (72-75-75)

    T-28. Scott Seibert 233 (80-75-78)

    34. Aldo Jordan 234 (76-80-78)

    T-62. Ben Davidson 241 (82-77-82)

    Team Results
    1. Vanderbilt 903 (298-299-306)

    2. Indiana 906 (298-302-306)

    3. Kentucky 910 (301-298-311)

    4. Eastern Kentucky 920 (313-298-311)

    5. Arkansas-Little Rock 923 (302-307-314)

    6. Xavier 924 (309-311-304)

    7. Miami (Ohio) 930 (309-298-323)

    Louisville 930 (315-306-309)

    9. Western Kentucky 932 (310-304-318)

    Ball State 932 (313-304-315)

    11. Notre Dame 933 (313-302-318)

    12. Michigan 934 (318-308-308)

    13. Ohio 941 (312-307-322)

    14. Marshall 952 (317-318-317)

    15. Morehead State 961 (320-318-323)

    Top 5 Individuals
    1. Heath Peters, Indiana - 220 (70-75-75)

    2. Brett Jones, Louisville - 222 (75-76-71)

    Jeff Overton, Indiana - 222 (72-75-75)

    4. Mile Maillet, Xavier 224 (75-78-71)

    Brandon Waldrop, Kentucky 224 (73-73-78)



     

     

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