Hoosiers, Overton Second at FirstEnergy Intercollegiate
Akron, Ohio - 36 holes are in the books, and the Indiana men's golf team is in second place, three shots behind Kent State at the 17-team FirstEnergy Intercollegiate. The Hoosiers recorded a 4-under-par 572 (282-290) on Firestone Country Club's North Course and hold a two-stroke advantage over third-place Xavier.
"I'm very happy with how we played today," said Indiana head coach Mike Mayer. "We got off to a great start in the morning. In the afternoon, we struggled early but bounced back. I was real pleased with how we kept our composure and fought back."
All five members of the lineup contributed to IU's success on the day with Jeff Overton leading the way. The junior opened with a 4-under-par 68 and delivered a second round 71 and sits in a tie for second place, two shots behind Brad Heaven of Toledo.
"It was another solid day for Jeff. I'm proud of his afternoon round. He hung in there, birdied the last hole, and did what he had to do to shoot 5-under," said Mayer.
Overton, winner of the last two Big Ten Golfer of the Week awards, is in search of his fifth individual title this season and his first of the spring. Overton's 68 is his second lowest round of the spring (67 in round two at the Boilermaker Invitational, April 10), and his 14th round in the 60s this season.
Mike Birkenfeld returned to the lineup following a week layoff at the Kepler Intercollegiate and fired a 1-over-par 145. Birkenfeld shot 70 in the first round, matching his lowest round of the spring season. The junior heads into the final round tied for 21st.
Joining Birkenfeld at 145 is fellow classmate Heath Peters. Peters recorded a 71 on the opening 18 and a 74 on the second 18.
Scott Seibert gave the team a steady boost with back-to-back 73s and sits in a tie for 27th place at 146.
Playing in his first tournament in over a month, David Butwell carded a 148. After an opening round 76, Butwell came back with an even-par 72 in round two. The freshman's 72 matches his lowest round of the season (third time) and propelled him into a tie for 36th place.
Individually, Brad Marek carded a 75 in the second round to give him a two-round total of 156 (81-75). The sophomore ended the opening day of play in a tie for 74th.
"Mike starting with a 70 was huge for us, and Seibert's pair of 73s were solid. Butwell coming through with his 72 in the afternoon was also big," said Mayer. "We came into this weekend trying to build some team chemistry and trying to build some momentum as a team. I feel like we accomplished our goal. The team really came together, and everyone really gave us something today."
Indiana and Overton look for their fourth and fifth titles of the season, respectively, heading into the final round of play at the FirstEnergy. Play begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. (EST) on Sunday.
T2) Jeff Overton 139 (68-71)
T21) Mike Birkenfeld 145 (70-75)
T21) Heath Peters 145 (71-74)
T27) Scott Seibert 146 (73-73)
T36) David Butwell 148 (76-72)
*T74) Brad Marek 156 (81-75)
* - played as individual
1) Kent State 569 (282-287)
2) INDIANA 572 (282-290)
3) Xavier 574 (290-284)
4) Toledo 575 (289-286)
5) Miami (Ohio) 580 (290-290)
6) Ball State 580 (291-290)
7) Penn State 584 (292-292)
8) Marshall 586 (295-291)
9) Ohio 593 (301-292)
10) Akron 595 (295-300)
11) Iowa 598 (299-299)
T12) Marquette 600 (303-297)
T12) Northern Illinois 600 (304-296)
14) Eastern Michigan 604 (311-293)
15) Western Kentucky 606 (304-302)
16) Wright State 616 (311-305)
17) Bowling Green 617 (307-310)
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