Overton Completes Record-Setting Season
Hot Springs, Va. - Concluding one of the greatest seasons in Indiana golf history, Jeff Overton finished tied for 20th at the NCAA Championships. Overton, the first Hoosier to compete at the Championships since Randy Leen in 1997, ended the tournament with a four-day total of 285 (67-70-69-77). His 20th-place finish is the best by a Hoosier since Leen's 10th-place finish in 1997.
Ryan Moore of UNLV captured the individual title with a 13-under-par, 267 (67-70-64-66), while California was crowned the team champions at 1134 (279-289-287-279).
"I think this tournament can be summed up in three bad holes," said Indiana head Mike Mayer. "You take out those three holes, and Jeff had a great tournament."
Overton opened the day with a birdie at the par-4, first hole and recorded four consecutive birdies until back-to-back bogeys at six and seven. The Big Ten Player of the Year bounced back with a birdie at the par-3, eighth and closed out the frontside with a par.
Heading to the back-nine at even-par, Overton parred the 10th and 11th holes before struggling to a 10 at the par-4, 12th. The Evansville, Ind., product fought back with a birdie at the par-5, 16th and finished the day with a 77.
In addition to being named the Big Ten Player of the Year, Overton accomplished several other remarkable feats during the 2003-04 season. The junior averaged a 70.62, the lowest season-stroke average in the program's history. Overton now has a 72.25 career stroke average, which also stands as the lowest in IU history.
Overton captured five individual titles and received the Les Bolstad Award for the lowest stroke average in the Big Ten Conference. He was named Big Ten Golfer of the Week five times and was selected to the U.S. team at the 2004 Fuji Xerox U.S.A. Collegiate Golf Championship that will compete in Japan on July 13-16.
He set the top two 18-hole (64, 65), top three 36-hole (130, 131, 134) and top two 54-hole (199, 203) scoring records in Indiana history.
Overton captained a Hoosier team that finished the 2003-04 campaign with four titles, the second-most in the program's history and the most since the 1974-75 season. The Hoosiers also carded the lowest stroke average in school history at 291.84 while returning to the NCAA tournament for the first time since the 1996-97 season and the first time in Mayer's six-year tenure.
Additionally, Overton was recognized nationally when he was named GolfWorld Magazine's Golfer of the Week on Sept. 26. He also received honorable mention for National Amateur of the Month for October by the Southern Golf Association and was selected as one of the 34 finalists for the Hogan Award (top collegiate golfer).
"Overall, Jeff had a great season. I'm proud of everything he has accomplished and look forward to having Jeff and the team back next year," said Mayer.
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