Men's Golf Weekly Recap

Updated 10/7/2013

Sunday - Tuesday, October 6-8

Cabo del Sol Intercollegiate   FINAL STATS
Bowing Green

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- The Bowling Green State University men's golf team finished fifth at the Cabo del Sol Intercollegiate tournament on Wednesday (Oct. 8), with a 54-hole score of 890. The Falcons had a strong start on the final day of competition, shooting 7-under as a team over the first nine holes, helping them finish only eight strokes behind the winner.
 
Coach Kevin Farrell's lineup of Josh Bialecki, Chris Melvin, Jose Narro, Brett Rinker and Ryan Triller stayed consistent throughout the day, as each Falcon shot in the mid-70's.
 
Narro, who was third individually after 36 holes, carded a final round of 74, giving him a 54-hole total of 219 (74-71-74). The 3-over total gave Narro the best score for the Falcons in a field that featured 11 teams. 
 
Melvin, who is one of two captains on the team, finished his 54-hole tournament with a 1-over 73, giving him a three day total of 222 (78-71-73). Melvin improved by at least five strokes or better in each of his final two rounds. 
 
The other freshman competing in the field, Rinker, had consistent ball-striking all week, carding a 54-hole total of 224 (+8). Rinker shot a final round of 3-over 75 after shooting 76 and 73 over the first two rounds. 
 
Bowling Green also had their other captain and senior competing in the field. After shooting scores of 77 (+5) and 78 (+6) over the first two rounds, Bialecki had the biggest improvement on the final 18 holes for the Falcons. Bialecki came into the clubhouse with a 1-over 73, his best score of the event. 
 
Improvement seemed to be a theme for the Orange and Brown all week, as junior Triller also found success over his final 18 holes. After shooting an 81 (+9) in his second round, Triller improved by six strokes, carding him a 3-over 75. For the tournament, Triller totaled a 231 (75-81-75) at the Ocean Course. 
 
Bowling Green will be back on the course in two weeks, as the Falcons will travel to Norfolf, VA., to play in the ODU/OBX Tournament on Oct. 20-22. The Orange and Brown will then head Louisiana.
 

Invitational at Erin Hills   FINAL RESULTS
Northern Illinois

ERIN, Wis. – Junior Liam White (Waukegan, Ill./Carmel Catholic/Indian Hills CC) and freshman Jake Curwin (Fairbault, Minn./Shattuck St. Mary’s) each carded a 75 as the Northern Illinois men’s golf team shot a team total of 305, its best round of the tournament, Tuesday in the final round of the Erin Hills Intercollegiate. The Huskies tied DePaul for 13th place in the team standings. 
 
Stanford claimed the tournament title with a 54-hole total of 851, 13-under par. Patrick Rodgers of the Cardinal fired a final round 69 to claim individual medalist honors with a three-round total of 209, seven-under par. 
 
“This round was the best 13 holes we have played all year,” said NIU head coach Tom Porten. “We are playing a US Open venue, with challenging hole locations and a solid setup. We played the back nine, which was our first nine, very well and got through the next three or four holes before we started giving strokes back. 
 
“We didn’t capitalize on our opportunity right at the end of the round when we had a chance to shoot 296 or 297. We keep moving further into rounds where we are getting closer and closer to playing team golf and that is encouraging for a young team.”
 
White’s final round 75, which included a trio of birdies, helped him finish the tournament in a tie for 38th, his best finish as a Huskie. Curwin’s third round 75, which also included a trio of birdies, is the best round of his career at NIU. 
 
“Liam (White) has really learned a lot and applied a much better game plan to this tournament,” said Porten. “We are starting to see a little of what he is capable of, even without a hot putter. He didn’t play great, but he hit the ball well enough to play three rounds of par or better. 
 
“I was with Jake (Curwin) all day today, he hit 15 greens and shot three-over par with three three-putts. Tee-to-green he was great and every time he had a three-putt he bounced back and made birdie. He’s not playing as scared and tentative as he was earlier when he would get a little balky with the putter and go into a bit of a shell.”
 
Senior Shawn Foley (Pewaukee, Wis./Waukesha North) closed with his best round of the tournament, carding a final round 77. Freshman Pierrick Fillon (Voreppe, France/Lycee Pierre Beghin) finish a shot behind Foley in the final round and had the second-best individual finish for the Huskies. 
 
“Shawn (Foley) played really well early in the round,” said Porten. “He had a little bit of a hiccup in the middle of the round but finished he played his last three holes in one-under to help us catch DePaul and get a little closer to Green Bay.”
 
Northern Illinois will close the fall portion of its 2013-14 schedule at the Pinetree Intercollegiate in Kennesaw, Ga., Monday, Oct. 21 and Tuesday, Oct. 22.
 

Monday - Tuesday, October 7-8

Firestone Invitational   FINAL STATS
Akron
Eastern Michigan
Ohio
Miami

Team Scores:

1. S. Carolina-Aiken  295-294-282=871
2. Washington State  289-291-293=873
3. Eastern Michigan  298-291-286=875
4. Kansas State  294-294-289=877
5. St. Mary's (CA)  292-304-283=879
6. Akron  302-288-290=880
7. Miami (OH)  300-298-284=882
t-8. Davidson College  301-298-284=883
t-8. Illinois State  300-292-291=883
t-10. College of Charleston  308-296-283=887
t-10. Nebraska  307-293-287=887
12. Old Dominion  294-300-295=889
13. Ohio  305-299-290=894
14. Georgetown  299-298-299=896
15. Samford  306-299-292=897
t-16. Francis Marion  304-301-303=908
t-16. Western Kentucky 320-291-297=908

Akron

AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron had an up and down day, but finished strong to post a sixth-place showing on the final day of The Firestone Invitational, Presented by FirstEnergy Solutions, at the par-72, 7,125-yard Firestone Country Club North Course.
 
Sitting as high as 11-over on the front-nine, the Zips mounted a furious comeback to post a round of 2-over 290 to close play with a three-round tally of 880 (+16). South Carolina-Aiken (871, +7) used a round of 6-under 282 on Tuesday to leapfrog day-one leader Washington State (873, +9) to grab a two-stroke victory.
 
The Zips were led by sophomore Carr Vernon, who finished alone in second place with a three-round score of 6-under 210. Vernon, who closed with a round of 4-under 68 – tied for the lowest of his college career – was tied for the lead in the clubhouse before Eastern Michigan's Stuart Grehan went eagle-par-birdie over the final three holes to win by three strokes (207, -9).
 
Senior Charlie Bull had a tough start to the round, going 6-over through the first six holes but would close the final 12 holes 6-under to post a round of 72 (E). He finished tied for sixth place (215, -1).
 
Sophomore Ryan Harris, playing as an individual, also posted a top-10 finish, ending the week tied for eighth place with a tally of 216 (E). He carded a round of 1-over 73 on Tuesday.
 
Freshman J.B. Williams posted his second-straight round of 73 (+1) to finish tied for 57th place (227, +11) while fellow freshman Zach Gollwitzer ended play tied for 61st (228, +12) following a final-round 77 (+5).
 
Freshman Chandler Morgan and junior Harry Whittle, both playing as individuals, finished tied for 70th (231, +15) and tied for 82nd (237, +21) respectively. Morgan posted his best round of the week on Tuesday (75, +3) while Whittle ended the invitational with a round of 81 (+9).
 
The Zips were without sophomore Louis Birchall, who hurt his wrist during Monday's first round and was forced to withdraw.
 
Akron returns to action on October 21 when the squad travels to Kennesaw, Ga., for the Pinetree Intercollegiate.
 
 
Eastern MIchigan
 
AKRON, Ohio (EMUEagles.com) -- Sophomore Stuart Grehan (Tullamore, Ireland-Colaiste Choilm) fired a five-under 67 in Tuesday's final round of the Firestone Invitational to claim medalist honors and propel the Eastern Michigan University men's golf team to a third place team finish.
 
Grehan, who was tied for the lead entering the final day, earned Eastern Michigan's first individual medalist honors of the season as he went eagle-par-birdie over the final three holes to win by three strokes at 207 (73-67-67). Grehan's victory was the first of his career and his third career top-10 showing.
 
The individual title is the first by an Eagle since Casey Olsen finished tied for the top spot at the weather-shortened C&F Bank Intercollegiate, March 24-26, 2013, in Williamsburg, Va. Additionally, his 54-hole total is tied for the second-best mark in the program's history, bettered only by Korey Mahoney's 206 (71-65-70) at the Marshall Invitational, April 8, 2005. The other rounds of 207 were by Brandon Lemons (67-67-73) at the Desert Shootout, March 20, 2010, and by   Mahoney (69-70-68) at the Wolverine Intercollegiate, Sept. 25, 2005.
 
South Carolina-Aiken (295-294-282=871) used a round of six-under 282 on Tuesday to leapfrog day-one leader Washington State (289-291-293=873) to grab a two-stroke victory. EMU finished with a 54-hole total of 875 (298-291-286) on the  par-72, 7,125-yard Firestone Country Club North Course.
 
EMU closes out the fall portion of the schedule at the Crooked Stick Intercollegiate, Oct. 14-15, in Carmel, Ind.

 

Miami

AKRON, Ohio- The Miami University men’s golf team finished seventh out of 17 teams in the Firestone Invitational Tuesday. The RedHawks shot a final round of four-under par 284 to finish the tournament 18-over par with a final score of 882. South Carolina-Aiken ended up winning the tournament with a final score of seven-over par 871.
 
Junior Scott Cahill was the RedHawks top overall finisher. He tied for 13th place, shooting two-under par 70 for a final score of two-over par 218. Sophomore, Jack Sparling tied for 24th place, shooting three-under par 69 for a final score of four-over par 220.
 
Senior Austin Kelly shot two-over par 74 for a final score of 223, tying him for 37th place. Senior Mark MacDonald shot one-under par 71, tying him for 44th place with a final score of 224. Junior Luke Shaughnessy tied for 82nd place after shooting seven-over par.
 
The Miami University men’s golf team has a week off until they travel to Beallsville, Md. for the Georgetown Intercollegiate Tournament, October 21-22. 
 
 
Ohio
 
AKRON, Ohio – Behind a season-best round of 290, the Ohio University men’s golf team secured a 13th place finish Tuesday in final round action at the Firestone Invitational.
 
Ohio finished the event with a 30-over par combined score of 894 (305-299-290). South-Carolina Aiken won the tournament with a seven-over 871 (+7) while Pac-12 opponent Washington State (873, +9) finished second. Eastern Michigan’s Stuart Grehan earned medalist honors after firing a nine-under par 207 (-9) over his 54 holes of action.
 
Freshman phenom Peyton White (Huntersville, N.C.) continued his strong fall play by posting his second-straight top-20 to lead the Bobcats. White carded a final round 68 (-4) to go along with rounds of 77 and 73 (218, +2). White made six birdies in his final round and ranked fourth in the field in total pars (36) for the tournament. He was tied for third among competitors in par 3 (E) and par 4 (E) scoring over his 54 holes.
 
Senior Phil Gieseker (Saline, Mich.) also put together a red hot round on Tuesday, notching six birdies and an eagle to finish with a 70 (-2) on the day. He placed t-52 among the field with a combined score of 226 (74-82-70, +10). The senior ranked fourth among the field with 12 birdies in his 54 holes.
 
Junior Andrew Mlynarski (St Michaels, Md.) matched Gieseker with a 226 to finish t-52nd. Mlynarski notched consistent rounds of 75, 75 and 76 at Firestone. Senior Bradley Lucas (Worthington, Ohio) notched a second round 73 (+1) en route to an overall score of 231 (80-76-75, +15). He finished tied for 70th among the field.
 
Rounding out the Ohio contingent, junior Thomas Leech (Pittsburgh, Pa.) placed t-86th with a three-round score of 238 (79-78-81, +22).
 
The Bobcats wrap up the 2013 fall season in three weeks at the Cobra/Puma Invitational Oct. 27-28. The tournament will be played at Miromar Lakes Country Club in Fort Myers, Fla.