Overton Ties for Fourth, Peters Seventh at Kepler
Columbus, Ohio - Facing difficult playing conditions and a demanding golf course, the Indiana men's golf team carded a final round 292 en route to a tie for sixth place at the Kepler Intercollegiate. The Hoosiers finished with a 54-hole total of 898 (299-301-298), just three shots behind third place Ohio State and Toledo. Xavier captured the team title at 886.
"The conditions were tough today," said Indiana head coach Mike Mayer. "The wind was blowing hard, pins were tucked, and the greens were very fast. The course was very difficult."
Despite the sixth-place finish, IU defeated six and tied one (Illinois) of the nine other Big Ten teams in the field and placed two golfers in the top 10. Juniors Jeff Overton and Heath Peters secured top 10 finishes. Overton fired a final round 69, the lowest round of any golfer in the field, to move into a tie for fourth place. The Evansville, Ind., native closed the tournament with an even-par 216 (74-73-69). Overton finished two shots behind Ryan Yip of Kent State.
"Jeff Overton once again proved he is one of the top players in the nation," said Mayer. "It was an outstanding round for Jeff. It was his most patient round of the tournament on a course that is hard to describe how difficult it plays. I'm very proud of how Jeff performed."
The reigning Co-Big Ten Golfer of the Week recorded his second straight top 5 finish (second at the Boilermaker Invitational on April 10-11). Golfstat's third-ranked golfer in the nation has seven top 5 finishes in nine events this season to go along with 18 career top 10's.
Peters entered the day in fourth place and ended the day tied for seventh following a final round 77. The Garrett, Ind., native concluded the event with a three-round score of 220 (72-71-77). Peters now has 12 career top 10's and four in nine events this season. He has placed in the top 10 in two of the last three events he has participated in (tied for third at the Steve Kerr Invitational on March 19-20).
"Heath just never got going today. He struggled early and made some mistakes throughout the round, but overall, obviously a good tournament for Heath," said Mayer.
Ryan Cassidy bounced back in round three with a solid 75. After struggling through 36 holes, the senior finished with 233 (78-80-75), giving the team a boost on the final day.
"It was nice to see Ryan Cassidy come back with a good final round today. His 75 really helped the team," said Mayer.
Rounding out the lineup, Scott Seibert shot 77, while Brad Marek fired 78. Seibert ended the tournament with 233 (76-80-77), and Marek closed the event at 232 (77-77-78).
"Overall, we are going to need more out of our three, four and five golfers down the stretch of this season," said Mayer. "We have three tournaments left before NCAAs, and we're going to need more productivity out of those spots. We have to find out who wants to and who is capable of grabbing these positions."
Up next, the Hoosiers remain in the Buckeye State as they head to Akron for the Firestone Intercollegiate on Saturday-Sunday, April 24-25. The event will be held at the Firestone Country Club, which annually plays host to the PGA Tour's NEC Invitational.
T4) Jeff Overton 216 (74-73-69)
T7) Heath Peters 220 (72-71-77)
T57) Brad Marek 232 (77-77-78)
T62) Ryan Cassidy 233 (78-80-75)
T62) Scott Seibert 233 (76-80-77)
1) Xavier 886 (288-297-301)
2) Kent State 889 (300-296-293)
T3) Ohio State 895 (295-299-301)
T3) Toledo 895 (294-295-306)
5) Northwestern 897(303-298-296)
T6) INDIANA 898 (299-301-298)
T6) Illinois 898 (307-297-294)
8) Purdue 900 (304-296-300)
9) Penn State 903 (310-290-303)
10) Kansas State 907 (297-303-307)
T11) Ball State 910 (297-306-307)
T11) Michigan State 910 (303-303-304)
13) Iowa 918 (300-313-305)
14) Michigan 922 (308-311-303)
15) Miami (Ohio) 923 (304-305-316)
16) Eastern Michigan 925 (305-316-304)
17) Marshall 931 (304-313-314)
18) Wisconsin 933 (313-313-307)
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