Indiana Travels to Michigan St.
The Indiana University men's golf team will compete in its seventh tournament of the spring this weekend at the Bruce Fossum/Taylor Made Invitational in East Lansing, Mich.
The event will be held on April 26-27, and will feature 14 teams from all around the Midwest.
Competing in the Bruce Fossum/Taylor Made Invitational along with the Hoosiers are Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Kent State, Michigan State, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Toledo, Xavier, and Wisconsin.
The 54-hole tournament is slated for a 8:30 a.m. shotgun start on Saturday for 36 holes of play. The final 18 holes will be on Sunday, also with a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m.
Toledo won the event in 2002 with a score of 876. Toledo's David Jones took home medalist honors with a 216.
Forest Akers West, one of the top courses in the Big Ten, will be setup at 7,013 yards and a par of 72.
Complete tournament results will be made available on the web at IUHOOSIERS.com following the event. Results can be viewed and printed out by choosing the Men's Golf link from the main menu. For more information, contact Jeff Smith at (812) 855-6209 or through e-mail at email@example.com.
The playing format for the Bruce Fossum/Taylor Made Invitational will be play five players and count the four lowest scores.
Fossum Invitational Lineup
Competing for Indiana at the Bruce Fossum/Taylor Made Invitational will be: 1-sophomore Jeff Overton, 2-sophomore Heath Peters, 3-senior Ben Davidson, 4-senior Aldo Jordan, 5-freshman Scott Seibert.
"Quoting the Coach"
Indiana Head Coach Mike Mayer: "This weekend's field is full of almost every Big Ten school, so obviously it will be a sign of where we stand leading into the Big Ten Championship next week. We need to place above a lot of these district teams this weekend, so we can move up in the district rankings."
Hoosiers Go Low in 2003
Indiana's single-round team average of 293.57 is two-and-a-half strokes better than the current school record of 296.06, set by the 1990-91 team.
Overton Contends For Titles
At the Kepler Intercollegiate two weeks ago, Jeff Overton contended for medalist honors for the second time in as many events.
Overton entered the final round of the Kepler tied for first, but finished with a 78 in his final 18, placing tied for fourth.
At the Marshall Invitational, Overton, who tied for first individually, lost in a playoff to Kentucky's Matt Kohn for the outright medalist honors.
Overton opened with sub-par rounds of 67 and 69, and carded a final round 75 in tough playing conditions to finish at 211.
Overton on a Hot Streak
Jeff Overton's fourth-place tie at the Kepler Intercollegiate and back-to-back runner-up finishes the last three weeks, marks the best outing for an Indiana men's golfer over a three-week span, since Steve Wheatcroft in 2000. (1st - Xavier Invitational, 2nd - Legends Intercollegiate, T-5th - Big Red Classic.)
Hoosiers on a Hot Streak Too
By finishing in the top five at the Kepler Intercollegiate, this is the first time a Hoosier squad has finished in the top-five in three consecutive tournaments since the 1996-97 season (4th, Southeastern Intercollegiate; 4th, Dr. Pepper Intercollegiate; 3rd, Marshall Invitational).
Indiana finished second at the Johnny Owens and tied for second at the Marshall Invitational prior to the Kepler Intercollegiate.
Should the Hoosiers place in the top-five this weekend, it will mark their fourth straight top-five finish -- a first since 1990-91.
Overton Closing On Record
Sophomore Jeff Overton, a member of last year's All-Big Ten team, currently holds a 72.43 stroke average through 30 rounds, which is third best in school history--bettered only by three-time Big Ten Player of the Year Randy Leen (72.02) and 1991 All-American and current PGA Tour star Shaun Micheel (72.08).
Hoosier Duo Honored by Big Ten
Two weeks ago, sophomore Jeff Overton became the second Hoosier in as many weeks to walk away with Big Ten Men's Golfer of the Week honors, after taking second place in the Marshall Invitational.
Overton's honor comes on the heels of classmate Heath Peters' Big Ten accolade two weeks ago.
New Faces, Familiar Places
This year's Indiana squad features many newcomers that hail from the same hometowns as current IU golfers. Newcomer Mike Birkenfeld and Jeff Overton are both from Evansville, Ind. and Evansville North H.S. Likewise, two other newcomers, sophomore Aaron Walters and freshman Joe Miller both played high school golf at Bloomington South in Bloomington, Ind.
Freshman Brad Marek also hails from the same hometown as junior Ryan Cassidy, Arlington Heights, Ill.
The Man in Charge
Head Coach Mike Mayer is in his fifth season at the helm of the Indiana Men's Golf program. His focus has been to rekindle the fire that brought the Indiana men's golf team a Big Ten Championship in 1998, and nearly accomplished that feat by contending for the title last season.
It appears that Mayer is right on course, as he is coming off his most productive recruiting season during his tenure.
Mayer is quite familiar with IU, as he is an alum of the university and spent nine seasons as an assistant coach under Sam Carmichael before taking over the men's program in the fall of 1998.
During those nine seasons as an assistant coach, Mayer was a part of two Big Ten Championships and a trip to the NCAA Championships.
As he continues his coaching career, he is looking to elevate the Indiana golf program to the highest level and has put a strong emphasis on recruiting in an effort to bring the best players to IU.
"Obviously we were very pleased with the immediate impact our freshmen made last year," said Mayer of the 2001-02 class that Golfstat ranked eighth in the nation. "Jeff (Overton) was our scoring leader and Heath (Peters) was right behind him. Having two freshmen at top of your lineup certainly bodes well for the future.
Mayer, a 1975 graduate of Jennings County High School, obtained degrees in journalism and English literature from Indiana in 1987, and went on to receive his master's degree in sport management from IU in 1998.
Mayer also serves as the Director of Golf at Indiana University in charge of the IU golf facility and is also a Class A member of the Professional Golfers Association of America and a Class A PGA Professional.
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