Men's Golf

    Overton Sixth, Hoosiers 15th at NCAA Regionals

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    West Lafayette, Ind. -- Facing a lengthy, windy golf course with deep, thick rough the Indiana men's golf team posted a 306 in the opening round of the NCAA Central Regionals at the Kampen Golf Course. In its first trip to the NCAA Regionals since the 1996-97 season, IU sits in 15th place, four shots behind four eighth-place teams at 302 (top 10 teams advance to NCAA Finals).

    Oklahoma State leads the 27-team field with a 1-under-par 287 and holds a six-shot lead over Texas A&M.

    "We played in U.S. Open conditions this morning," said Indiana head coach Mike Mayer. "The wind was up, blowing hard, and the golf course was setup as difficult as it could be. The rough was broodle. It was a true test of golf out there."

    Jeff Overton grinded through the difficult conditions and rode his putter to a 1-under-par 71. Overton is tied for sixth place, two shots behind Casey Wittenberg (Oklahoma State), Andrew Parr (Texas A&M) and Jason Hartwick (Texas). The junior drained several par-saving putts, including a 15-footer on the par-5 10th and a 10-footer at the par-3 17th to help secure his 71.

    "Jeff did what he had to do today," said Mayer. "When he hit it in the rough, he saved his numbers. He got in trouble on a couple of occasions, but he was smart enough to get out in a position where he could make par or bogey. That's a sign of a great player, and Jeff Overton is a great player."

    Following a bogey at number two, Overton ran off five consecutive pars before nailing a 25-footer for birdie at the eighth hole.

    A bogey at nine dropped Overton back to 1-over-par, where he remained until the 15th hole. At the 15th, the Big Ten Player of the Year struck his approach shot within 15 feet and sank the birdie putt to get back to even par. After back-to-back pars, the Evansville, Ind., product collected his third and final birdie of the day with a 35-foot putt at the par-4 18th.

    Heath Peters concluded his opening round with a 2-over-par 74, good for a 25th-place tie. The junior from Garrett, Ind., began his round with seven straight pars before a birdie at eight moved him to 1-under.

    "This course suits Heath's game, and he kept it out of the high grass most of the day. He played a solid round of golf," said Mayer.

    Peters came in with a 39 on the backside accounting for his 74. He came back from bogeys on two of the first three holes he played with pars on five of his final six holes.

    In addition to the IU's top two golfers, freshman David Butwell carded an 80, while sophomore Scott Seibert shot 81, and junior Mike Birkenfeld closed the opening day with 82.

    Seibert played the front-nine at 2-over-par (38) but fell back on the final nine holes with a 43.

    "For us to be competitive for one of the top spots in this Regional the bottom of our lineup needs to perform better," said Mayer. "We had it in position to have a pretty good round, but they made some mistakes. They have to play a lot smarter."

    Indiana returns to the links in round two of the Central Regionals on Friday afternoon. The Hoosiers are slated to tee off from the 10th tee at 12:36 p.m. Live scoring of the Regionals can be found at www.golfstat.com.

    IU Individual
    T6) Jeff Overton 71
    T25) Heath Peters 74
    T88) David Butwell 80
    T99) Scott Seibert 81
    T110) Mike Birkenfeld 82

    Team Scores
    1) Oklahoma State 287
    2) Texas A&M 292
    3) Purdue 295
    T4) Texas 298
    T4) Kentucky 298
    6) Kansas State 300
    7) Kent State 301
    T8) Minnesota 302
    T8) Ohio State 302
    T8) SMU 302
    T8) Wichita State 302
    12) Colorado 304
    T13) Oklahoma 305
    T13) TCU 305
    15) INDIANA 306
    T16) Illinois 309
    T16) Lamar 309
    18) Notre Dame 310
    19) Xavier 312
    T20) Arkansas 314
    T20) Tulsa 314
    22) Kansas 315
    23) Texas Tech 317
    24) Baylor 321
    T25) Princeton 323
    T25) Western Illinois 323
    27) Jackson State 333
     

     


       

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