Overton Leads, Hoosiers Tied for Second
Charlotte, N.C. - Junior men's golfer Jeff Overton fired a school record 64 in the opening round of the 49er Collegiate Classic and followed it up with a 67 in round two on his way to a four-shot lead heading into the final round. The Evansville, Ind., product sits at 13-under-par and set a new IU 18-hole scoring record (64) and broke his 36-hole record he set last week with 131.
"Jeff Overton continues to be very, very impressive," said head coach Mike Mayer. "He just came out with all the confidence in the world in a great opening round of 64. He is playing with so much maturity and patience. You just have to take a step back and enjoy what he is doing right now."
Overall, the Hoosiers are tied for second place with 563 (282-281), five shots behind Xavier and tied with Furman. IU is looking for back-to-back wins after capturing the Hoosier Invitational title two weekends ago by 33 strokes.
"We did not finish the first round like we needed to," said Mayer. "After Jeff's round, we were in position to do a lot better. In the second round, we played well. Ryan Cassidy's performance helped us out."
Overton, the fourth-ranked golfer in the nation, heads into the third and final round looking for his third collegiate victory and his third victory in as many tries this season.
In addition to Overton, senior Ryan Cassidy followed up an opening round 73 with a second-round 68. The Arlington Heights, Ill., native finished strong with a pair of birdies on the final two holes.
Junior Heath Peters continued his steady play with a pair of 72s, while freshman David Butwell finished with 150 (76-74). Rounding out the Hoosiers lineup was junior Mike Birkenfeld, who ended the day with 151 (73-78).
IU tees off at 8:15 a.m. CST, Tuesday morning in its quest to catch Xavier, the only team that has finished ahead of the Hoosiers this season at the Northern Intercollegiate.
"We are five shots back of a very good Xavier team," said Mayer. "We have to come out and be aggressive and patient at the same time. We need to get off to a good, solid start and make some birdies and see what we can do."
1) Jeff Overton 131 (64-67)
T11) Ryan Cassidy 141 (73-68)
T25) Heath Peters 144 (72-72)
T43) David Butwell 150 (76-74)
47) Mike Birkenfeld 220 (73-78)
1) Xavier 558 (275-283)
2) INDIANA 563 (282-281)
2) Furman 563 (292-271)
4) Charlotte 569 (287-282
5) Davidson 574 (284-290)
T5) Nebraska 574 (290-284)
7) Richmond 576 (300-276)
8) East Carolina 577 (287-290)
9) Campbell 579 (297-282)
10) James Madison 589 (287-302)
11) Marquette 603 (304-299)
12) William & Mary 610 (307-303)
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