Jordan Cards Opening 70 at Badger
MADISON, Wis. - Friday afternoon the Indiana University men's golf team started out the way they wanted to-red hot. The Hoosiers jumped out of the gates early in the first round of the Badger Invitational, with senior Aldo Jordan leading the field at 3-under-par for the majority of the first round and IU not far out of first as well.
As the day progressed though, so did the low scores, which soon filtered Indiana to the middle of the back after the Hoosiers struggled on their second nine holes. Indiana finished the first round of the 54-hole tournament at the University Ridge Golf Course in ninth place with an 8-over-par 296.
The story of the day for the Hoosiers was Aldo Jordan, who led the team with a 2-under-par 70 and is tied for fourth place individually. The Lima, Peru native started on the back-nine Friday and fired three birdies en route to a 3-under-par 33. Jordan maintained consistent play as he played his final nine holes 1-over. For Jordan, the first round marks the best round he has fired since the 2000 Legends Intercollegiate. Jordan fired a 207 (72-68-67) in the event to record his lone collegiate victory.
Friday's round by Jordan was something that both him and the Hoosier squad have been waiting for. For the majority of the season last year, Jordan was sidelined with a broken leg, which he suffered in an automobile accident in October. Jordan made it back into the lineup in the spring, but Indiana head coach Mike Mayer felt that his senior never completely recovered mentally from the accident.
"Today's round by Aldo was something that both of us have been waiting for," Mayer said. "Last year I think he lost a little on his game, from both the mental and physical aspect. We really need Aldo to return to his old self this year and today I think he made a big stride toward that."
Indiana also had help from Jeff Overton, last season's scoring leader, who carded a 1-over-par 73. Mayer notes that the low number posted by the sophomore could have been much lower.
"Jeff hit a lot of fairways and greens today, but couldn't get the ball in the hole," Mayer said. "I really don't think he took advantage of some of the opportunities he had out there today."
Toledo fired a blistering 4-under-par 284 to take the first round lead over Illinois by one stroke in the 15-team field. The Fighting Illini fired a 285 and was one stroke better than Big Ten foe Penn State at 286. North Carolina-Wilmington sits fourth with 289.
Last year, the Hoosiers finished 15th in the event, which left the Hoosier coach with optimism on this year's performance so far.
"In golf, you really can't compare years, but this year we played the golf course much better than we did last year," said Mayer. "But we really can't have the production we had out of our No. 2 and 3 men today."
Mayer is noting the performances of Heath Peters and senior captain Ben Davidson who both struggled in the first round Friday, carding rounds of 78 and 81, respectively.
Another positive for the Hoosiers however, was senior Mike Miller who carded a 75. Miller led the squad at last year's Badger Invitational, placing 25th.
The Hoosiers' confidence, which has been extremely high in practice this week, will help IU get back into position tomorrow as Indiana plays their second 18-hole round of the tournament at 8 a.m.
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