Hoosiers Head to Boilermaker Invite
Bloomington, Ind. -- Following a three-week layoff, the Indiana men's golf team returns to the links for its most competitive tournament of the season. IU will participate at the Boilermaker Invitational on Saturday-Sunday, April 10-11. The event will be held at the Kampen Golf Course in West Lafayette, which will also serve as the host course for the NCAA Regionals on May 20-22. Tee times are slated for at 8:00 a.m. with 36 holes on Saturday and 18 on Sunday.
The 18-team field consists of eight Big Ten, 10 top 50, four top 25 and two top 10 teams. Joining the Hoosiers will be Big Ten rivals Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin. Additionally, No. 5 Oklahoma State, No. 9 TCU, No. 18 Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas State, Kent State, No. 24 Kentucky, Louisville, Miami (Ohio) and Notre Dame are entered in the field.
Head coach Mike Mayer will send a lineup consisting of Golfstat's fourth-ranked golfer in the country, junior Jeff Overton, along with fellow classmates Heath Peters and Mike Birkenfeld. Sophomores Brad Marek and Scott Seibert round out the lineup.
Indiana is coming off its sixth top 10 finish in seven events after a fourth-place showing at the Steve Kerr Invitational on March 19-20. Peters led the Hoosiers with a third-place finish, earning him Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors.
Mayer expressed his views on what he has seen from his team this spring and what he expects at the Boilermaker Invitational.
On the Boilermaker Invitational:
"This is yet another new lineup for us this season which shows the depth of this team. Without a doubt this is the best field we have played in to date and perhaps the best field we will play in all year. There are nine teams ranked ahead of us in the field for the Boilermaker. This tournament will really tell us a lot about where we stand nationally, and in the Big Ten, at this stage of the season. We are extremely excited about playing against some of the top teams in the country and feel that, if we play up to our potential, we will be able to be very competitive. We had the chance to go up to Purdue this past Sunday to practice at the Kampen Course in conditions that wont' be unlike what we will see this weekend. It's supposed to be cold and windy this weekend, and we feel that we can handle the adverse conditions if they materialize."
On Jeff Overton:
"I really feel that Jeff Overton is getting closer and closer to returning to his fall form. While you can't say Jeff is having a bad spring (12th, 4th, and 14th place finishes), he obviously set the standard extremely high with his stellar play in the fall. He's striking the ball better, he's putting better, and his confidence is returning which makes him very dangerous."
On Heath Peters:
"Heath Peters is coming off his best performance of the year at Arizona at a golf course that really didn't fit his style of play. The Kampen Course at Purdue is very long and difficult and fits Heath very well. It's going to be interesting to see how he handles this next challenge."
On Mike Birkenfeld:
"We really need Mike Birkenfeld to play with much more confidence and consistency. Mike has been on-and-off this spring, and we need him to be both mentally and emotionally tougher. Mike is the heart and soul of this team, and we will need him in a big way this weekend."
On Brad Marek:
"Brad Marek is back in the lineup for the third time this season by virtue of his top 20 finish in Arizona. Brad has worked very hard to get back in the top five and really wanted to make it to this tournament. He has the kind of game that can handle the difficult situations that this course will present."
On Scott Seibert:
"Scott Seibert has very good control over his golf ball which is going to be important at this tournament. Although he's not the longest player on the team, he's long enough and smart enough to know where to hit it and where not to hit it. He should help us in this event."
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