Men's Golf

    Hoosiers Look To Conclude Fall Season With Win

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    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!

    • Indiana holds the second-best 18-hole score for the tournament with a 7-under-par 277 set in 1998.

    • IU shot 872 (291-292-289) last year, placing seventh in the 19-team field.

    • Of the five Hoosiers competing last year, only two of the 15 total scores were above 75.

    Best IU Team 18
    277, 1998
    Best IU Team 36
    564, 1998
    Best IU Team 54
    870, 1998
    Best IU Team Finish
    2nd, 1998
    Best IU Ind. 18
    65, B. Landry, 1998
    Best IU Ind. 36
    135, B. Landry, 1998
    Best IU Ind. 54
    209, S. Wheatcroft, 2000
    Best IU Ind. Finish
    1st, S. Wheatcroft, 2000

    Tournament Information
    The Indiana University men's golf team will compete in its fifth and final tournament of the fall this week at the Xavier Provident Invitational in Mason, Ohio.

    The event will be held on October 14-15, and will feature 18 teams, including the Hoosiers.

    Competing in the Xavier Provident Invitational along with the Hoosiers are Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Michigan, Georgetown, Iowa, Marshall, Michigan, Ohio, Penn State, Richmond, Saint Joseph's, Western Kentucky, Wright State and host Xavier.

    The 54-hole tournament is slated for a shotgun start on Monday for 8:30 a.m. and 36 holes of play. The final round on Tuesday will be at 8:30 a.m., also as a shotgun start.

    The Grizzly Tournament Course at the Golf Center at Kings Island will be par 71 and 6,550 yards.

    Tournament Results
    Golfstat will feature LIVE SCORING at the event. Results can be linked to by going to
    Complete tournament results will be made available on the web at following the event. Results can be viewed and printed out by choosing the Men's Golf link from the main menu. For more information, contact Jeff Smith at (812) 855-6209 or through e-mail at

    The Starting Five
    Competing for Indiana at the Xavier Provident Invitational will be seniors Ben Davidson and Aldo Jordan, sophomores Jeff Overton and Heath Peters, and freshman Scott Seibert.

    "Quoting" the Coach
    Indiana Coach Mike Mayer...
    "This is the biggest field we have competed in all fall, and it includes some very good teams. With this tournament being played on Monday and Tuesday, we were able to get a little more practice time in, which I think proved very beneficial to us.

    "This course has always been a layout that we've scored really well on. We finished second as a team in 1998 and had an individual champion in 2000.

    "I look for us to be very competitive in the event. We have five players who I think can put together the scores to win."

    Hoosiers to Watch
    Sophomore Jeff Overton has finished in the top 15 in his first four events this year. In his last two events, Overton placed in the top five. After a fourth-place 207 (69-67-71) finish at the Northern, Overton finished fifth at the Wolverine Invitational at even-par (72-70-71).

    Senior Aldo Jordan has faced quite a lot of adversity this fall, but has proven to Mayer that he is ready again for competition. Don't be surprised if Jordan is among the top-two Hoosier finishers in the event.

    Freshman Scott Seibert will be back in the lineup for Xavier Invitational. Seibert finished 3-over-par after a trio of 72s at the Wolverine Invitational. That 10th-place finish came on the heels of his first tournament, the Northern Intercollegiate, where he holed out from 130 yards for an eagle on his very first hole. He finished the event tied for 56th with a 222 (76-72-74).

    Freshmen Debuts
    Indiana freshmen Scott Seibert and Brad Marek each made their collegiate debut at the Northern Intercollegiate two weeks ago.
    Seibert holed out for an eagle on his first hole of his collegiate career en route to a 222 (76-72-74), 56th-place finish.
    Marek, who competed as an individual, tied for 28th with a 217 (74-71-72) in the event.

    Seibert Noted on
    Freshman Scott Seibert's eagle on his very first collegiate hole has gained recognition from the writers at last week.
    In Lance Ringler's Thursday column Around Campus, Seibert talks about his eagle from 130 yards with a pitching wedge.

    Back In The 60s
    Throughout the first three tournaments this year, Indiana has recorded many scores below par.

    The Wolverine Invitational marked the first time this fall that a Hoosier did not card a round in the 60s.

    Jeff Overton recorded a 69 at the Badger Invitational and Ben Davidson fired a 67 at the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational. Overton carded rounds of 67 and 69 at the Northern Intercollegiate, while in the same event, Heath Peters carded a final round 68.

    Starting To Come Around
    The Hoosiers' Northern Intercollegiate team score of 860 marked the sixth-lowest 54-hole round IU has shot in school history.
    Indiana stormed its home course with rounds of 295-282-283 to finish tied for fifth.

    At the Badger Invitational last month, the Hoosiers, whether as a team or individual, broke par in each of the three rounds.

    Senior Aldo Jordan fired a 2-under-par 70 in the first round, which was equaled by classmate Ben Davidson in the second round. Sophomore Jeff Overton fired a final round 3-under-par 69 to lead the Hoosiers to a 2-under-par 286 team score.

    Indiana bettered its performance at the Yestingsmeier Invitational with its first two rounds of 282 and 283.

    At the Northern Intercollegiate two weeks ago, all three rounds saw a host of Hoosiers under par, while the second and third rounds saw IU card rounds of 282 and 283.

    The final round of the Yestingsmeier Invitational is the lone occasion in nine rounds, where neither an IU individual or a team score has been under par.

    New Faces, Familiar Places
    This year's Indiana squad features many newcomers that hail from the same hometowns as current IU golfers. Newcomer Mike Birkenfeld and Jeff Overton are both from Evansville, Ind. and Evansville North H.S. Likewise, two other newcomers, sophomore Aaron Walters and freshman Joe Miller both played high school golf at Bloomington South in Bloomington, Ind.

    Freshman Brad Marek also hails from the same hometown as junior Ryan Cassidy, Arlington Heights, Ill.

    The Man in Charge
    Head Coach Mike Mayer begins his fifth 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, and nearly accomplished that feat by contending for the title last season.

    It appears that Mayer is right on course, as he is coming off his most productive recruiting season during his tenure.

    Mayer is quite familiar with IU, as he is an alum of the university 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.
    As he continues his coaching career, he is looking to elevate the Indiana golf program to the highest level and has put a strong emphasis on recruiting in an effort to bring the best players to IU.

    "Obviously we were very pleased with the immediate impact our freshmen made last year," said Mayer of the 2001-02 class that Golfstat ranked eighth in the nation. "Jeff (Overton) was our scoring leader and Heath (Peters) was right behind him. Having two freshmen at top of your lineup certainly bodes well for the future.

    Mayer, a 1975 graduate of Jennings County High School, obtained degrees in journalism and English literature from Indiana in 1987, and went on to receive his master's degree in sport management from IU in 1998.

    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.




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