Overton Tied for Ninth in Final Stage at Q-School
Nov. 30, 2005
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. - In the opening round of the final stage at Q-School, former Indiana men's golf standout Jeff Overton (2002-05) carded a 4-under-par 68 to put himself into a tie for ninth place on Wednesday, Nov. 30. The final stage of the PGA Tour's National Qualifying Tournament consists of six rounds being played at the Panther Lake and Crooked Cat Golf Courses at Orange County National.
The field consists of 166 players, including 22 players who have won a total of 50 PGA Tour events- highlighted by former Masters champion Larry Mize and seven-time winner Bill Glasson. Blaine McCallister and Dan Forsman each have won five times on Tour, while Notah Begay III has four titles and Steve Stricker three.
Only the low 30 scores and ties at the end of the tournament earn Tour cards with the next number of players nearest to 50 will have fully exempt membership on the Nationwide Tour. The remaining players who have made it to the final stage of Q-school will have conditionally exempt status on the Nationwide Tour.
Along with Overton, former Hoosiers Dan Olsen (1986-89) and Steve Wheatcroft (1998-01) are in the field. Olsen battled to a 1-over 73 at Panther Lake and resides in a share of 91st place, while Wheatcroft closed with a 5-over-par 77 at Panther Lake and is tied for 152nd.
However, the IU story of the day was the play of Overton. Starting on the back nine on Crooked Cat, the Evansville, Ind., native bogeyed No. 12 before finishing 1-under on the back with birdies at the par-5 14th and 17th holes. An eagle at the par-5 opening hole put Overton at 3-under, and in the midst of closing his round with seven pars, he netted a birdie at the par-4 fifth hole.
Overton shares the ninth position with six other golfers, and they all are chasing Michael Allen. Allen posted an 8-under 64 at Panther Lake, two shots better than Greg Kraft, Gavin Coles, Ryan Hietala and Franklin Langham.
The second round of the final stage commences Thursday morning (Dec. 1) at the Panther Lake and Crooked Cat Golf Courses at Orange County National. Click here to follow round two live.
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