Overton Enters Final Round Even Par at NCAA Central Regional
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Indiana University sophomore Jeff Overton survived a rainy and windy day in Manhattan, Kan., Friday, and fired a 1-over-par 73 in the second round of the NCAA Central Regional.
Currently, Overton is at even-par 144 (71-73), and is tied for 25th in the 141-man field. The Evansville, Ind., native is seven shots back of Jason Moon of North Carolina State and Judd Easterling of Wichita State, who lead the field at 7-under-par 137.
"We got by far the worst part of the weather today," said Indiana head coach Mike Mayer. "The morning tee-times had to deal with a lot of rain and wind, while the weather cleared up pretty good in the afternoon."
Overton struggled at the beginning of his round Friday, carding a bogey on the par-four second, and a double bogey on the following hole. Sitting 3-over-par for his round, Overton birdied holes six and seven to card a 37 on the front nine.
Once again however, Overton jumped out to a bad start on the back nine, bogeying 10 and 11 to drop back to three over.
"Jeff hit a bad tee shot on the 10th hole, which put him in a bad position," Mayer said. "On No. 11, he got himself into a hazard that led to his second-straight bogey."
Just as the case was on the front side though, Overton ended with two birdies at holes 16 and 18 for his 73.
"He actually lipped out a six-footer for birdie on the 17th hole as well," Mayer recalled.
The lone representative of the Indiana men's golf team, Overton is the first IU individual to advance to NCAA Regional competition since Randy Leen in 1997.
In his two years at IU, Overton recorded the third-lowest season average in school history with a 72.22 this year, and currently holds the best career average of all-time at 73.24. The two-time All-Big Ten honoree also led the Hoosiers to a school record scoring average of 293.70 in 2003, more than two strokes better than the former record of 296.06, set by the 1990-91 team.
Three regional tournaments, encompassing the current nine regions, will be conducted May 15-17. A total of 27 teams and six individuals have been selected for each regional competition with ten teams and two individuals advancing from each regional to the championships finals.
Overton will tee off in his final round tomorrow off of No. 10 at 9:00 a.m. It is most likely that Overton will need a score in the mid-to-upper 60s to advance to the NCAA Championships.
Should Overton qualify for the NCAAs, he will compete May 27-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
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