Aug. 31, 2005
Former two-time Indiana men's golf All-American Jeff Overton played as a professional for the first time at the PGA Tour's Buick Championship (Aug. 25-26). Overton carded a 2-under-par 68 in the second round at the TPC at River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.
After firing a 77 in the opening round, the Evansville, Ind., native recorded three birdies and one bogey in round two, and although he missed the cut, he showed he is more than capable of playing
Overton sat down with IUHOOSIERS.com to talk about his experience s at the Buick Championship.
On playing at the Buick Championship:
"It was an awesome experience. (Former IU teammate) Mike Birkenfeld caddied for me. I was sitting at breakfast and lunch with guys like (PGA Tour members) Fred Funk and Bo Van Pelt. There are better fields and better players, but I really feel like I can play on the Tour. It's just a matter of feeling comfortable out there. Hopefully, I'll get a chance to play in a couple more tournaments soon."
On his schedule the rest of the year:
"I hope to get a chance to play in one of the final events of the season. As I get more experience, I'll be more settled down and ready to compete right from the start of the tournament. I just look forward for the next opportunity to play out there."
On his second-round 68:
"I shot a 68, and I didn't really play great. I missed some putts and hit some poor tee shots. It was a lot of fun, and it showed me I could play. I also got to see my Walker Cup partner (Michael Putnam) come in fourth place. I've played with him before and know I can compete against him. It's just a matter of getting my driver under control and not getting so anxious."
On meeting other PGA players:
"It was great. After I got done with my first round I was really down, and (PGA Tour member) Charles Howell III came up to me and said `nice playing at the Walker Cup.' How does Charles Howell know about me? It caught me off guard. We ended up having a good conversation and then I walked in and signed my scorecard. It was kind of neat a lot of the guys knew who I was, knew I played at the Walker Cup and knew I played at Indiana."
On his emotions at the Buick:
"Playing in my first event was a lot of fun. When you are a little kid you dream of going out there and playing on the PGA Tour, but when the time came I just tried not to get overwhelmed by the whole experience. They were just other golfers I went out there to try and beat. I attempted to treat it like another tournament and have fun with it."