Hoosiers Head to Charlotte
b>Bloomington, Ind. - After winning the Hoosier Invitational by 33 strokes, the Indiana men's golf team heads to Charlotte for the 49er Collegiate Classic on Monday, Oct. 6 and Tuesday, Oct. 7. The team enters the event ranked fifth in the nation by Golfstat and Golfweek.
Junior Jeff Overton looks to win his third consecutive tournament, winning the individual titles at the Northern Intercollegiate and the Hoosier Invitational. The Evansville, Ind., native set a new IU 54-hole school record with 203 (65-69-69) in addition to equaling the 18-hole low single round school record (65) and setting a new 36-hole school scoring record (134).
Indiana University men's golf team will compete at the 49er Collegiate Classic, Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 6-7 in Charlotte, N.C. The event will be held at the Skybrook Golf Club. The course is setup as a par 72 with a yardage of 7,028 yards.
The event consists of three rounds, 36 holes played on Monday and the final 18 holes taking place on Tuesday. In addition to the Hoosiers, 11 other teams will participate in the tournament. Joining IU will be Campbell, Furman, Xavier, Marquette, Nebraska, East Carolina, Richmond, James Madison, William & Mary and Charlotte.
Tournament play begins Monday with continuous play in the first two rounds beginning with an 8:00 a.m. shotgun start. The final round will be an 8:00 a.m. shotgun start off of No. 1 and No. 10 on Sunday.
Scoring for the event will be five players, with the low four scores from each team for each round being counted. Players playing as individuals will not be counted toward the team score.
The Hoosiers will send a team of five players including juniors Jeff Overton, Heath Peters and Mike Birkenfeld, senior Ryan Cassidy and freshman David Butwell. All five of the IU golfers have played six rounds this season and participated in the Northern Intercollegiate and the Hoosier Invitational.
Complete tournament results will be made available on the web at IUHOOSIERS.com nightly and following the event. For more information, contact Jeff Keag at (812) 855-6209 or through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
QUOTING HEAD COACH Mike Mayer
"We are coming off a successful week with our victory at the Hoosier Invitational, and we are looking to continue our solid play at Charlotte. The 49er Collegiate Classic will offer us the opportunity to see a lot of teams we don't normally get a chance to compete against. It will also give us a rematch against a very good Xavier team, the only team to beat us to date. Although we don't at all know the golf course (Skybrook Golf Club), we are confident we can go down to North Carolina and contend for another championship.
"Jeff (Overton) continues to play exceptional golf, and we look for him to go for his third win of the season at Charlotte. Mike Birkenfeld established himself in the lineup for the fall in a big way with his second-place finish at the Hoosier Invitational. He is as tough a competitor as I've ever been associated with. Ryan Cassidy is a pleasant surprise for us this season. It's great to have a senior step up the way Ryan has this season."
HEAD COACH Mike Mayer
Mike Mayer begins his sixth 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.
It appears that Mayer is right on course, as he is coming off two of his most productive recruiting seasons during his tenure. Tremendous recruiting is what has propelled the Hoosiers out of the Big Ten Conference basement over the past two years.
The last two seasons, Mayer's newcomers have produced the first, fourth, fifth, and sixth-lowest freshman stroke averages in school history.
Mayer is quite familiar with IU, as he is an alum 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.
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.
ASSISTANT COACH Josh Brewer
Josh Brewer enters his second season as Indiana men's golf assistant coach after rejoining the Hoosier family on March 1 last season.
Brewer is not new to Indiana golf, as he played on the IU men's golf team from 1995-98. During his tenure at Indiana, the Brownstown, Ind., native carded a 76.33 stroke average over 139 rounds.
Mayer and Brewer certainly aren't strangers to one another, as Mayer served as an assistant coach to Sam Carmichael during Brewer's four-year playing career.
TEAM CAPTURES TITLE
In a dominant performance, the Hoosiers captured their first championship since the 2000 Legends Intercollegiate by winning the Hoosier Invitational by 33 strokes. IU set a new 54-hole school record shooting 837 (273-283-281) at the event.
Four Indiana players finished in the top 10 at the tournament. Jeff Overton took home the individual title defeating teammate and runner-up Mike Birkenfeld by five strokes. Ryan Cassidy finished tied for fifth and Heath Peters tied for seventh for the second time in as many weeks.
OVERTON WINS AGAIN
Coming off his first collegiate victory at the Northern Intercollegiate, Jeff Overton followed it up with a five-stroke victory at the Hoosier Invitational. The Evansville, Ind., native won the title by five strokes, setting a new IU 54-hole school record with 203 (65-69-69).
Overton also equaled the 18-hole low single round school record (65) and set a new 36-hole school scoring record (134).
BIRKENFELD STEPPING UP
Entering the season without playing a collegiate event, it was unknown what Mike Birkenfeld could contribute to the team. Thus far he has proved he has a lot to contribute. The junior finished second at the Hoosier Invitational, firing a 5-under-par 208 (71-68-69).
The previous week, in his collegiate debut, the Evansville, Ind., native tied for 19th place with 220 (71-75-74) at the Northern Intercollegiate.
BACK-TO-BACK TOP 10'S
Heath Peters finished tied for seventh place at the Hoosier Invitational, his ninth-career top 10 finish. The junior also finished tied for seventh the previous weekend at the Northern.
The Garrett, Ind., native finished the Hoosier Invitational with 214. IU's number two golfer opened with a first-round 69 before finishing 73-72.
Dating back to last season, Peters has placed in the top 10 six times in his last 10 events.
CASSIDY ON A ROLL
In addition to Birkenfeld, Ryan Cassidy has been a pleasant surprise for the Hoosiers. Entering his senior season with something to prove, Cassidy has done exactly that. Starting the season with a strong showing at the Northern, finishing tied for 27th (77-74-71), the Arlington Heights, Ill., native netted his third-career top 10, placing in a tie for fifth at the Hoosier Invitational.
Cassidy opened with a 68 in round one, coupled with rounds of 74 and 71 for his career-best finish.
HOOSIERS RANKED NO. 5
Golfstat and Golfweek rank Indiana fifth in the country after its incredible start to the season. The Hoosiers are the highest ranked Big Ten team in the polls. Here is a look at the rest of the top 5 in each poll:
1) Florida 1) TCU
2) TCU 2) Florida
3) California 3) Clemson
4) Clemson 4) USC
5) INDIANA 5) INDIANA
OVERTON RANKED FOURTH
In Golfweek's individual rankings (as of Oct. 1), Jeff Overton sits as the fourth ranked golfer in the nation. He moved up from the fifth slot after taking the Hoosier Invitational title. Here is a look at the top five collegiate golfers in the nation:
1) Brock MacKenzie - Washington
2) Billy Hurley - Navy
3) Aron Price - Ga. Southern
4) JEFF OVERTON - INDIANA
5) Bill Haas - Wake Forest
After winning the Hoosier Invitational and finishing second at the Northern, the Hoosiers are off to their best start since 1990. That season, IU opened with a victory at the UC/Johnny Bench Invitational and finished tied for second place at the Indiana Intercollegiate. The 1990 team followed those performances up with another second place finish at the Northern Intercollegiate in week three.
Last week's dominant performance at the Hoosier Invitational propelled this Hoosier team into the record books. As a team, IU broke the school's 54-hole scoring record by shooting 837 (273-283-281). Additionally, Indiana set a new 36-hole scoring record at 556 (273-283).
Jeff Overton continued to enter the record books, equaling two marks and setting another at the Hoosier Invitational. He matched the school's low single round mark with his first-round 65 and followed that up with a second-round 69, tying the 36-hole school record. His three-day tournament total of 203 broke the old Indiana record by one stroke.
OVERTON GOLFER OF WEEK
IU men's golf standout Jeff Overton was named GolfWorld Magazine's Golfer of the Week in its Sept. 26 issue. The junior earned the award after winning the Northern Intercollegiate Individual Championship on Sept. 21.
Freshman David Butwell will participate in his third-straight tournament at the 49er Collegiate Classic. The Southampton, England native carded his best finish this season at the Hoosier Invitational, ending the event tied for 19th (72-74-74), the sixth Hoosier finishing in the top 20 at the tournament.
Butwell competed as an individual at the Northern, his first collegiate event, sandwiching a solid round of 73 in between rounds of 76 and 80 for a three-round total of 229.
Sophomores Aaron Walters and Oren Hodak and freshman Tad Sacheck made their collegiate debuts at the Hoosier Invitational. Walters, the Bloomington, Ind., native flourished in the event placing in a tie for 19th with 220 (71-76-73).
Hodak, who was redshirted two years ago, opened the first two rounds of the event with a pair of 73s before closing with a final-round 79. His three-round total of 225 was good for a tie for 39th.
Sacheck, the Zionsville, Ind., native opened with a first-round 75 and closed the event with 235 (75-78-82).
IU sent 12 golfers on the course at the Hoosier Invitational. The Hoosiers split up ten golfers into a Crimson and Cream team and sent two golfers out as individuals. Here is how the team fared:
1) Jeff Overton 203 (65-69-69)
2) Mike Birkenfeld 208 (71-68-69)
T5) Ryan Cassidy 213 (68-74-71)
T7) Heath Peters 214 (69-73-72)
T39) Oren Hodak 225 (73-73-79)
T19) David Butwell 220 (72-74-74)
T19) Aaron Walters 220 (71-76-73)
T39) Rob Ockenfuss 225 (77-75-73)
T52) Brad Marek 228 (77-76-75)
T64) Scott Seibert 231 (74-79-78)
T70) Kirk Wood 233 (75-76-82)
T75) Tad Sacheck 235 (75-78-82)
BIG TEN PREVIEW
Indiana's performance at the Northern Intercollegiate bodes well for the team at the Big Ten Championship. The event is referred to as the "Big Ten Preview" because it is played on the course that will host the Big Ten Championship (University of Michigan Golf Course).
Jeff Overton captured his first collegiate title with his two-shot victory at the event and IU finished second behind Xavier with a three-round score of 863.
The Hoosiers finished ahead of the other six Big Ten teams in the field and finished 11 strokes ahead of third place Ohio State.
OVERTON'S SUMMER SUCCESS
Jeff Overton not only competed, but contended at several of the top amateur tournaments in the United States this summer. The All-American candidate won the Indiana State Amateur Championship by 12 strokes, shooting a course record 64 in the final round.
Three weeks later, Overton earned medalist honors at the U.S. Public Links Championship. The junior tied a USGA 36-hole record at 10-under-par 132, winning the title by seven shots.
OVERTON BREAKS IU RECORD
Jeff Overton completed a spectacular six rounds of qualifying prior to the Northern. In his fifth round, he fired a 62, a new IU Golf Course record. The Evansville, Ind., native shot a six-under-par 30 on the front-nine followed by a three-under-par 32 on the back. He finished with 10 birdies and one bogey in the round.
SHAUN MICHEEL WINS PGA
On August 17, former Hoosier All-American Shaun Micheel captured the season's final major, the PGA Championship, at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.
Leading by one-shot heading into the 72nd hole of the tournament, Micheel hit what will go down as one of the greatest shots in PGA Championship history. Sitting 174 yards from the pin in the first cut of rough, he dropped a 7-iron within three inches, leaving him a tap-in for birdie and his first career victory on the PGA Tour.
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