Hoosiers Set for Kepler Intercollegiate
Bloomington, Ind. - The Indiana men's golf team heads to Columbus, Ohio, for the Kepler Intercollegiate on Saturday-Sunday, April 17-18. Deemed the 'U.S. Open' of collegiate golf, the Hoosiers are making their 25th appearance at the tournament. The event will be held at the Ohio State Scarlet Golf Course, which is setup as a par 72 with a yardage of 7,251. Tournament play begins Saturday with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Sunday's final round will begin at 8:00 a.m. with teams teeing off from tees No. 1 and No. 10.
In addition to IU, the 18-team field consists of 10 Big Ten and seven top 50 teams. Joining the Hoosiers will be Big Ten rivals Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin and host Ohio State. Additionally, Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Kansas State, Marshall, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Toledo and Xavier are entered in the field.
Head coach Mike Mayer will send a lineup consisting of Golfstat's third-ranked golfer in the country, junior Jeff Overton, along with fellow classmate Heath Peters. Additionally, senior Ryan Cassidy will compete along with sophomores Brad Marek and Scott Seibert round out the lineup.
Indiana is coming off its seventh top-five finish in eight events this season after a fifth-place showing at the Boilermaker Invitational on April 10-11. The Hoosiers finished second among the eight Big Ten teams in the field and closed the tournament ahead of No. 5 Oklahoma State and No. 18 Oklahoma.
Overton carded a final round, 2-under-oar 70, placing second for the third time in his career. The junior finished two strokes behind Kane Webber of Colorado with a three-round total of 209 (72-67-70). Overton's efforts earned him Co-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 Kepler Intercollegiate.
On the Kepler Intercollegiate:
"This is the 'U.S. Open' of college golf -- the pins will be tucked behind bunkers and on the edges of the greens, the greens will be lightning fast, and the roughs will be high. It should be a blast. The Scarlet Course at Ohio State is one of the premiere venues in college golf, and we are looking forward to participating in such an outstanding tournament. It is a very, very good field and will once again give us a very good indication of where we stand at this point in time."
On Jeff Overton:
"Jeff had a outstanding tournament at the Boilermaker which further indicates that he is one of the top collegiate golfers in the country. His second-place finish in such a strong national field of players helped him earn Co-Big Ten Golfer of the Week, which is the second time he's won the award this spring. He continues to improve throughout the spring and continues to lead this team both on and off the golf course."
On Heath Peters:
"I really felt that Heath Peters had a great tournament at Purdue but, except for the final round, didn't do a real good job of bringing it home. He had it under par throughout the bulk of all three rounds but couldn't close the deal. He has to learn how to shoot low numbers when he puts himself in position early in the round like he did at the Boilermaker."
On Ryan Cassidy:
"Ryan Cassidy returns to the lineup after sitting out the Boilermaker. He is extremely important to the team, and he is really swinging the club well right now. This is the kind of golf course that I think Ryan can play very well on."
On Scott Seibert:
"Scott showed glimpses at the Boilermaker of what he is capable of doing. He's a very tough young man and has the game and ability to play tough golf courses like Scarlet."
On Brad Marek:
"I take my hat off to Brad Marek. Although he had just a decent ball-striking tournament at Purdue, he was still able to come through with some very good scores. If we can get him to hit the ball a little straighter and more solidly, then Brad will have the chance to really do something special at the Kepler."
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