IU Travels to Marshall Invite
The Indiana University men's golf team will compete in its fifth tournament of the spring this weekend at the Marshall Invitational in Huntington, W.V.
The event will be held on April 4-5, and will feature 16 teams from all around the Midwest.
Competing in the Marshall Invitational along with the Hoosiers are Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisville, Marshall, Miami (Ohio), Ohio, Ohio State, Toledo, Xavier.
The 54-hole tournament is slated for a 8:00 a.m. shotgun start on Friday for 36 holes of play. The final 18 holes will be on Saturday, also with a shotgun start beginning at 8:00 a.m.
The tournament is hosted by Marshall University.
Toledo won the 2002 Marshall Invitational with an 877, with Illinois finishing as runner-up at 884. Kentucky's John Holmes, who recorded a 213 through three rounds last year, is the defending tournament medalist.
Complete tournament results will be made available on the web at IUHOOSIERS.com following the event. Results can be viewed and printed out by choosing the Men's Golf link from the main menu. For more information, contact Jeff Smith at (812) 855-6209 or through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The playing format for the Marshall Invitational will be play five players and count the four lowest scores.
Marshall Invitational Lineup
Competing for Indiana at the Marshall Invitational will be: 1-sophomore Jeff Overton, 2-sophomore Heath Peters, 3-senior Ben Davidson, 4-freshman Scott Seibert, 5-senior Aldo Jordan.
"Quoting the Coach"
Indiana Head Coach Mike Mayer: "We're coming out this weekend trying to earn a little respect. We feel really good about our efforts at the Johnny Owen's last weekend, and look to place high among some of the top district teams at Marshall. This is an outstanding field. We will need to be at our best to contend for the title."
Peters Wins at Johnny Owens
Sophomore Heath Peters captured his first collegiate individual medalist title at the Johnny Owens Invitational, March 30.
Peters fired a three-round 220 (70-75-75), which included a first-round 2-under-par 70, to win by two shots over teammate Jeff Overton and Louisville's Brett Jones.
IU Takes Best Finish Since 2000
This past weekend's tournament marked the best performance for both an Indiana squad and individual in nearly three years.
Indiana finished second at the Johnny Owens Invitational, while Heath Peters claimed medalist honors.
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 Comeback at El Diablo
After a rough beginning at the El Diablo Intercollegiate March 16, the Hoosiers stormed back in the final round with a 296 for a seventh-place finish. Indiana beat both Big Ten teams in the field, Penn State and Michigan, and two top district teams in Miami (Ohio) and Xavier.
Hoosier Individuals Lead The Way
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).
Peters Liking El Diablo
Sophomore Heath Peters has led the Hoosiers the past two years at the El Diablo. Peters carded a final round 3-under-par 69 at this year's El Diablo to finish with 221 (76-76-69), tied for 11th place. Last year, Peters fired a 4-over-par 220 (73-73-74) to finish tied for 10th.
The Hoosiers will take a week off after the Marshall Invitational, and then resume play at the Kepler Intercollegiate on the famed Ohio State Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio. IU has won the event four times, but not since 1980. Many critics deem the Kepler as the U.S. Open of Collegiate Golf.
New Faces, Familiar Places
This year's Indiana squad features many newcomers that hail from the same hometowns as current IU golfers. Newcomer Mike Birkenfeld and Jeff Overton are both from Evansville, Ind. and Evansville North H.S. Likewise, two other newcomers, sophomore Aaron Walters and freshman Joe Miller both played high school golf at Bloomington South in Bloomington, Ind.
Freshman Brad Marek also hails from the same hometown as junior Ryan Cassidy, Arlington Heights, Ill.
The Man in Charge
Head Coach Mike Mayer is in his fifth season at the helm of the Indiana Men's Golf program. His focus has been to rekindle the fire that brought the Indiana men's golf team a Big Ten Championship in 1998, and nearly accomplished that feat by contending for the title last season.
It appears that Mayer is right on course, as he is coming off his most productive recruiting season during his tenure.
Mayer is quite familiar with IU, as he is an alum of the university and spent nine seasons as an assistant coach under Sam Carmichael before taking over the men's program in the fall of 1998.
During those nine seasons as an assistant coach, Mayer was a part of two Big Ten Championships and a trip to the NCAA Championships.
As he continues his coaching career, he is looking to elevate the Indiana golf program to the highest level and has put a strong emphasis on recruiting in an effort to bring the best players to IU.
"Obviously we were very pleased with the immediate impact our freshmen made last year," said Mayer of the 2001-02 class that Golfstat ranked eighth in the nation. "Jeff (Overton) was our scoring leader and Heath (Peters) was right behind him. Having two freshmen at top of your lineup certainly bodes well for the future.
Mayer, a 1975 graduate of Jennings County High School, obtained degrees in journalism and English literature from Indiana in 1987, and went on to receive his master's degree in sport management from IU in 1998.
Mayer also serves as the Director of Golf at Indiana University in charge of the IU golf facility and is also a Class A member of the Professional Golfers Association of America and a Class A PGA Professional.
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