Hoosiers Focued on Making Up Ground After Day One
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University men's golf team currently sits tied for seventh place at the 2003 Big Ten Championships, hosted by the Hoosiers at the IU Golf Course. Indiana placed fourth, just four shots back of the lead, after the first round of the day, but fell to a seventh-place tie with Iowa at 583 (285-298).
Illinois currently holds a two-stroke lead over defending Big Ten and NCAA Champion Minnesota. The Fighting Illini was led by sophomore standout James Lepp, who rebounded from an opening 73 to fire a 5-under-par 66.
Ohio State is third at 570, while Michigan State is fourth with a 576. Purdue's Peter Karmis, with day one rounds of 70 and 67, is the championship's individual leader.
For Indiana though, Hoosier coach Mike Mayer points out that the Hoosiers followed the game plan until mistakes late in the day hurt them.
"We got off to the kind of start we needed to," Mayer said. "We were in contention for the lead, after our first round was relatively mistake free. We just had some simple and dumb mistakes in the second round. We were even making bogeys from the middle of the fairway. If you are in the wrong position out here, you're going to make bogey, and we did that.
The Hoosiers were paced in the first round by senior Aldo Jordan. The Lima, Peru native carded a season-low 2-under-par 69, and was tied for the lead entering the second 18.
Unfortunately for the Hoosiers, both Jordan and IU faltered a bit in the second round, but are still in contention to make a run for the title with 36 holes left to play.
"Aldo's first round was exactly what we needed, but he had a bad streak in the middle of his second round," Mayer said.
Jordan carded a second round 77 to place him third in the Hoosiers' top-five and tied for 23rd overall.
Indiana sophomore Jeff Overton overcame a disappointing and unlucky ruling on his third hole of the day, to salvage a 1-over-par score of 143 (73-70). Due to the ruling on 13th, his third hole of the day, Overton suffered a double-bogey six and spent the remainder of his opening round battling back.
Classmate Heath Peters carded a 1-under-par 70 in the first round, but added a 76 to end his day tied with Jordan for 23rd at 146. Freshman Scott Seibert carded a pair of 75s to place tied for 40th. Senior Ben Davidson struggled most of the day, finishing tied for 47th at 151 (73-78).
The Hoosiers will take to the links tomorrow, with tee times beginning for Indiana at 10:20 a.m.
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