Hoosiers Look Ahead to Badger Invitational
The Indiana University Men's Golf team will open its season at the 2002 Badger Invitational, Friday-Sunday, Sept. 6-8 in Madison, Wis. The University of Wisconsin will host the event and will be held on the University Ridge Golf Course, which will be setup at a par 72 and a yardage of 6,888 yards.
The 54-hole event will field 15 teams: Coastal Carolina, Colorado State, Georgia State, Illinois, INDIANA, Iowa, Lamar, Long Beach State, UNC-Wilmington, Penn State, Toledo, Washington State, Western Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Xavier.
The tournament begins Friday with a 1 p.m. shotgun start, with weekend play set for tee-times beginning at 8 a.m. both days.
Golfstat will feature live updates at the event this year, and will be linked to IUHOOSIERS.com.
Complete tournament results will be made available on the web at IUHOOSIERS.com following the event. Results can be viewed and printed out by choosing the Men's Golf link from the main menu. For more information, contact Jeff Smith at (812) 855-6209 or through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Starting Five
Competing for Indiana at the Badger Invitational will be seniors Ben Davidson, Aldo Jordan, Mike Miller and sophomores Jeff Overton and Heath Peters.
"Quoting" the Coach
Indiana Coach Mike Mayer: "The five players that we're bringing to the Badger are the golfers who had the most productive summer. The course (University Ridge) is long so our length will help, but there are some tight holes. We will need to have good course management because some of these holes will call for it.
"We're confident about opening up the season, but it will be a tough test. We enter this season with a lot more confidence than we ended the spring with, and that says a lot, being that we contended for the Big Ten title last year.
"I'm bringing Mike Miller this weekend because he had an outstanding summer and he led the team last year at the Badger. Mike played in the USGA Public Links Championship this summer. It's impressive anytime you can qualify for a USGA Championship, but making it to match-play is awesome. I'm very pleased with how Mike played over the summer."
Hoosiers to Watch
Indiana opens the season with all of last year's starters returning. Sophomore Jeff Overton carded a team-leading 74.45 stroke average in 31 rounds for the Hoosiers last season. His average marked the lowest season average of any freshmen in school history. Senior captain Ben Davidson placed sixth at the 2002 Big Ten Championship, firing rounds of 72-71-71-72. Senior Mike Miller led the team last season at the Badger Invitational, placing tied for 25th with a 219 (71-74-74).
Mayer Names 2003 Captain
Indiana University men's golf coach Mike Mayer announced Tuesday that Ben Davidson will be the captain of the 2002-03 Hoosier squad. Mayer Names Davidson 2003 Captain
Overton Nearly Captures Western Junior Title
Sophomore Jeff Overton placed second in the Western Junior this summer, which is the premiere golf tournament for juniors 19 and younger. The Evansville, Ind., native fired a final round 2-under-par 68 to finish with an even-par 280 (73-69-70-68) at the Sea Island Seaside Course in Sea Island, Ga.
"It was very pleasing to watch Jeff play in this major championship," said Indiana coach Mike Mayer. "Just over the summer, his patience, maturity and course management has improved greatly."
Peters Wins Northern Open
Sophomore Heath Peters played extremely well this summer and shot 66 to win the Indiana Northern Open, a field that is made up of professionals and amateurs from across the state.
"Heath's win this summer at the Northern was very impressive," said Mayer. "We are looking for Heath to compete for the top spot this season and have a very successful sophomore season."
New Faces, Familiar Places
This year's Indiana squad features many newcomers that hail from the same hometowns as current IU golfers. Newcomer Mike Birkenfeld and Jeff Overton are both from Evansville, Ind. and Evansville North H.S.
Likewise, two other newcomers, sophomore Aaron Walters and freshman Joe Miller both played high school golf at Bloomington South in Bloomington, Ind.
Freshman Brad Marek also hails from the same hometown as junior Ryan Cassidy, Arlington Heights, Ill.
Other Summer Standouts
Senior Ben Davidson carded a 68 to place first in the Amateur Players Tour (APT) event at Heartland Crossing outside of Indianapolis, Ind. and also won the APT Open at the Legends of Indiana with a 138 (67-71).
Senior Aldo Jordan won the IV Nextel Championship in June, firing 139 (71-68) and placed third in a field of 64 at the XXII Manuel Pradoy Carlos Raffo International Cup with a 289 (74-76-71-68). Jordan also qualified for the 2002 Arizona Amateur Championship with 143 (72-71) and advanced to the sweet sixteen.
Senior Mike Miller qualified for the United States Public Links Championship firing a 9-under-par 135 (68-67) advanced to match play at the U.S. Public Links with 1-over-par 146 (76-69), but lost in the first round.
Staying Close to Home
Not since the 1993 season has the IU men's golf team hosted a Big Ten Championship. That will change this year as the Hoosiers will host the conference championship, May 2-4, 2003. Indiana will also host the Northern Intercollegiate Sept. 28-29, which will include many of the Big Ten teams.
Of the 12 tournaments this season, IU will travel out of the tri-state area (Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio) just six times. IU has two tournaments in Michigan and Florida and one each in West Virginia and Wisconsin.
New tournaments this year for IU include the Earl Yestingsmeier Invite, hosted by Ball State at the TPC at Woodland Trails. Indiana will also return to Lexington, Ky., for the Johnny Owens Invitational. The event will be held on the new University Club of Kentucky Golf Course, the new home golf course of the Kentucky Wildcats.
The Man in Charge
Head Coach Mike Mayer begins his fifth season at the helm of the Indiana Men's Golf program. His focus has been to rekindle the fire that brought the Indiana men's golf team a Big Ten Championship in 1998, and nearly accomplished that feat by contending for the title last season.
It appears that Mayer is right on course, as he is coming off his most productive recruiting season during his tenure.
Mayer is quite familiar with IU, as he is an alum of the university and spent nine seasons as an assistant coach under Sam Carmichael before taking over the men's program in the fall of 1998.
During those nine seasons as an assistant coach, Mayer was a part of two Big Ten Championships and a trip to the NCAA Championships.
As he continues his coaching career, he is looking to elevate the Indiana golf program to the highest level and has put a strong emphasis on recruiting in an effort to bring the best players to IU.
"Obviously we were very pleased with the immediate impact our freshmen made last year," said Mayer of the 2001-02 class that Golfstat ranked eighth in the nation. "Jeff (Overton) was our scoring leader and Heath (Peters) was right behind him. Having two freshmen at top of your lineup certainly bodes well for the future.
Mayer, a 1975 graduate of Jennings County High School, obtained degrees in journalism and English literature from Indiana in 1987, and went on to receive his master's degree in sport management from IU in 1998.
Mayer also serves as the Director of Golf at Indiana University in charge of the IU golf facility and is also a Class A member of the Professional Golfers Association of America and a Class A PGA Professional.
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