Overton Second at Boilermaker Invitational
West Lafayette, Ind. - Facing the toughest field of the season did not seem to phase Jeff Overton. Indiana's number one men's golfer recorded a two-round, 5-under-par 139, good for second place at the Boilermaker Invitational. The junior trails Tom Johnson of Northwestern by one shot.
In an 18-team field featuring eight Big Ten, 10 top 50, four top 25 and two top 10 teams, the Hoosiers as a team are in eight place after two rounds. IU fired a 9-over-par 585 (297-288). Purdue is the 36-hole leader with a 14-uner-par 562, while No. 24 Kentucky is second at 5-under-par (571), and Colorado is third at 4-under-par (572).
"The team played o.k., but playing o.k. in a field like this gets you in eighth place," said Indiana head coach Mike Mayer. "We never got much going in the first round. In the second round, we had a chance. We had a chance to shoot a really good number but finished poorly and didn't really get the job done. We'll come back tomorrow and try and make up some ground."
The Hoosiers scored the fourth lowest total amongst the eight Big Ten schools and sit ahead of No. 5 Oklahoma State (587) and No. 18 Oklahoma (588) entering the final round.
Overton, in search of his fifth individual title of the season, fired a second round, 5-under-par 67, his lowest round in 14 rounds this spring, to move into contention. Golfstat's fourth-ranked golfer shot an even-par 72 in the first round before moving into second place with his strong second 18.
"It was a great second round for Jeff," said Mayer. "He had some chances in the morning but couldn't get things going. He had a stretch late in the second round with three straight birdies. He really got in going late and played solid the rest of the way. I'm not surprised he's in the position he is in."
The Evansville, Ind., native maintains a one-shot lead over a group of three golfers at 4-under-par.
In addition to Overton, Heath Peters, fresh off his second career Big Ten Golfer of the Week honor, sits in a tie for 37th. The junior carded rounds of 75 and 73 for a two-round, 4-over-par total of 148.
Sophomores Brad Marek and Scott Seibert sit in a tie for 44th with four other competitors. The duo both shot identical first round 75s and came back with 74s in round two, good for a 5-over-par total of 149.
Rounding out the lineup, junior Mike Birkenfeld finished the opening round with a 75 before struggling with a second round 82. The Evansville, Ind., native is tied for 76th at 157.
Overton looks for his fifth title, and the Hoosiers look to make a run in the final round of the Invitational on Sunday morning. Tee time is slated for 8:00 a.m. at the Kampen Golf Course, host of this year's 2004 men's NCAA Regional.
2) Jeff Overton 139 (72-67)
T37) Heath Peters 148 (75-73)
T44) Brad Marek 149 (75-74)
T44) Scott Seibert 149 (75-74)
T76) Mike Birkenfeld 157 (75-82)
1) Purdue 562 (285-277)
2) No. 24 Kentucky 571 (291-280)
3) Colorado 572 (288-284)
4) No. 9 TCU 578 (293-285)
5) Illinois 579 (289-290)
6) Northwestern 580 (292-288)
7) Louisville 581 (294-287)
8) INDIANA 585 (297-288)
9) Kent State 586 (286-300)
10) No. 5 Oklahoma State 587 (295-292)
11) No. 18 Oklahoma 588 (301-287)
12) Kansas State 589 (300-289)
13) Miami (Ohio) 596 (297-299)
14) Michigan 598 (301-297)
15) Michigan State 605 (301-297)
16) Notre Dame 606 (303-303)
17) Iowa 613 (309-304)
18) Wisconsin 616 (301-315)
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