Overton Ends 2003 Season at NCAA Central Regional
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Indiana University sophomore Jeff Overton concluded his 2003 season Saturday, placing tied for 38th at the NCAA Central Regional in Manhattan, Kan.
Overton carded a 2-over-par 74 in his final round, finishing his first ever NCAA postseason event with a 218 (71-73-74).
The Evansville, Ind., native stormed out of the gates early Saturday morning, recording birdies at No. 11 and 12, his second and third holes of the day. Overton would then go three-over on his next two holes, making him over par for only the third time in the 54-hole tournament.
Indiana's top golfer would then make the turn with two more bogeys, but answer back with birdies at the second and third holes. Whether they were bogeys or birdies, they always seemed to come in pairs for Overton, as he bogeyed the fifth and sixth holes to jump back to 3-over-par for the day and tournament.
Fittingly though, Overton finished his sophomore season birding his final hole, the par-four ninth.
"We got off to the kind of start that we wanted to this morning," said Indiana coach Mike Mayer. "Jeff made a couple of mistakes through the middle of the round. We kept going back-and-forth, trading birdies and bogeys. The final couple of holes, we started to take a lot of chances, because we had an idea of what Jeff needed to shoot to advance."
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.
"Jeff played great, but I think we both wish more putts would have fell this weekend," Mayer said.
In his two years at IU, Overton recorded the third-lowest season average in school history with a 72.25 this year, and currently holds the best career average of all-time at 73.21. 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.
"It would have been great to have had the team here, because I think we would have competed well," Mayer said. "But that is one of our goals for next year. We're going to work hard towards a conference title, a regional appearance, and a trip to the NCAA Championships."
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