Purdue And Indiana's Overton Off To Impressive Start At NCAA Central Regional
May 20, 2004
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men's golf team was interested in more than serving as a good host for the 2004 NCAA Central Regional as the Boilermakers turned in a 7-over-par 295 and sit third in the 27-team field after day one.
Purdue's Peter Richardson cruised around his home Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex in West Lafayette with an even-par 72, followed by Shiv Kapur's 73 and Dustin Cone's 74. Richardson is tied for 10th overall, while Kapur is tied for 17th. Cone began his round Thursday with three bogeys in his first six holes and finished with six overall, but countered with four birdies on the day for his 2-over total. Luke Epp added a 76 to the team's score, while Pariya Junhasavasdikul ended his day with an 80. MORE>>>
Minnesota, the 2002 and 2003 Big Ten champion and 2002 NCAA champion, opened Thursday with a slow start, but managed to fight back on the back nine for a total of 302. The Gophers are currently tied for eighth with 2004 Big Ten champion Ohio State, Wichita State and Southern Methodist.
Ben Greve led Minnesota with a 74, followed by Justin Smith's 75 and David Morgan's 76. Ryan Paulson carded a 77, while Big Ten Freshman of the Year Bronson LaCassie finished with a 79. MORE>>>
Coming off a win at the 2004 Big Ten Championship, Ohio State sits in the top 10 entering Friday's second round. Scott Anderson birdied two of his last three holes to finish with a 2-over-par 74 to lead the Buckeyes. Big Ten medalist Kevin Hall, as well as Zach Doran and Colin Biles, each turned in a 76, while Brett Williams rounded out the scoring for OSU with an 82. MORE>>>
For the first time since the 1996-97 season and the first time in head coach Mike Mayer's six-year tenure, Indiana earned a bid to regional action, and juniors Jeff Overton and Heath Peters are making the most of it.
Overton, the Big Ten Player of the Year and Les Bolstad Award Winner, is currently tied for sixth individually after a round of 1-under-par 71. Overton's round was just one of nine rounds under par on the day. Peters added a 2-over-par 74 to help the Hoosiers to a 306, which leaves them in 15th entering Friday's second of three 18-hole rounds.
Freshman David Butwell and sophomore Scott Seibert carded rounds of 80 and 81, respectively, while Mike Birkenfeld, who led the Hoosiers with a 17th-place finish at Big Tens, finished with an 82. MORE>>>
Garrett Chaussard, who is tied for 17th overall, led the Illinois Fighting Illini to a 309 with a 1-over-par 73. The Illini are currently tied for 16th. Ryan Tendall and Patrick Nagle recorded rounds of 76 and 77, respectively, while Joe Affrunti turned in an 83. Mike O'Neal had an 86 on the day. MORE>>>
Playing as an individual, Northwestern senior Tom Johnson fired an even-par 72 Thursday and is tied for 10th overall. MORE>>>
Oklahoma State leads the competition at 1-under-par 287, followed by Texas A&M at 292 and Purdue. Individually, Texas' Jason Hartwick, Texas A&M Andrew Parr, and Oklahoma State's Casey Wittenberg are tied for the lead at 3-under-par 69.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Penn State is the lone Big Ten team competing outside the Central Regional, as the Nittany Lions are currently battling for a bid to the NCAA Championships in the 27-team East Regional.
Penn State began off the No. 10 tee early Thursday morning after a fog delay, and turned in a 10-over-par 290 on the par-70 Course at Yale in New Haven, Conn. The first-round total currently places Penn State in fifth position, just four shots out of the lead with 36 holes remaining.
Greg Pieczynski cruised around the course with a 15-par performance of 1-over 71 to lead the Lions. Pieczynski currently stands tied for 12th individually. Mark Leon, Ted Neville and Marco Poccia each fired 73 on Thursday, while Jason Pannone rounded out the team's scoring with a 77. MORE>>>
Florida leads the competition in the East with a 286, followed by Georgia in second at 287. Clemson and Georgia State are tied for third at 288, followed by the Nittany Lions.
Individually, Rhode Island's Kenneth Fahey and Wake Forest's Bill Haas are tied for the lead at 3-under 67, while Florida's Camilo Villegas is third at 68.