Ann Arbor, Mich. - After 36 holes of play at the Big Ten Championships, the Indiana men's golf team sits in sixth place with 577 (286-291). The Hoosiers trail first place Ohio State (558), second place Minnesota (566) and third place Illinois (570) entering the final round on Sunday.
"Today was a rough day for us," said Indiana head coach Mike Mayer. "We got off to a good start in the morning round. We got off to a terrible start this afternoon and couldn't get anything going. It just wasn't our day. We didn't get any breaks and didn't make things happen."
Jeff Overton birdied three of his first seven holes in the opening round to get to 3-under-par before bogeys at eight and 12. He responded with a birdie at 15, but bogeyed the 17th hole to close with a 1-under 70.
The junior carded a 73 in the afternoon round to give him a 36-hole, 1-over-par total of 143. Overton heads into the final round in a tie for 12th place, 12 shots behind Kevin Hall of Ohio State (11-under-par). The Evansville, Ind., native is looking for his 10th top 10 of the season and the 21st of his career.
Following an opening round 78, freshman David Butwell came back with a 1-under 70 in round two. The round is Butwell's lowest of the year and gives him a 36-hole total of 148. Butwell drained two birdies on the front nine and played even on the backside for his 70. He is tied for 34th heading into Sunday.
"I enjoyed coming back this afternoon," said Butwell. "I played well this morning, but I just didn't make any putts. Coach motivated me, and I felt confident and played better in the afternoon."
IU's number two golfer, Heath Peters, began the day with a 72 and closed with a 75. The junior from Garrett, Ind., is tied for 28th place with 147. On the first 18, Peters went out in 35 and came in with 37, accounting for his 72.
Additionally, Mike Birkenfeld turned in a solid 147 after rounds of 74 and 73. The junior, playing in his first Big Ten Championship, is tied for 28th place heading into the final 18 holes.
Despite opening the second round at 3-over through three holes, Birkenfeld clawed back to even-par with three straight birdies on nine, 10 and 11. However, he gave two strokes back with a pair of bogeys on 15 and 16 en route to his 73.
Scott Seibert opened the first round with a pair of birdies and added a third on number 15 to finish with a 1-under-par 70. The sophomore battled on the second 18, carding a 78 for a two-round total of 148. Seibert joins Butwell in a tie for 34th place.
The final round of the Championships are scheduled for an 8 a.m. (EST) tee time on Sunday at the University of Michigan Golf Course. Live scoring of the final round can be found at www.golfstat.com.
"We'll come out tomorrow and see how tough we are," said Mayer. "We still have something to prove to ourselves, and it's important as far as an NCAA bid goes. We have to make more birdies, more putts and make fewer mistakes."
T12) Jeff Overton 143 (70-73)
T28) Mike Birkenfeld 147 (74-73)
T28) Heath Peters 147 (72-75)
T34) David Butwell 148 (78-70)
T34) Scott Seibert 148 (70-78)
1) Ohio State 558 (279-279)
2) Minnesota 566 (287-279)
3) Illinois 570 (279-291)
T4) Penn State 576 (291-285)
T4) Purdue 576 (287-289)
6) INDIANA 577 (286-291)
T7) Michigan State 580 (287-293)
T7) Northwestern 580 (292-288)
9) Iowa 583 (295-288)
10) Michigan 589 (297-292)
11) Wisconsin 599 (299-300)
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