Overton No. 1 Golfer in the Country|
Bloomington, Ind. - After a dominant and record-breaking fall season, Indiana men's golf standout Jeff Overton is ranked as the top collegiate golfer in the country. In the latest Golfstat rankings, the All-America candidate appears at the top of the rankings, almost a full stroke ahead of the second-ranked golfer.
"We are very proud and happy for Jeff," said head coach Mike Mayer. "He is our team captain, and he led the way in so many different categories this fall. He has worked very hard, and he definitely deserves the recognition."
Overton kicked off the fall season with his first of four consecutive individual titles in as many events at the Northern Intercollegiate. He fired a final round even-par 71 and three-round score of six-under-par, holding off Xavier's Neal Grusczynski for his first collegiate championship.
After winning the event, Overton was named GolfWorld Magazine's Golfer of the Week in its Sept. 26 issue.
The Evansville, Ind., native continued his torrid pace the following weekend at the Hoosier Invitational, capturing the individual title by five shots at 10-under-par and setting a new Indiana individual 54-hole record with 203 (65-69-69). Additionally, Overton's performance saw him equal the 18-hole low single round school record (65) and saw him set a new 36-hole school scoring record (134).
At the 49er Collegiate Classic the following weekend, Overton, broke the school's 54-hole record he set the previous week (199), closing with a final round 68 en route to his third consecutive championship. The junior finished the tournament 17-under-par and downed runners-up Matt Davidson from Furman and Matt Mince from Charlotte by nine strokes. In the event, IU's number one golfer also shot a school record 64 in the opening round and followed it up with a 67 in round two, breaking his 36-hole record he at the Hoosier Invitational with 131.
Closing out the fall season in style, Overton fired a pair of 65s in the first two rounds of the 36-hole Xavier Invitational, defeating Marquette's Michael Bielawski by three strokes for his fourth title of the season.
Overton scored in the 60s in 10 of his 11 rounds this season. His scoring average for the season is 67.18, and his scoring average in his last eight rounds is 66.5
"Jeff had a tremendous fall season," said Mayer. "He was in the 60s ten out of the 11 rounds he played. He got better and better each tournament and more confident and hungry each week."
In addition to his individual success, Overton led the team to its most successful fall in recent memory. The Hoosiers did something that has not been done since the 1974-75 season - win three straight tournaments. After finishing second at the Northern Intercollegiate, the 22nd-ranked Indiana squad won its final three events of the season, garnering titles at the Hoosier Invitational, the 49er Collegiate Classic and the Xavier Invitational.
IU now takes a few months off before opening its spring schedule February 16-17 at the UCF/Rio Pinar Intercollegiate in Orlando, Fla. The Hoosiers will return to the course ranked in the top 25 in the nation, while Jeff Overton continues his quest to become the school's 14th All-American.
"We will help Jeff become even better this winter," said Mayer. "When we begin the spring in Florida, he'll pick up right where he left off this fall."
OVERTON'S FALL SUPERLATIVES
- 18-hole low single round school record (64)
- 36-hole low single round school record (130)
- 54-hole low single round school record (199)
- Four consecutive individual titles
- GolfWorld Magazine's Golfer of the Week
- 10 of 11 rounds in the 60s
- 67.18 stroke average in 11 rounds
- 66.5 stroke average in last eight rounds