Peters Fourth, IU Fifth at Kepler
Columbus, Ohio - The Kepler Intercollegiate is deemed the 'U.S. Open' of collegiate golf and today proved why. After 36 holes of golf, only four golfers are under par and no teams are under par in the 18-team event. The Hoosiers are in a four-way tie for fifth with 600 (299-301).
Xavier leads the field with 585 (288-297). The Musketeers hold a four-shot lead over Toledo, a nine-shot lead over Ohio State and an 11-shot lead over Kent State. Indiana is tied with Big Ten rivals Purdue and Penn State along with Kansas State. Out of the 10 Big Ten teams in the field, Ohio State is the only team ahead of the Hoosiers.
"Even though we didn't play that well, we are still in contention," said Indiana head coach Mike Mayer. "We just have to come out tomorrow and play well and beat the teams we need to beat."
Heath Peters is one of the four golfers in the field under par after rounds of 72 and 71. The junior's two-round, 1-under-par total of 143 is good for fourth place. Peters sits two shots behind Brad Heaven of Toledo and Ryan Yip of Kent State. John Streibich of Xavier sits in third place at 142.
"Heath just played outstanding," said Mayer. "As soon as he learns to finish rounds, he will be even more dangerous. Overall, it was a really good day for Heath."
The Garrett, Ind., native has positioned himself to make a run at his second collegiate title (Peters won the Johnny Owens Invitational last season). Peters best finish this season came at the Steve Kerr Invitational on March 19-20, where he tied for third, earning Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors.
Jeff Overton, last week's Co-Big Ten Golfer of the Week, sits in a tie for eighth place, six shots behind the leaders. The junior is 3-over-par following an opening round 74 and a 73 on the second 18. If Overton remains in the top 10, it will mark his seventh top 10 finish in nine events this season and the 18th of his career.
"Jeff was close all day. He made some mistakes that cost him, but he was close to shooting low," said Mayer.
In addition to IU's top two golfers, Brad Marek is tied for 50th at 154. The sophomore carded a pair of 77s for a 36-hole score of 154.
Sophomore Scott Seibert ended the day with 156 (76-80), and senior Ryan Cassidy closed out the opening day of competition at 158 (78-80).
Peters and Overton resume their quest at medalist honors on Sunday in the final round of the Kepler. Play will begin at 8:00 a.m. with teams teeing off from tees No. 1 and No. 10 at the Ohio State Scarlet Golf Course.
4) Heath Peters 143 (72-71)
T8) Jeff Overton 147 (74-73)
T50) Brad Marek 154 (77-77)
T65) Scott Seibert 156 (76-80)
T78) Ryan Cassidy 158 (78-80)
1) Xavier 585 (288-297)
2) Toledo 589 (294-295)
3) Ohio State 594 (295-299)
4) Kent State 596 (300-296)
T5) INDIANA 600 (299-301)
T5) Kansas State 600 (297-303)
T5) Penn State 600 (310-290)
T5) Purdue 600 (304-296)
9) Northwestern 601 (303-298)
10) Ball State 603 (297-306)
11) Illinois 604 (307-297)
12) Michigan State 606 (303-303)
13) Miami (Ohio) 609 (304-305)
14) Iowa 613 (300-313)
15) Marshall 617 (304-313)
16) Michigan 619 (308-311)
17) Eastern Michigan 621 (305-316)
18) Wisconsin 626 (313-313)
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