A Look Back: 2004 Xavier Invitational
Oct. 6, 2005
With the Indiana men's golf team looking for its third straight title at the Xavier Invitational, IUHOOSIERS.com is taking a look back at the last year's event. In 2004 the Hoosiers scored a 21-shot victory, and Jeff Overton carded his second straight win at the event behind a scintillating final-round 61.
This season's tournament event will take place on Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 10-11, in Loveland, Ohio. Xavier will host the event at the Oasis Golf Club. The course is set up as a par 72 with a yardage of 6,921.
LOVELAND, Ohio - Last year Jeff Overton rewrote the Indiana record book, this year he is taking aim at the NCAA record book. The senior All-American candidate fired an 11-under-par 61 in the final round of the Xavier Invitational, earning medalist honors, and leading the IU men's golf team to its first victory of the season.
"The weather was good and the greens were perfect," Overton said. "I hit the ball real well and knocked down a lot of putts. I was in a complete zone. I just tried to hit the best shots I possibly could. It was one of those days. After I birdied the first hole, I kept making birdies and sinking putts."
Overton's round (11 birdies, one eagle) is the second-lowest round in NCAA history behind three golfers who have shot 60, including PGA Tour members Paul Casey and Bryce Molder and former Washington standout Brock Mackenzie.
"Jeff's round was unbelievable to witness. He started out making two birdies and did not stop. You could see he was going to do something special. Then he birdied the final hole for a great, climatic finish. It was a truly great round of golf and a truly great tournament for Jeff," Indiana head coach Mike Mayer said.
With today's round, Overton carded a new 54-hole IU record at 24-under-par 192 following rounds of 65 and 66 on day one. He shattered his old mark of 199 set at the 2003 49er Collegiate Classic. The Evansville, Ind., native now has six career titles after winning five tournaments last year.
"You don't think about shooting a 61 when you are teeing off," Overton said. "I just got going and fed off Heath Peters. Whenever we play together, we just feed off each other and make each other play better."
And play better they did. Peters finished in second place with a 13-under-par 203, the fourth-lowest total in the program's history and a new personal best for the Garrett, Ind., product. Coming on the heels of a pair of 67s in the first two rounds, Peters closed the tournament with a 69.
Peters' second-place finish is the first of his career and his second-best career finish. He captured medalist honors at the 2003 Johnny Owens Invitational. Peters now has 15 career top 10s after his first top 10 this season.
"Heath had an outstanding tournament from start to finish. We were looking for a big tournament from Heath, and he gave it to us. Heath really delivered big time for us with his best scoring tournament ever," Mayer said.
Overton and Peters not only led the Hoosiers to their first title this season, but also their second consecutive championship at the Xavier Invitational. IU closed the event with a new school record of 30-under-par 834 (281-274-279), good for a 21-shot advantage over Saint Mary's (Calif.) and Wisconsin.
Indiana has recorded five team titles in the last two seasons and won back-to-back tournaments at the same event for the first time since winning consecutive Big Ten Championships in 1974 and '75.
In addition to the Hoosiers top two golfers, freshman Santiago Quirarte turned in his best tournament this season. The Queretaro, Mexico, native finished tied for 18th with 216 (75-68-73). His finish, 54-hole total and 68 are all season bests.
Joining Quirarte in 18th place was junior Scott Seibert. Playing as an individual in his second tournament of the season, Seibert ended the event with a final-round 74. Seibert's 216 total matches his low 54-hole record, which he shot at the 2002 Wolverine Invitational.
"This was a good, solid tournament for Santiago. It wasn't easy out there today, and he really stepped up along with Scott. We challenged Scott to a top-20 finish and now he has qualified for our next event," Mayer said.
Rounding out the Hoosier lineup, junior Brad Marek tied for 53rd with 224 (74-73-77), and junior Aaron Walters finished with 228 (77-75-76).
"This was our tournament to win, and we went out there and did it. I could not be more proud of this entire team. It was just a great performance," Mayer said.
Up next, Indiana looks to continue its winning ways at the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge on Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 25-26. The event pits the top seven teams from each conference competing against each other at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore. Bandon Dunes was ranked third on Golf Magazine's Top 100 Golf Courses to Play list behind Pinehurst and Pebble Beach.
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