Madison, Wisc.--Though a mid-round rain dampened the course during Saturday's 18-holes, it did not put a damper on the scoring. For the second day in a row, Indiana senior Jeff Overton recorded the low-round of the day, only on Saturday he was not alone. After tying the track record at the University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday, Overton shot a second consecutive seven-under, 65, to increase his overall lead to three strokes. Teammates junior Scott Seibert and senior Heath Peters turned in rounds of four and two-under par respectively, to aid in the Hoosiers taking a share of the team standing's top-spot. After trailing the Michigan State Spartans by a stroke after the first round, the Hoosiers came back to tie the team lead after 36 holes. With a two-day total of 18-under par, IU sits one stroke above MSU heading into the final round.
Despite giving up a share of the team lead, many of the Spartans performed well. Freshman Ryan Brehm turned in a seven-under par, which, like Overton, tied the course record. With his two-round 133, Brehm currently occupies the second spot on the leaderboard. Spartan Sophomore Matt Harmon carded a four-under on Saturday, for a two-round score of eight-under. After owning a share of the first-round second spot, Harmon dropped a place to finish the 36-holes in third.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers turned in a seven-under performance to give them the third spot after two rounds. The Maroon and Gold were paced by a pair of golfers each shooting three-under. Junior Josh Persons and sophomore Bronson La'Cassie each shot 69 on Saturday and Niall Turner shot 70. Their second round performances put all three Gophers into the top-10.
The Northwestern Wildcats, who had been six-over after the first day, made up eight shots on Saturday to move into a fourth-place tie with the Purdue Boilermakers. The `Cats had four players under par during the second round, highlighted by freshman Dan Doyle's four-under. The other sub-par Wildcats on Saturday were sophomore David Merkow (-2), junior Dillon Dougherty (-1), and freshman Kyle Moore (-1). Northwestern was the only team to haveall four scores under par.
The Boilermakers improved upon their first round position on the strength of three rounds below par. Senior Dustin Cone shot a three-under and sophomores Johan Edin and Peter Richardson went two-under during the second round.
After sitting in fifth heading into Saturday, Penn State's Mark Leon shot a two-under to move up to a tie for fourth. The Nittany Lions are in 10th-place heading into Sunday.
The final set of 18 holes will tee off at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday morning and the awards ceremony will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the round. Log onto www.BigTen.org for the latest information on the 2005 Big Ten Men's Golf Championships.