Men's Golf

    IU Prepares for Wolverine Invite

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!
    Tournament Notes

    • Hoosiers placed third in a 20-team field last year in this event.

    • Indiana has competed in the event 10 times and has won just once, back in 1981.

    • IU has only placed in the top three a total of three times (1st in '81 and 3rd in '95 and '01).

    Best IU Team 18
    283, 1998
    Best IU Team 36
    580, 1998
    Best IU Team 54
    866, 1998
    Best IU Team Finish
    1st, 1981
    Best IU Ind. 18
    65, R. Leen, 1998
    Best IU Ind. 36
    137, S. Micheel, 1991
    Best IU Ind. 54
    207, R. Leen, 1998
    Best IU Ind. Finish
    T-2nd, R. Leen, 1998


    Tournament Information
    The Indiana University men's golf team will compete in its fourth tournament of the fall this weekend at the Wolverine Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich.

    The event will be held on October 5-6, and will feature 17 team, including the Hoosiers.

    Competing in the Wolverine Invitational along with the Hoosiers is Ball State, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Michigan, IUPUI, Iowa, Miami (Ohio), Michigan, Michigan State, UNC-Greensboro, Ohio, Ohio Wesleyan, Seton Hall, St. John's, William & Mary, Wisconsin and Xavier.

    The 54-hole tournament is slated for a shotgun start on Saturday for 8:30 a.m. and 36 holes of play. The final round on Sunday will be at 8:00 a.m. with tee-times off of No. 1 and No. 10 tees.

    The course will be par 71 and 6,700 yards.

    Tournament Results
    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 jepsmith@indiana.edu.

    The Starting Five
    Competing for Indiana at the Wolverine Invitational will be senior Ben Davidson, sophomores Jeff Overton and Heath Peters, and freshmen Scott Seibert and Brad Marek.

    "Quoting" the Coach
    Indiana Coach Mike Mayer...
    "The University of Michigan has a very tough golf course that demands a lot of good shots around the greens. If the weather is nice, low numbers will be seen this weekend. Right now, I think Michigan State is probably the favorite going in, but we're very confident about our team. It has been tough tying three good rounds together, but our team has shown that we're not going to quit. I expect us to play very well at Michigan."

    Hoosiers to Watch
    Freshman Brad Marek has earned a spot in the lineup from his individual performance last week at the Northern Intercollegiate. Marek tied for 28th with a 217 (74-71-72).

    Sophomore Jeff Overton has finished in the top 15 in his first three events this year. Coming off a fourth-place 207 (69-67-71) finish at the Northern, Overton also placed tied for 14th in his first two tournaments. He currently leads the team in scoring with a six-round 71.00 average.

    Sophomore Heath Peters is coming off his career low round of 68 and 54-hole round of 215, which he fired in the final round of the Northern this past weekend.

    After competing in his first collegiate event at the Northern this past weekend, freshman Scott Seibert will be back in the lineup for the Wolverine Invitational. Seibert began his career with fireworks as he holed out from 130 yards for an eagle on his very first hole. He finished the event tied for 56th with a 222 (76-72-74).

    Freshmen Debuts
    Indiana freshmen Scott Seibert and Brad Marek each made their collegiate debut at the Northern Intercollegiate this past weekend. Both Hoosiers performed well enough to be added to the Wolverine Invitational this weekend. Seibert holed out for an eagle on his first hole of his collegiate career en route to a 222 (76-72-74), 56th-place finish. Marek, who competed as an individual, tied for 28th with a 217 (74-71-72) in the event.

    Seibert Noted on Golfweek.com
    Freshman Scott Seibert's eagle on his very first collegiate hole has gained recognition from the writers at Golfweek.com this week. In Lance Ringler's Thursday column Around Campus, Seibert talks about his eagle from 130 yards with a pitching wedge.

    Back In The 60s
    Throughout the first three tournaments this year, Indiana has recorded many scores below par.

    In each of the tournaments this year, a Hoosier has carded a round in the 60s. Jeff Overton recorded a 69 at the Badger Invitational and Ben Davidson fired a 67 at the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational. Overton carded rounds of 67 and 69 at the Northern Intercollegiate, while in the same event, Heath Peters carded a final round 68.

    Starting To Come Around
    The Hoosiers' Northern Intercollegiate team score of 860 marked the sixth-lowest 54-hole round IU has shot in school history. Indiana stormed its home course with rounds of 295-282-283 to finish tied for fifth.

    Par-Breakers
    At the Badger Invitational last month, the Hoosiers, whether as a team or individual, broke par in each of the three rounds. Senior Aldo Jordan fired a 2-under-par 70 in the first round, which was equaled by classmate Ben Davidson in the second round. Sophomore Jeff Overton fired a final round 3-under-par 69 to lead the Hoosiers to a 2-under-par 286 team score. Indiana bettered its performance at the Yestingsmeier Invitational with its first two rounds of 282 and 283.

    At the Northern Intercollegiate last weekend, all three rounds saw a host of Hoosiers under par, while the second and third rounds saw IU card rounds of 282 and 283.

    The final round of the Yestingsmeier Invitational is the lone occasion in nine rounds, where neither an IU individual or a team score has been under par.

    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.

    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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