That's "Captain Davidson" To You..
MADISON, Wis. - Indiana men's golf coach Mike Mayer announced Tuesday that senior Ben Davidson was named captain of the 2002-03 squad. Yesterday at the Badger Invitational he did not live up to his title, but Saturday he did.
After a disappointing first-round 81 Friday, the senior from Indianapolis, Ind. carded a 2-under-par 70, which matches the best round shot by a Hoosier golfer this weekend. Davidson's fellow classmate Aldo Jordan carded a 70 on the University Ridge Golf Course Friday.
Davidson did not get off to a good start Saturday, recording three double-bogeys and one birdie on the front nine for a 38. The senior caught fire on the back nine though, with birdies at holes 10 and 14 and an eagle at the par-five 16th. Finishing his round with two pars, Davidson fired a 4-under-par 32 on the back nine for his total.
"I was extremely pleased with Ben's play today," said Mayer. "He recovered well from his round yesterday and truly played the way a captain is supposed to play."
As a team, Indiana fired an even-par 288, which move them up into eighth place, a one-position improvement from yesterday. The Hoosiers stand seven strokes out of the top-five at 584 (296-288).
Illinois and Toledo continued to duke it out in the second round as both teams are tied for first place at an impressive 10-under-par 566. Penn State is in third with 589, three strokes back.
Other impressive Indiana performances came from Mike Miller, who led the Hoosiers last season in this event. The Farragut, Tenn. senior carded an even-par 72 in the second round, the Hoosiers most consistent round of the day. Miller finished with 14 pars and a birdie and a bogey on each side.
One stroke back of Miller is Jeff Overton with 73. The sophomore was quick out of the gate on the front nine, playing his first three holes 3-under-par. Two bogeys and a double-bogey a few holes later quickly put Overton back over par however. Overton's round was matched by Jordan, who currently leads the team with 143 (70-73), which is good for a 12th-place tie overall individually.
Rounding out the lineup for the Hoosiers was Heath Peters with 76. The sophomore has struggled with his game this weekend, which is completely uncharacteristic of the Garrett, Ind. native.
"Heath is struggling a bit in this tournament, but it is still the start of the year," Mayer said. "Our biggest problems right now are not taking advantages of the opportunities we have on the golf course, and making careless mistakes. We will have to get better in both departments to make a move on this field tomorrow."
The Hoosiers conclude the Badger Invitational at the University of Wisconsin tomorrow with tee-times beginning at 8 a.m.
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