IU tied for fifth at Northern
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - It was certainly an odd day for the weather and the Indiana University men's golf team as the Hoosiers hosted the first round of the Northern Intercollegiate on Saturday.
After a two-hour fog delay, the Hoosiers still appeared lost on the golf course as Indiana open with an uncharacteristic 11-over-par 295. The sun then began to shed light on the Indiana University Golf Course while doing the same to the Hoosier squad. IU turned first-round bogeys and double-bogeys into pars and birdies in the second round. And as the horns blew at 6:20 p.m. postponing play due to darkness, the Hoosiers hope suddenly looked as brighter as ever.
Placing as high as 14th in the 16-team field at one point in the first round, the Hoosiers stormed back in the second round and currently sit tied for fifth place overall. Indiana is 4-under-par in its second round.
The majority of teams have four holes remaining in their second round.
Play will resume at 8:30 a.m. Sunday and golfers will continue into their third round until play is complete. The players will remain in the same threesomes that they played in today.
Illinois currently leads the tournament after a 4-under-par 280 first round. Xavier is second with 282 and defending national champion Minnesota is third with 281.
"We didn't get off to a very good start today, and that's the last thing you can afford to do with a talented field like this," said Indiana head coach Mike Mayer. "We've been shooting some very low numbers on our home course so seeing our first round score was shocking. Jeff Overton really had a gutsy performance for us today."
The Evansville, Ind., sophomore led the Hoosiers Saturday carding a first-round 2-under-par 69. Overton is currently in third place overall and is 4-under-par in his second round with three holes to play.
Overton's classmate Heath Peters fired a 74 in the first round and was followed by senior Mike Miller and freshman Scott Seibert with 76 each.
By far the shot of the day, occurred on young Seibert's first collegiate golf hole played. After placing his drive some 100-yards out on No. 3, the Chesterfield, Mo., native holed out for the tournament's lone eagle. There were no jumps-for-joy or high-fives for that matter-Seibert cleaned off his club, placed it in his bag, and simply walked to the green and took the ball out of the hole-a maturity level that is almost eerie for a freshman to have.
Another freshman that is making his case is Brad Marek. The Arlington Heights, Ill., native was a late addition to not only the Northern Intercollegiate lineup, but the team in general.
Also playing in his first collegiate tournament, Marek carded a 3-over-par 74 in his first round and is currently 2-under-par in his second 18. Marek, who is participating as an individual, meaning that his score will not count towards the Hoosiers' team score, is tied for 17th overall at +1. He currently stands the second highest ranked Hoosier.
Indiana will conclude its second round and the final round of the Northern Intercollegiate Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Follow all the results on IUHOOSIERS.com, as Indiana will continue live scoring throughout the tournament.
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