Indiana Leads Northern Intercollegiate
Ann Arbor, Mich. - Indiana opened its 2003 fall season at the Northern Intercollegiate Saturday, Sept. 20. The Hoosiers carded rounds of 283 and 290 to finish tied for the lead with Xavier at 573, and seven strokes ahead of Ohio State.
Junior Jeff Overton continued his phenomenon stretch of rounds on the first day. Overton carded rounds of 67-69, to finish with a 136 and in first place. Overton tied his low 36-hole total, which he set last year at the Northern and again at the Marshall Invitational.
Fellow classmate Heath Peters is tied for second after shooting a 140 (68-72). Peters tied his low 18-hole total of 68, which he shot in the third round of last year's Northern.
"I couldn't be happier with Overton's play of late," said head coach Mike Mayer. "Overton and Peters are two players who are the leaders of this team with their play."
Junior Mike Birkenfeld made his Hoosier debut with a 146 (71-75) to finish in a tie for 19th. Senior Ryan Cassidy is tied for 48th at 151 (77-74) and sophomore Brad Marek is tied for 79th at 156 (79-77).
As a team, Indiana's first round of 283 set a new Indiana best 18 at the Northern.
Freshman David Butwell is competing as an individual. He shot a 149 (76-73) to finished tied for 35th.
"We are going to try to go out tomorrow and play well," said Mayer. "Hopefully we will bring home the Northern Intercollegiate championship."
Indiana will look to pick up its first championship of the season, and fifth Northern Intercollegiate Championship as it takes to the links on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 9:30 a.m.
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