Hoosiers Head to NCAA Regionals
Bloomington, Ind. - The Indiana men's golf team makes the 17th NCAA appearance in the program's history on Thursday-Sunday, May 20-22. The NCAA Central Regionals will be held at the Kampen Golf Gourse in West Lafayette. The Hoosiers will tee off at 7:57 a.m. on Thursday and 12:36 p.m. on Friday before playing the third and final round of the Regionals on Saturday.
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 the Big Ten Player of the Year, 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 have participated in the team's last three events, inlcuding IU's championship at the Fossum/TaylorMade Invitational on May 1-2. Indiana 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.
The Indiana University men's golf team will compete at the NCAA Central Regionals, Thursday-Saturday, May 20-22 in West Lafayette, Ind. The event will be held at the Kampen Golf Course. Kampen is setup as a par 72 with a yardage of 7,259.
Along with the Hoosiers, 26 other teams will compete at the Regionals. Here is a look at the participating teams: Oklahoma State, Texas, TCU, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arkansas, Kansas, Tulsa, Colorado, SMU, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Baylor, Texas A&M, Xavier, Illinois, Ohio State, Purdue, Kent State, Wichita State, Lamar, Notre Dame, Princeton, Western Illinois and Jackson State.
The tournament is a three-day, 54-hole event with play beginning each day at 7:12 a.m. Teams will tee off from No. 1 and No. 10 tee all three days.
Scoring for the event will be five players, with the low four scores from each team for each round determining a team's score.
The top 10 teams and top two individuals at the Regionals will advance to the NCAA Championships. The Championships will take place in Hot Springs, Va., on Tuesday-Friday, June 1-4 at Cascades Golf Course.
The Hoosiers will send a lineup consisting of the Big Ten Player of the Year, 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 have competed for IU the past three tournaments.
Overton and Peters have competed in all 35 of the Hoosiers' rounds this season. Seibert will participate in his seventh straight event, while Birkenfeld makes his fourth consecutive appearance in the starting five. Butwell is making his fourth straight appearance and fourth appearance since the Steve Kerr Invitational on March 19-20.
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 Regionals through www.golfstat.com. For more information, contact Jeff Keag at 812-855-6209 or through e-mail at email@example.com.
QUOTING HEAD COACH Mike Mayer
"We are excited and a little relieved we were selected to the NCAA tournament. We really felt like we deserved this after the good, productive season we had. We beat a lot of good teams, including Oklahoma State (the top seed in the Central Region) and Oklahoma (the fifth seed), at the Boilermaker Invitational. We feel like we can compete, and we're ready to get started.
"We've been working real hard this week preparing for the NCAA tournament. We really feel like the golf course, and it fits our style of play. We have the strength necessary to play the Kampen Course, and we need to take advantage of our power. Obviously it is an outstanding field, and we will have to play a solid tournament to have a chance to advance to the NCAA finals.
"It's also obvious that Jeff Overton and Heath Peters are the leaders of this team and have to have solid performances for us to have a chance to make it out. Jeff has been playing very well this week and there are some definite signs that he will compete for the individual title. Heath can overpower this golf course but also needs to have a lot of control with his iron play and short game. I think Scott Seibert and David Butwell are ready for big-time performances. Mike Birkenfeld had a very good tournament at the Big Ten Championships and hopefully that will carry over to the NCAAs."
BIG TEN RECAP
Indiana finished in fifth place at the Big Ten Championships (May 7-9) with a 54-hole 865 total (286-291-288). IU's finish is the best at the Big Tens in head coach Mike Mayer's six seasons and the best finish since the 1997-98 team captured the team title.
Mike Birkenfeld was the low Hoosier golfer for the tournament with a 54-hole, 3-over-par total of 216 (74-73-69). Playing in his first Big Ten Championships, the junior led Indiana with a tie for 17th place.
Indiana's number one golfer, Jeff Overton, ended the Championships in a tie for 22nd place at 217 (70-73-74).
OVERTON SWEEPS AWARDS
Jeff Overton was honored by the Big Ten with three year-end awards. Overton was the unanimous selection as Big Ten Player of the Year, becoming the third Hoosier (Shaun Micheel, 1991; Randy Leen, 1996, 97, 98) to receive the honor.
The Evansville, Ind., native also received the Les Bolstad Award for the low season stroke average in the Conference. His 70.26 average is not only the lowest score in the Big Ten, it is the lowest single-season stroke average in IU history. He joins Rob Jackson (1975) and Micheel (1991) as the only IU golfers to win the award.
Overton's average is also the lowest of any previous Les Bolstad Award winner since the honor was first given out in 1974. Luke Donald of Northwestern previously held the record at 70.45.
In addition, Overton was a first-team All-Big Ten selection for the second time in his career. He was named first-team All-Big Ten his freshman year and second-team All-Big Ten as a sophomore.
PETERS ALL-BIG TEN
Along with Overton, Heath Peters was recognized by the Big Ten as a second-team selection. It is the junior's first selection on the All-Big Ten team. Peters' selection gives Indiana two All-Big Ten selections in the same season for the eighth time in school history and the first time since 1998 (Randy Leen, Josh Brewer).
HOOSIERS GO LOW
Indiana finished the regular season with a 290.17 stroke average, breaking last year's school record scoring average of 293.70. The Hoosiers also finished with four victories, the second most in school history and the most since the 1974-75 season.
OVERTON RANKED IN TOP 10
Jeff Overton is ranked No. 9 in Golfstat's current individual rankings. The junior has been ranked in the top 10 the entire season. In Golfweek's individual rankings, Overton sits in the 14th position.
HOOSIERS WIN FOURTH 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.
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.
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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