Men's Golf

    Hoosiers Off to Big Ten Championships

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!
    Bloomington, Ind. - On the heels of its fourth victory of the season, the Indiana men's golf team heads to the Big Ten Championships on Saturday-Sunday, May 8-9. The Championships will be held at the University of Michigan Golf Course in Ann Arbor, Mich. Tee times are slated for at 8:00 a.m. with 36 holes on Saturday and 18 on Sunday.

    Complete tournament results will be made available on the web at IUHOOSIERS.com nightly and following the event. There will also be LIVE scoring of the Championships through www.golfstat.com.

    Head coach Mike Mayer will send a lineup consisting of Golfstat's sixth-ranked golfer in the country, junior Jeff Overton, along with fellow classmates Heath Peters and Mike Birkenfeld. Sophomore Scott Seibert and freshman David Butwell round out the lineup.

    The Hoosier lineup is the same five golfers that captured the championship at the Fossum/TaylorMade Invitational on May 1-2. IU grinded through cold and windy conditions to defeat the 14-team field (nine Big Ten teams) with a three-round total of 880 (288-295-297). In addition, Overton claimed his fifth individual title, and Peters finished eighth at the event.

    TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
    The Indiana University men's golf team will compete at the Big Ten Men's Golf Championships, Saturday-Sunday, May 8-9 in Ann Arbor, Mich. The event will be held at the University of Michigan Golf Course. The U-M Course is setup as a par 71 with a yardage of 6,704.

    The Big Tens will be altered from its previous 72-hole championship play. The event will consist of three rounds, 36 holes played on Saturday and 18 holes played on Sunday. In addition to the Hoosiers, the remaining Big Ten teams will be featured: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin.

    Tournament play begins Saturday at 8 a.m. (EST) off No. 1 and No. 10 tee. Sunday's final round will also start at 8 a.m. (EST) off No. 1 and No. 10 tee.

    Scoring for the event will be five players, with the low four scores from each team for each round determining a team's score.

    PARTICIPATING HOOSIERS
    The Hoosiers will send a lineup consisting of Golfstat's sixth-ranked golfer in the nation, junior Jeff Overton, along with fellow classmates Heath Peters and Mike Birkenfeld. Sophomore Scott Seibert and freshman David Butwell round out the lineup. The lineup is the same five golfers that captured the championship at the Fossum/TaylorMade Invitational on May 1-2 and tied for third at the FirstEnergy Intercollegiate on April 24-25.

    Overton and Peters have competed in all 32 of the Hoosiers' rounds this season. Seibert will participate in his sixth straight event, while Birkenfeld makes his third consecutive appearance in the starting five. Butwell is making his third straight appearance and third appearance since the Steve Kerr Invitational on March 19-20.

    TOURNAMENT RESULTS
    Complete tournament results will be made available on the web at IUHOOSIERS.com nightly and following the event. There will also be LIVE scoring of the Championships through www.golfstat.com. For more information, contact Jeff Keag at 812-855-6209 or through e-mail at jkeag@indiana.edu.

    QUOTING HEAD COACH Mike Mayer
    "Obviously we feel very good coming off a big win last week at Michigan State. But we also know that we are going to have to play very well to be competitive in this championship. The Big Ten Conference is very strong this year, and I feel that there are at least six teams with a legitimate chance to win the championship.

    "For us to be successful we are going to have to have the same kind of gutty performance that we had last week in our victory. We feel good, we feel confident, and we feel like we have a good chance to be in the hunt on Sunday in this championship at the University of Michigan.

    "The golf course, I think, fits us very, very well. It is a power course -- by that I mean it's a course that gives an advantage to long hitters -- and I think that suits our team. But in the end I think the championship will be determined on the greens. The greens at Michigan are very undulating and very tricky. We are going to have to take care of business on and around the greens to be successful.

    "Individually, Jeff Overton is playing well. It's a good time for him to start playing well again, although he's never played badly. After last fall the expectations were pretty high, but he's playing very well right now, which makes him pretty dangerous."

    HOOSIERS WIN FIFTH TITLE
    Jeff Overton carded a 5-under-par 67 earning medalist honors and leading the Indiana men's golf team to the championship at the Fossum/TaylorMade Invitational on May 1-2. The Hoosiers grinded through cold and windy conditions to defeat the 14-team field (nine Big Ten teams) with a three-round total of 880 (288-295-297).

    IU held off Illinois by four shots for its fourth title this season. Indiana's four victories are the second most victories in a season in the program's history and the most titles in a season since the 1974-75 team captured four championships. In addition to its four titles, the Hoosiers have recorded nine top five finishes and seven top three finishes on the season.

    TITLE NO. 5 FOR OVERTON
    Jeff Overton's individual title at the Fossum/TaylorMade was his fifth of the season and his career and his first this spring. Entering the final round two shots off the lead, the junior fired the lowest round of any golfer (67) in the field to give him a 54-hole, 6-under-par total of 210 (73-70-67) and a four-stroke victory over Minnesota's Bronson LaCassie.

    The Hogan Award finalist scored his second-best three-round total and matched his low 18-hole score (second time) of the spring. He has scored in the 60s 15 times this season and has a 70.06 scoring average.

    PETERS REMAINS HOT
    Along with Jeff Overton's title, Heath Peters finished in the top 10 for the third straight week and the fourth time in his last five tournaments after an eighth-place showing. The junior from Garrett, Ind., opened with a 72 and 73 in the first two rounds en route to a three-round, 4-over-par 220 total.

    With his finish, Peters now has six top 10 finishes this season and 14 top 10's in his career. He holds a 72.75 scoring average in 32 rounds this year.

    BUTWELL PROVIDES BOOST
    Looking for consistency in the third spot in the lineup, the Hoosiers got it from David Butwell. The freshman recorded his best finish of the season after tying for 15th at the Fossum/TaylorMade. Butwell carded a 224 (72-74-78), his second-lowest score of the season and his second top 20 of the season. The Southampton, England, native has participated in 24 rounds this season and carries a 75.25 scoring average.

    FOUR STRAIGHT FOR OVERTON
    Indiana men's golfer Jeff Overton earned his fourth consecutive Big Ten Golfer of the Week award after winning the individual title at the Fossum/Taylor Made Invitational. The junior has been honored by the Big Ten five times this season and seven times in his career.

    On April 24-25 at the FirstEnergy Intercollegiate, Overton was awarded his third straight honor after tying for third.

    Overton picked up his fifth career honor following a fourth-place tie at the Kepler Intercollegiate on April 17-18. He earned his fourth career accolade and second of the season with a second-place finish at the Boilermaker Invitational on April 10-11.

    At the St. Croix Collegiate Classic on March 5-7, Overton finished in a tie for fourth, earning his first Golfer of the Week honor this season.

    HOOSIERS IN THE RANKINGS
    The Hoosiers are fourth in the May 4th Midwest District rankings. IU sits behind top-ranked Minnesota followed by Kentucky and Xavier. The top six teams in the rankings automatically receive an invitation to the NCAA Regionals on Friday-Sunday, May 20-22 at Purdue's Kampen Golf Course.

    Additionally, Jeff Overton and Heath Peters are listed on the individual watch list.

    Below is a look at the team rankings:

    1. Minnesota 40 Points
    2. Kentucky 36
    3. Xavier 32
    4. INDIANA 27
    5. Illinois 23.5
    6. Purdue 21
    7. Toledo 15.5
    8. Kent State 13
    9. Ohio State 8
    10. Northwestern 4

    OVERTON RANKED IN TOP 10
    Jeff Overton is ranked No. 6 in Golfstat's current individual rankings. In Golfweek's individual rankings, Overton remained in the top 10 after his victory at the Fossum/TaylorMade. The junior currently sits in the 10th spot in the rankings.

    OVERTON TO REPRESENT U.S.
    Jeff Overton has been named to the United States Team that will compete at the 2004 Fuji Xerox U.S.A. vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship announced the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). The 12-member squad will consist of eight men's and four women's collegiate players. The event will be held July 13-16 at Taiheiyou Club Ichihara Course in Chiba, Japan.

    Santiago Quirarte SIGNS NLI
    Head coach Mike Mayer officially announced Wednesday, April 20, that Santiago Quirarte signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to attend Indiana University in the fall of 2004.

    A native of Queretaro, Mexico, Quirarte is currently the number one ranked junior in Mexico. On April 18, the reigning Mexican State Athlete of the Year finished second individually at the qualifying for the Junior Golf World Cup in San Jose, Costa Rica. Quirarte is the number one golfer representing the team from Mexico that will compete at the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup at Bearspaw Country Club in Kyoto, Japan, from June 18-26.

    IU FINISHES THIRD IN AKRON
    The Hoosiers tied for third place at the 17-team FirstEnergy Intercollegiate following a final round 297 on April 24-25. IU's 54-hole total of 869 (282-290-297) matched Kent State and was eight shots behind the victorious Xavier Musketeers and six shots behind Toledo.

    IU now has eight top five's in 10 events this season and has secured a top three finish six times.

    Heath Peters and Jeff Overton finished in the top 10 for the second consecutive week. Peters provided a strong final round, moving up from a tie for 21st into a tie for third place. The Garrett, Ind., native carded a final round 69, giving him a three-round total of 214 (71-74-69).

    Overton entered the final round in second place with hopes of earning his fifth title of the season, but the junior carded a 75. Despite the round, Overton joined Peters in third place with a three-round 214 (68-71-75).

    PAIR OF TOP 10's AT KEPLER
    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 on April 17-18. 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.

    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 en route to a three-day, even-par total of 216 (74-73-69), tying for fourth place, two shots behind Ryan Yip of Kent State.

    Peters ended the event 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).

    NCAA PREVIEW AT PURDUE
    Sitting in eighth place entering the final round of the Boilermaker Invitational (April 10-11), the Indiana men's golf team fired a 293 to charge up the leaderboard for a fifth-place finish. IU ended the tournament with a three-day total of 878 (297-288-293).

    The Hoosiers finished second out of the eight Big Ten teams participating in the field and finished ahead of No. 5 Oklahoma State (884) and No. 18 Oklahoma (887). In an 18-team event featuring 10 top 50, four top 25 and two top 10 teams, Indiana came away with its seventh top 10 finish in eight events this season.

    Jeff Overton carded a final round, 2-under-par 70, placing second for the third time in his career. The junior finished two strokes behind Kane Webber of Colorado with a 54-hole total of 209 (72-67-70).

    SPRING BREAK RECAP
    Indiana finished in fourth place in the 14-team field at the Steve Kerr Invitational on March 19-20, it's sixth top 10 in seven events this season. The Hoosiers fired a three-round total of 881 (298-289-294), eight shots behind victorious and 24th-ranked Colorado State.

    Heath Peters tied for third place, two shots behind Dan Floyd of UTEP and nine shots behind the winner, Barrett Jarosch of Denver. Peters' finish was the second best of his career (first at Johnny Owens Invite, March 30, 2003) and his best this season. The junior concluded the event with 214 (72-71-71), matching his lowest 54-hole score of his career and the season (fourth time).

    In addition, junior Jeff Overton finished in a tie for 14th at 220, and sophomore Brad Marek moved into a tie for 16th with 228 (78-71-71).

    MAREK'S SPRING DEBUT
    Seeing his first action of the spring season, Brad Marek came back from a 78 in round one to finish tied for 16th at the Steve Kerr. The Arlington Heights, Ill., native posted an even-par 71 in round two and a 1-over-par 72 for a 54-hole total of 228.

    PETERS GOLFER OF THE WEEK
    Following his performance at the Steve Kerr Invitational, Heath Peters became the second Hoosier in three weeks to be named Big Ten Golfer of the Week on March 24. This was the second Player of the Week honor for Peters in his career with his first coming on the heels of his victory at the Johnny Owens Invitational on March 30, 2003.

    Peters secured his third top 10 of the season, his first of the spring and the 10th of his career at the Steve Kerr. In his last four rounds, the Garrett, Ind., native has shot par or lower three times. In addition, Peters is second on the team with a 72.75 scoring average.

    OVERTON FINALIST FOR HOGAN
    Jeff Overton is a finalist for the 2004 Ben Hogan Award, presented annually to the top men's NCAA Division I, II, or III or NAIA golfer. The junior is one of 34 golfers on the watch list and joins Justin Smith of Minnesota as the only two Big Ten golfers on the list.

    SECOND AT ST. CROIX
    Gunning for its fourth victory in its last five events, the Indiana men's golf team came up one stroke short, finishing second at the 14-team St. Croix Collegiate Classic on March 5-7. The Hoosiers fired a final round 295, giving them a three-day total of 879, one shot behind Fresno State's 878 total and one stroke ahead of third place Ohio State's 880 total.

    Junior Jeff Overton closed the tournament with a 76, good for a fourth-place tie at 216 (71-69-76). The Evansville, Ind., native finished two strokes behind Fresno State's Chad Spencer.

    Additionally, junior Mike Birkenfeld just missed his third top 10 of the year, tying for 12th with 221. Birkenfeld carded a final round 76 after rounds of 70 and 75 on the first two days.

    PETERS GOES LOW
    Heath Peters led the Hoosiers with a 69 in the final round at the St. Croix Collegiate Classic, the lowest round of any golfer in the field. It was the junior's first round in the 60s this spring and his third round in the 60s this season. The Garrett, Ind., product catapulted into 16th place with 222 (76-77-69) after the round.
     

     

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