Overton Nears Tour Card, Olsen Still in Hunt at Q-School
Dec. 4, 2005
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. - Needing a strong performance to position himself for a run at a PGA Tour card, former Indiana men's golf standout Jeff Overton (2002-05) did not disappoint in the fifth round of the final stage at Q-School on Dec. 4. Overton posted a 4-under par 68 to move into a tie for 31st place entering the sixth and final round on Dec. 5.
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's 68 at Crooked Cat gives him a 10-under-par 350 through five rounds. The Evansville, Ind., native posted a 68, 71, 69 and 74 in the first four rounds. The 2005 Big Ten champion is one stroke behind the cutline for a Tour card and will get the opportunity to make up that stroke at Panther Lake in the sixth round. Overton netted a 71 at Panther Lake in round two and a 74 at the course in round four.
John B. Holmes and D.A. Points lead the qualifier with 21-under-par totals of 339. The leader after each of the first four rounds, Michael Allen, trails the co-leaders by three shots and sits in third place.
Along with Overton, former Hoosier Dan Olsen (1986-89) jumped 10 more spots and is only three strokes behind the cutline following a 3-under 69 in the fifth round at Panther Lake. Olsen compiled his third straight sub-70 round and is 8-under-par overall (73-75-67-68-69) and tied for 42nd. After sharing 128th place through two rounds, Olsen has played his last 54 holes in 12-under and moved up 86 spots.
Rounding out the former IU contingent, Steve Wheatcroft carded a 1-under 71 playing Panther Lake. Wheatcroft shares 114th with a 361 (77-69-72-72-71).
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 look to secure their Tour cards in the sixth and final round on Dec. 5 at the Panther Lake and Crooked Cat Golf Courses at Orange County National. Click here to follow the final round live.
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