Overton Falls in Playoff; IU 2nd
HUNTINGTON, W.V. - For the second consecutive week, the Indiana men's golf team finished second in a tournament, finishing with a final round 299 to tie Kentucky for runner-up at the Marshall Invitational with an 873 (288-286-299). The Hoosiers finished second last weekend at the Johnny Owens Invitational.
For Indiana, the Hoosiers finish marked the best back-to-back performance for IU since the 1999-2000 campaign, when Indiana finished second at both the Mauna Kea and Silver Springs Invitationals.
Also following suit was Hoosier sophomore Jeff Overton, who tied for first individually, but lost in a playoff to Kentucky's Matt Kohn for the outright medallist honors. Overton fired a final round 75 to finish at 211. Last weekend, Overton's teammate Heath Peters won the individual championship, while the Evansville, Ind., native finish in second.
"Jeff may have lost in a playoff, but in my eyes he did finish first at this tournament," said Indiana head coach Mike Mayer. "This is back-to-back performances for him and we're all really proud of the way he is playing."
Senior Ben Davidson recorded yet another top-ten finish, placing tied for ninth with a 215 (73-69-73). Classmate Aldo Jordan was third for the Hoosiers, placing tied for 27th at 222 (73-74-75). Freshman Scott Seibert finished at 227 (75-76-76), tied for 48th, while Peters struggled again Saturday, shooting 236 (78-74-84) to finish 80th.
Illinois won the event with an 851 (283-273-295), while the Wildcats and Hoosiers finished 22 shots back. Louisville finished fourth at 874 and Toledo was fifth at 882.
Competing in the final stretch of the season, district rankings, which determine which teams earn NCAA berths, are ever so important for the Hoosiers. Entering this weekend, the Hoosiers were tied for eighth in the district. The NCAA invites the top six.
While Indiana was only topped by 30th-ranked (Golfweek/Sagarin) Illinois, the Hoosiers tied with No. 44 Kentucky, and defeated 35th-ranked Toledo.
IU will play next weekend, April 19-20, at the Kepler Intercollegiate in Columbus, Ohio.
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