Hoosiers Tee Off With Front Pack For Final Round Sunday
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's golf team has finally reached the first tee. After having teed off of No. 11 with the back of the Big Ten Championships' field the past two days, the Hoosiers' 3-over-par 287 Saturday, moved IU into a tie for sixth with Northwestern. Having beat the Wildcats head-to-head Saturday, Indiana will tee off at 8 a.m., paired with fifth-place Michigan State, off of No. 1, with the leaders following behind.
Although Indiana fired the third-lowest round of the day Saturday's 18 holes seemed to have turned the conference championship into three separate tournaments.
Illinois fired a sizzling 8-under-par 276, placing the Fighting Illini at the top of the leaderboard at 13-under, 839 (282-281-276). Defending Big Ten and NCAA Champions Minnesota, is six shots back of Illinois at 845 (283-282-280).
Ohio State is all alone in third at 858, 13 back of Minnesota, yet nine strokes ahead of fourth place Purdue. IU is just three shots back of Purdue, while Michigan State is fifth at 869, followed by IU and Northwestern at 870.
Michigan, in eighth place, is 12 shots back of the middle pack with 882.
For Indiana, the Hoosiers were led by sophomore Jeff Overton, who paced the 6,942-yard IU Golf Course with a 2-under-par 69. Currently, Overton is tied for eighth individually at 212 (73-70-69). Classmate Heath Peters fired a 1-over 72 and is tied for 20th at 218 (70-76-72). Seniors Aldo Jordan and Ben Davidson each carded a 73 on Saturday along with fellow Hoosier Scott Seibert.
Jordan is 22nd overall at 219 (69-77-73), while Seibert is tied for 33rd with 223 (75-75-73). Davidson rounds out the IU lineup at 224 (73-78-73), tied for 35th.
"I felt that we made some mistakes right out of the gates that pushed us back a little," said Indiana head coach Mike Mayer. "Once we made the turn to the front nine (IU's second back nine of the day), I felt we were in good position. The par-three's on the front side were awfully tough on us. Scott (Seibert) hit the cart path twice on No. 4, which sent his ball into the woods. It was really a bad break for him and us. But Scott started 4-over-par through the first four holes and fought back to a 73. He had heart today. He came back and fought hard. And Jeff (Overton) certainly has the potential to go low tomorrow and charge up the leaderboard. He has proven he is capable of contending for the lead."
The Hoosiers look to storm the IU Championship Course Sunday, with 18 holes of play beginning at 8 a.m.
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