Peters Sixth, Overton Eighth at NCAA Regionals
West Lafayette, Ind. - Heath Peters fired a 2-under-par 70 to position himself for a spot in the NCAA Finals in the second day at the NCAA Central Regionals on Friday afternoon. As a team, the Hoosiers carded a 308 in the second round, good for 17th place at 614 (306-308). IU is nine shots behind 10th-place Minnesota and Kansas State (top 10 teams advance to the Finals).
The top two individuals remaining that are not members of the 10 qualifying teams earn a spot in the NCAA Finals. Currently, Peters sits in sixth place with a two-day 144 total (74-70) and is the top individual from a non-qualifying team.
"That is the kind of stuff Heath Peters can do," said Indiana head coach Mike Mayer. "You can't understand unless you are out here how difficult this golf course is and how difficult it is set up. It separates the men from the boys, those who can and those who want to. Heath proved today what kind of player he really is. I couldn't be happier for him. It was a stellar round of golf."
Along with Peters, Jeff Overton is the second-lowest individual from a non-qualifying team. The junior shot a 75 on the heels of a 71 and is in a tie for eighth place at 146.
"You have to give Jeff a lot of credit," said Mayer. "Things were not going to form on the first nine, things were going against him and nothing right was happening. But yet, you don't think a 75 is a good round of golf, but that is a good round today. He is right in position, and Heath is right in position. We really have a tremendous one-two punch, and they proved it."
Peters sat at 1-over through 15 holes before reeling off three straight birdies to finish his round.
After starting on the 10th tee, the junior nearly drove the seventh green, tapping in for birdie following his chip shot. The Garrett, Ind., product drove the 370-yard eighth hole and drained a 10-foot uphill putt for birdie and closed his round with a 15-footer on the ninth for a three on the finishing par-4.
Overton struggled through the first nine holes at 5-over-par but regrouped on with a 34 on the second nine for a 75.
The Big Ten Player of the Year recorded seven pars and two birdies contributing to his 34. Overton struck a perfect iron within three feet at the par-3 fifth for his first birdie of the day. At seven, Overton drove his ball just short of the green and after his chip, sank a three-footer for his second birdie.
In the third position, Scott Seibert rebounded from an opening round 81 with a 77 in round two. The sophomore owns a 158 two-day total. Seibert went out in two-over 38 and came in with 39.
"Scott Siebert played well today. It wasn't the best round of golf, but he was in it the whole time. We talked about 77 turning out to be a good number, and even though he is unhappy right now, that is a good number," said Mayer.
Rounding out the lineup, freshman David Butwell carries a two-round total of 166 (80-86) and junior Mike Birkenfeld ended round two at 169 (82-87).
"Overall, I am extremely disappointed," said Mayer. "Our fourth and fifth guys, to shoot those numbers is inexcusable. It is a big negative for this team. We will have to overcome it and see what we can do tomorrow. With a decent number, we would have been right there."
Indiana returns to the links in the final of the Central Regionals on Saturday afternoon. The Hoosiers are slated to tee off from the first tee at 11:51 a.m. Live scoring of the Regionals can be found at www.golfstat.com.
"We are going to have to come out and really get something going to have a chance," said Mayer on advancing to the NCAA Finals. "Like I said yesterday, you really can't do it with two or three players."
6) Heath Peters 144 (74-70)
T8) Jeff Overton 146 (71-75)
T92) Scott Seibert 158 (81-77)
T129) David Butwell 166 (80-86)
137) Mike Birkenfeld 169 (82-87)
1) Kentucky 583 (298-285)
2) Oklahoma State 585 (287-298)
3) Texas 594 (298-296)
4) Texas A&M 595 (292-303)
5) Purdue 597 (295-302)
6) Oklahoma 599 (305-294)
7) SMU 601 (302-299)
T8) Wichita State 602 (302-300)
T8) TCU 602 (305-297)
T10) Minnesota 605 (302-303)
T10) Kansas State 605 (300-305)
12) Kent State 606 (301-305)
13) Notre Dame 607 (310-297)
14) Colorado 611 (304-307)
15) Ohio State 612 (302-310)
16) Texas Tech 613 (317-298)
17) INDIANA 614 (306-308)
18) Kansas 615 (315-300)
19) Tulsa 620 (314-306)
20) Arkansas 621 (314-307)
21) Lamar 622 (309-313)
22) Xavier 628 (312-316)
23) Illinois 629 (309-320)
24) Baylor 638 (321-317)
25) Princeton 641 (323-318)
26) Western Illinois 646 (323-323)
27) Jackson State 670 (333-337)
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