Penn State, Purdue And Indiana's Overton Advance To NCAA Championships
May 23, 2004
The Penn State and Purdue men's golf teams, along with Indiana's Jeff Overton, will represent the Big Ten Conference at the 2004 NCAA Championships, after the Nittany Lions punched their ticket with a second-place finish at the East Regional and Purdue (MORE>>>)protected its home golf course Saturday, finishing seventh. Overton placed 12th overall and was the top individual of a non-advancing team.
The top 10 teams and top two individuals from other schools advance to the NCAA Championships, June 1-4 at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va.
Penn State (MORE>>>), which earns its first berth in the NCAA Championships since 1996, fired an 862 (290-285-287) to place runner-up to Clemson's winning score of 856 by six shots in the East.
Just missing the cut was Minnesota. The Gophers finished 11th at 911 (302-303-306). MORE>>>
Indiana flirted with the cut-line throughout the day but struggled on the back nine and finished tied for 20th with Lamar and Colorado at 934 (306-308-320).
Indiana's Jeff Overton ended the Regionals in a tie for 12th place at 222 (71-75-76). The Big Ten Player of the Year put together a string of birdies on the backside to move back into contention for one of the two individual spots. MORE>>>
Northwestern's Tom Johnson ended his illustrious Wildcat career with a disappointing 85 on Saturday and finished 66th (72-76-85=233). MORE>>>
Kentucky won the Central Regional with an 882 (298-285-299), followed by Oklahoma State (893) and Oklahoma (896).