Overton Finishes Second, IU Fifth
West Lafayette, Ind. - Sitting in eighth place entering the final round of the Boilermaker Invitational, the Indiana men's golf team fired a 293, the second best score of the day, to charge up the leaderboard for a fifth-place finish. IU ended the tournament with a three-day total of 878 (297-288-293). Purdue held on for the victory on its home course, closing out the Invitational at 855 (285-277-293), followed by Colorado (857), No. 24 Kentucky (867) and No. 9 TCU (872).
"Going into the final round, we made it our goal to play well and finish fifth, and that is exactly what we did," said Indiana head coach Mike Mayer. "I'm very pleased we accomplished what we set out to do."
The Hoosiers finished second out of the eight Big Ten teams participating in the field and finished ahead of No. 5 Oklahoma State (884) and No. 18 Oklahoma (887). In an 18-team event featuring 10 top 50, four top 25 and two top 10 teams. Indiana came away with its seventh top 10 finish in eight events this season.
"We entered the tournament as the 10th highest ranked team, and we finished fifth, so we're happy about that," said Mayer. "This was a national field with strong national teams, and we beat a number of them. To play against them is great and to beat them is better. We will take a lot of positives away from this tournament."
Jeff Overton carded a final round, 2-under-par 70, placing second for the third time in his career. The junior, who was recently named a finalist for the Hogan Award, finished two strokes behind Kane Webber of Colorado with a three-round total of 209 (72-67-70). Webber needed a 66 in round three to surpass Overton and claim medalist honors.
"I had a feeling Jeff was returning to form entering this weekend," said Mayer. "He's not quite there yet, but he is getting closer and closer. This was the best field he has competed against this season, and he played very, very well."
Golfstat's fourth-ranked golfer has six top 10 finishes in eight events this season to go along with 17 career top 10's and a 69.65 scoring average this season.
Also helping the Hoosiers climb the leaderboard on Sunday was Heath Peters. The junior shot a one-under-par 71, giving him a 3-over-par, 54-hole total of 219 (75-573-71). Entering the final round tied for 37th, Peters' 71 moved him into a tie for 21st.
"Heath had it at 3-under-par and got a birdie late to get back under par," said Mayer. "Heath was close this tournament, but not quite there. It was another strong performance by Heath."
Scott Seibert and Brad Marek both shot identical scores in all three rounds to finish tied for 42nd. After posting scores of 75 and 74 in the first and second rounds, respectively, the sophomores fired matching 76s in the closing round for 225 totals.
Closing out the Hoosier lineup, junior Mike Birkenfeld shot a 77 for a three-round score of 234 (75-82-77).
Indiana and Overton's performances bode well as the Kampen Golf Course will host the NCAA Regionals on May 20-22.
Up next, IU travels to Columbus, Ohio, for the Kepler Intercollegiate. The Hoosiers will tee it up at the Ohio State Scarlet Golf Course on Saturday-Sunday, April 17-18.
2) Jeff Overton 209 (72-67-70)
T21) Heath Peters 219 (75-73-71)
T42) Brad Marek 225 (75-74-76)
T42) Scott Seibert 225 (75-74-76)
T77) Mike Birkenfeld 234 (75-82-77)
1) Purdue 855 (285-277-293)
2) Colorado 857 (288-284-285)
3) No. 24 Kentucky 867 (291-280-296)
4) No. 9 TCU 872 (293-285-294)
5) INDIANA 878 (297-288-293)
6) Northwestern 882 (292-288-302)
7) Illinois 883 (289-290-304)
8) No. 5 Oklahoma State 884 (295-292-297)
9) Kent State 885 (286-300-299)
10) No. 18 Oklahoma 887 (301-287-299)
11) Louisville 888 (294-287-307)
12) Kansas State 889 (300-289-300)
13) Miami (Ohio) 896 (297-299-300)
14) Michigan 901 (301-297-303)
15) Notre Dame 908 (303-302-303)
15) Michigan State 915 (307-298-310)
17) Iowa 919 (309-304-306)
18) Wisconsin 928 (301-315-312)
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