Overton Halfway Home in Final Stage at Q-School
Dec. 2, 2005
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. - Three rounds down, three rounds to go as former Indiana men's golf standout Jeff Overton (2002-05) attempts to gain his PGA Tour card in his first attempt at Q-School. Overton remained in a share of seventh place after firing a 3-under-par 69 on Dec. 2. The Evansville, Ind., native sits 8-under-par through 54 holes following rounds of 68 and 71 on days one and two, respectively.
The PGA Tour's National Qualifying Tournament's final stage consists of six rounds being played at the Panther Lake and Crooked Cat Golf Courses at Orange County National. Overton returned to Crooked Cat, where he sparkled with his 4-under in the opening round, and produced five birdies en route to his 69.
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.
Starting at No. 10, the 2005 Big Ten champion went to work on the par-4 11th and 12th holes, collecting a pair of birdies to jump out of the gates. A bogey at No. 13 slowed his momentum only momentarily as he recorded a birdie at the par-5 14th and closed out his frontside with four pars to make the turn at 2-under-par.
On his back nine, the 2005 Walker Cup hero tallied two more birdies on the par-5 first and fourth holes with the second one coming after a bogey at No. 3. Overton went on to close out his afternoon with five more pars to maintain his spot in the top 10 through day three of the grueling qualifier.
Michael Allen completed day three with a 1-under-par 71 and walked in the clubhouse as the leader for the third straight round. Allen owns a 13-under 203 (64-68-71) entering the fourth day.
Overton wasn't the only former Hoosier in red numbers on the round. Dan Olsen (1986-89) made a strong push up the leaderboard with a 5-under 67 on Panther Lake. Opening the day in a tie for 128th place, Olsen leaped over nearly 60 golfers and sits in a share of 69th at 215 (73-75-67).
It also appeared Steve Wheatcroft (1998-01) was on his way to a low round. Wheatcroft had it at 5-under during his round with the help of a hole-in-one on the par-3 11th hole, but he struggled to 5-over the final five holes to finish at even-par 72, which puts him in a tie for 111th with a 218 (77-69-72) 54-hole total.
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.
Overton looks to inch closer to securing a Tour card in the fourth round of the final stage on Dec. 3 at the Panther Lake and Crooked Cat Golf Courses at Orange County National. Click here to follow round four live.
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