Hoosiers Bounce Back After Disappointing First Round
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Indiana University men's golf team opened up the Wolverine Invitational Saturday in a fashion that they have actually been trying to avoid. The Hoosiers fired a 295 in the first round placing them eighth, but rebounded with a 287 in the second round to finish tied for fifth overall.
In each of the Hoosiers' three tournaments so far, IU has managed to card one round that is uncharacteristically high for the Indiana squad. Although IU has stumbled in each of its tournaments, the Hoosiers are quick to get going again, as Saturday was no different.
"We put our backs up against the wall after that first round today," said Indiana head coach Mike Mayer. "We continue to put ourselves in these positions where it's tough to battle back. But we fought hard in the second round and recorded a reasonable score. We'll just have to continue to play the way we are capable of playing to be in contention tomorrow."
Leading the way for Indiana was sophomore Jeff Overton. The Evansville, Ind., native has led the Hoosiers all year, and did so Saturday as he carded a 142 (72-70) to finish day one at even-par.
"Jeff played well for us today, but he continues to miss opportunities on the course and leave shots out there," Mayer said. "Jeff is a young man that is steadily improving and playing like a leader should."
If Overton is a young man, then he has a little rascal on his tail. Freshman Scott Seibert established himself Saturday with a pair of 72s, placing him tied for 16th, 2-over-par. The 5-7 Chesterfield, Mo., native struggled to a 56th-place finish in his collegiate debut last weekend at the Northern Intercollegiate in Bloomington, Ind.
"Scott played very steady today and for a freshman, it's amazing how well he knows his game and what it takes to be a top-college player," Mayer said. "He showed a lot of poise and I'm pleased with his performance."
Mayer also noted that the team needs better performances out of senior Ben Davidson, sophomore Heath Peters, and freshman Brad Marek. The trio fired first round scores of 74, 78 and 81, respectively.
Davidson shot a pair of 74s to place tie for 34th, while Peters recorded a 150 (78-72) and is tied for 47th. Marek rebounded in the second round with a 73 and sits tied for 69th at 154.
Although all three Hoosiers maintained or bettered their second rounds, low-score consistency is what Mayer says this team needs from them.
"We cannot have these guys shoot high numbers like this," said the Hoosier coach. "All three of them are back in the pack in this competitive field. We will need to have some low numbers from them tomorrow to make a move."
Currently, Michigan State is leading the Wolverine Invitational with 569, followed by Xavier with 570. Miami (Ohio) is in third with 573; Eastern Michigan is fourth at 580; and the Hoosiers and St. John's follow with 583 in fifth.
Indiana concludes the tournament tomorrow with tee-times beginning at 8:00 a.m.
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