Overton, Olsen Hanging Tough at Q-School
Dec. 3, 2005
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. - Former Indiana men's golfer Jeff Overton (2002-05) carded a 2-over-par 74 in the fourth round of the final stage at Q-School on Dec. 3. Overton dropped into a share of 39th place with a pair of rounds remaining, holding a 72-hole total of 282.
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. 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.
Overton played the difficult Panther Lake, where he netted a 1-under 71 in the second round. The Evansville, Ind., product has scored well on Crooked Cat with a 4-under 68 in round one and a 3-under 69 in round two, and he will try and take advantage of the course once again in round five.
Despite struggling to a 74, Overton is only two shots behind the cutline for a Tour card. Two golfers who did not struggle at Panther Lake were Michael Allen and D.A. Points. Both men enter the fifth round at 16-under par after posting a 69 and 66, respectively, on the fourth 18.
Meanwhile, former Hoosier Dan Olsen (1986-89) continued his push up the leaderboard, posting a 4-under 68 at Crooked Cat. On the heels of a 5-under 67 in round three, Olsen used his 68 to move into a tie for 52nd place at 283 (73-75-67-68). He has moved up 76 spots the past two days to get back into contention for a Tour card.
In addition to Overton and Olsen, former IU stalwart Steve Wheatcroft (1998-01) shot an even-par 72, also playing Crooked Cat. Wheatcroft sits in a share of 119th entering round five.
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 and Olsen continue their quest into the top 30 in the fifth round of the final stage on Dec. 4 at the Panther Lake and Crooked Cat Golf Courses at Orange County National. Click here to follow round five live.
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