- After winning the 49er Collegiate Classic, the Indiana men's golf team heads to Mason, Ohio for the Xavier Provident Invitational on Monday, Oct. 13 and Tuesday, Oct. 14. The team enters the event ranked eighth in the nation by Golfweek after winning back-to-back tournaments for the first time since 1987.
Junior Jeff Overton looks to win his fourth consecutive tournament, winning the individual titles at the Northern Intercollegiate, the Hoosier Invitational and the 49er Collegiate Classic. The Evansville, Ind., native set a new IU 54-hole school record with 199 (64-67-68) in addition to setting low single round school record (64) and setting a new 36-hole school scoring record (131).
Indiana University men's golf team will compete at the Xavier Provident Invitational, Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 13-14 in Mason, Ohio. The event will be held at the Golf Center at Kings Island. The course is setup as a par 71 with a yardage of 6,576 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, 20 other teams will participate in the tournament. Joining IU will be Akron, Ball State, Boston College, Bowling Green, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Michigan, Georgetown, Iowa, Marquette, Marshall, Ohio, Richmond, Saint Joseph's, Western Kentucky, William & Mary, Wisconsin, Wright State and Xavier.
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 school's five golfers determining a team's score.
The Hoosiers will send juniors Jeff Overton, Heath Peters and Mike Birkenfeld, senior Ryan Cassidy and sophomore Scott Seibert. The three juniors and Cassidy have participated in all nine Hoosier rounds this season while Seibert has played three rounds this fall.
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
"This is our fourth different lineup in four tournaments this fall with the addition of Seibert at the fifth position. We feel that we are a very deep team, and we have a number of players capable of playing well and contributing to our success. Obviously we have a lot of confidence in Scott, who played in almost every tournament last year as a freshman and has the sixth best freshman scoring average in school history.
"Overall we are coming off two big wins, and we need to keep our momentum going at Xavier. There are 21 teams in the field and anytime you face that many teams you know somebody is going to get hot against you. We will have to play well to be competitive with this field. On paper, host Xavier is probably the team to beat, but there are also numerous other teams to worry about including Eastern Kentucky, who won last week at Louisville, and Bowling Green, who won last week at Ball State."
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 EARNS SECOND TITLE
Entering the final round of the 49er Collegiate Classic trailing by five strokes, the Hoosiers stormed back with 279 for its second straight championship. Indiana finished with a three-round total of 842 (282-281-279), good for 22-under-par and a six-stroke victory.
On Sept. 27-28, IU set a new 54-hole school record shooting 837 (273-283-281) en route to winning the Hoosier Invitational. The two wins mark the first time IU has won back-to-back tournaments since 1987.
OVERTON WINS AGAIN
Coming off his first collegiate victories at the Northern Intercollegiate and Hoosier Invitational, Jeff Overton continued his incredible play with a nine-stroke victory at the 49er Collegiate Classic. The Evansville, Ind., broke three of his own school records at the event. Overton downed his 54-hole school record by four strokes with 199 in addition to setting a new 36-hole record (131) and a new single round record (65).
Overton won the Hoosier Invitational by five strokes with 203 (65-69-69) and won his first career collegiate title at the Northern with 207 (67-69-71).
CASSIDY ON A ROLL
Entering his senior season with something to prove, Ryan 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 fourth-career top 10, and his second consecutive top 10 finish after tying for eighth at the 49er Collegiate Classic with 212 (73-68-71).
Cassidy turned in his best performance of the season at the Hoosier Invitational with a tie for fifth place.
BIRKENFELD STEPPING UP
Entering the season without participating in an event at IU, 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 IU debut, the Evansville, Ind., native tied for 19th place with 220 (71-75-74) at the Northern Intercollegiate.
PETERS CONSISTENTLY GOOD
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.
At the 49er Collegiate Classic, the junior just missed his third straight top 10, finishing in 11th place with 214 (72-72-70). He has carded a 214 score in all three events this fall.
Dating back to last season, Peters has placed in the top 10 six times in his last 10 events.
HOOSIERS RANKED NO. 8
Golfstat and Golfweek rank Indiana fifth in their top 20 after the team's incredible start to the season. In Golfweek, the Hoosiers are ranked eighth in the country while Golfstat ranks IU 19th in the nation.
In both polls, the Hoosiers are the highest ranked Big Ten team.
OVERTON RANKED FOURTH
In Golfweek's individual rankings (as of Oct. 6), Jeff Overton sits as the fourth ranked golfer in the nation. He moved up from the fifth slot after taking the Hoosier Invitational title and remained in the fourth spot after his victory at the 49er Collegiate Classic. Here is a look at the top five collegiate golfers in the nation:
1) Brock MacKenzie - Washington
2) Billy Hurley - Navy
3) Bill Haas - Wake Forest
4) JEFF OVERTON - INDIANA
5) James Heath - Augusta State
After winning the Hoosier Invitational and 49er Collegiate Classic and finishing second at the Northern, the Hoosiers are off to their best start in the program's history. The last time an IU team placed as high in three consecutive events was the 1971-72 season when the Hoosiers captured three straight championships.
Indiana'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 rewrite the record books, breaking three of his own records at the 49er Collegiate Classic. His three-day tournament total of 199 broke his old Indiana record by four strokes. Meanwhile, he shot a school record 64 in the opening round and followed it up with a 67 in round two, breaking his 36-hole record with 131.
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 participated in his third-straight tournament at the 49er Collegiate Classic. Butwell finished tied for 46th place with rounds of 76-74-76.
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 in his first collegiate event at the Northern finishing the event with 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.