Men's Golfers of the Week and Top Team Results

Updated 9/30/2010
Team articles courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

MAC Co-Men's Golfer of the Week
Nathan Sunderland, Miami
Senior, Wyomissing, PA (Holy Name)
Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic, Par 70
69-72-70 (211, t-4th)
Nathan tied for fourth in the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic with a final score of one over par. The highly rated tournament featured five teams ranked in the top 50. Sutherland finished only three shots out of the lead and helped lead the RedHawks to a sixth place finish overall. Sutherland has shot four rounds in the 60s this season so far and has finished in the top six in three out of four of the tournaments he has played in.

MAC Co-Men's Golfer of the Week
Drew Preston, Bowling Green
Junior, Ada, Mich. (Forest Hills)
John Piper Intercollegiate, Par 72
70-69 (139, 1st)
Falcon junior Drew Preston won the weather-shortened 2010 John Piper Intercollegiate. Despite chilly and rainy conditions, Preston produced two under-par rounds to win the tournament by five strokes. He is the third consecutive BGSU golfer to win the John Piper tournament and helped the team win the tournament for the second year in a row. This is Preston's second career victory; his first came 12 months ago in the Earl Yestingsmeier Intercollegiate. He is tied with former teammate Matt Schneider for second on the all-time school wins list. His victory is the fourth individual win for a Falcon since the beginning of the 2009-10 season.

Other Nominees:
Lucas Murray, Akron
Senior, East Sparta, Ohio (Canton South HS/Mount Union)
Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate, Par 71
73-70-68 (211, t-10th)
Senior Lucas Murray once again finished first for UA at the Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate. Continually improving each round at the event, Murray posted a opening round of 73, carded a 70 on Saturday, and rounded out his performance with a 68 to finish at 2-under, 211. In the 90-player field, Murray finished with one other player in a tie for 10th overall.

Mackenzie Hughes, Kent State
Junior, Dundas, Ontatio (Highland Secondary)
Windon Memorial Classic, Par 71
71-76-72 (219, t-24th)
Hughes used a final round 72 at the Windon Memorial Classic to propel himself to a 13th career top 25 finish. For the week he shot a six-over 219 (71-76-72) to place tied for 24th.

Top Team Performances:
Bowling Green
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Bowling Green captures the team championship at the John Piper for the second consecutive season.  Their rounds of 291 and 289 were the best scores for each round, and the team total of 580 (+4) won the tournament by 11 strokes.

The Falcons have now won the John Piper in three of the previous six years and have six consecutive finishes of third place or better at the only home tournament of the team's season.

The "A" team sent by Indianapolis placed second, while Dayton and Eastern Kentucky tied for third.

Individually, junior Drew Preston won individual medalist honors by posting a total of 139 for the 36 holes of the rain-shortened tourney.  Preston (-5) was the only player under par, and his round scores of 70 and 69 were the best for each round.

Preston captures his second tournament title, as he won the Earl Yestingsmeier Intercollegiate last September.  He moves one win behind Ken Walters (1972-75) and former teammate Matt Schneider (2006-10) for most career victories by a Falcon. 

With another win this season, Preston would equal Schneider's record for wins in one season (2). 

Preston joins his former teammate Schneider in becoming the third consecutive BGSU player to win the individual title at the John Piper tournament.  His win also gives BGSU four individual titles since the beginning of last season (Schneider 2, Preston 2). 

Head Coach Garry Winger has now coached his players to nine individual tournament victories.

Wes Gates earned his second consecutive top-ten finish at home.  He follows last year's tenth place finish with a tie for sixth in 2010.  Gates produced rounds of 76 and 70 for a total of 146.

Last week in Louisville, Parker Hewit claimed a career high finish on a tournament leaderboard by placing 15th.  This week, he set a new standard as he tied for tenth.  Hewit carded back-to-back rounds of 74 for a final score of 148.

Sophomore Charlie Olson finished two strokes behind Hewit, placing in a tie for 22nd.  Fellow Falcon newcomer Chris Melvin had the team's second-best score in the first round (73) and ultimately finished with a total of 152.

Bryan Mitchell, Morgan Dobbins and Torey Brummett each played as individuals.  Mitchell, in only his second tournament since the 2008-09 season, scored 151 for a 30th place tie.  Dobbins debuted in a tie for 17th place by scoring 149, including a final round of 72.  Brummett's first tourney with the Falcons ended with a score of 169.

Bowling Green has two tournaments remaining in its fall schedule.  After a two-week break, the team will travel to Hebron, Ky. for the (Cincinnati) Bearcat Invitational on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 11-12.  The team travels back to Kentucky the following week for the APSU (Austin Peay) Intercollegiate to conclude the fall leg of the season's schedule.

Miami
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The men's golf team finished sixth at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic on Tuesday. Miami shot a five over par 285, which was tied with San Francisco for the best round of the day at a tournament that featured five top-50 squads. For the event the RedHawks finished at 35-over par. Iowa won the tournament at 13-over par.

Nathan Sutherland completed another strong tournament with an even par round of 70 on Tuesday. He finished the event overall at one over par and in a tie for fourth place.

Other RedHawk finishers included senior Matt Stasiak at 11-over par after shooting a 73 on Tuesday. Blake English recorded a 71 and finished tied for 34th at 13-over par. Michael Drobnick was right behind him in a tie for 41st at 14-over par, while Austin Kelly shot a 71 and finished tied for 58th at 18-over par.

Playing as an individual, David Payne shot a 79 on Tuesday and finished his first collegiate event at 30-over par.

Miami heads south to participate in the Renaissance Invitational next weekend in Ft. Myers, Fla. The RedHawks will play 36 holes on Sunday, Oct. 3 and finish it up with one final round of 18 holes on Monday, Oct. 4.

Akron
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - The University of Akron men's golf team finished ninth Sunday at the 10th Annual Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate carding a 866 (289-287-290) on the par-71, 7,100-yard Vanderbilt Legends Club.

"We didn't come through with the under par round we needed today but Lucas Murray and Drew Czuchry put together solid individual finishes," said head coach Nick Goetze. "The guys have had much more consistent scoring this season and I know that we are going to turn the corner soon. We haven't played up to our capabilities yet and we just need to stay patient."

Senior Murray finished first for UA continually improving each round. Posting an opening round of 73, Murray carded a 70 on Saturday, and rounded out his performance with a 68 to finish in a tie for 10th in the 90-player field.

Freshman Czuchry followed Murray finishing 18th overall posting a first round of 70 followed by two rounds of 72 (214). Junior Scott Landreth and sophomore Cameron Simmons both carded a 224 posting rounds of 73-74-77 and 78-71-75. Freshman Charlie Bull rounded out the event with a 227 (73-79-75).

Akron played along side Arkansas State, Belmont, Davidson, Georgia State, Lipscomb, Memphis, Mississippi State, MTSU, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, South Alabama, South Carolina, UT Chattanooga, UT Martin and Western Carolina. Memphis took home both titles carding a 842 (274-284-284) as a team with the Tigers Jack Belote finishing with the top individual mark of 205 (66-69-70).The Zips will return to action next weekend at the Weibring Intercollegiate slated for Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 2-3) in Normal, Ill.

Kent State
GLENVIEW, Ill. - The Kent State men's golf team made an early final round move but faded late to finish tied for 12th at the 14th Annual Windon Memorial Classic on Monday.  The Golden Flashes posted a third round 289 leaving then with a 54-hole total of 884 (298-297-289) at the Par 71, 7067-yard North Shore Country Club.  

With the team starting the day on the back nine, it was the play of freshman Corey Conners (Listowel, Ontario) and senior John Hahn (Las Vegas, Nev. / Hudson [Ohio]), that fueled Kent State's early move.  The Golden Flashes were four-under as a team through first holes of play today.  Unfortunately the front nine proved to be a challenge for KSU which went eight-over as a team.  

Connors played a bogey free round as he shot a career low 68.  His three-under score tied for the fourth lowest final round by the 90-man field and moved him 27 places in the individual standings.  He closed out the tournament with a 223 (79-76-68) to tie for 47th overall.  

"Corey had a really strong round and played error free nearly the entire day," said Director of Golf/Head Coach Herb Page.  

Hahn, meanwhile began the day on a mission making four birdies in the first six holes as he climbed into the top 20.  The hot start would not last however as he made a double bogey on No 17 before carding a four-over on the front nine.  He completed the round with a 73 that left him tied for 43rd with a 222 (77-72-73) composite.  

Junior Mackenzie Hughes (Dundas, Ontario / Highland Secondary) was the Golden Flashes top performer for the tournament wrapping up the weekend with a one-over 72 round on Monday that consisted of one birdie, 15 pars and two bogeys.  After entering the final round tied for 28th Hughes finished tied for 24th with a six-over, 219 (71-76-72) for his 13th career top 25 finish

Sophomore Kevin Miller (Dover, Ohio / Sugarcreek Garaway) completed the final round scoring with a 76 while senior Brett Cairns (Courtland, Ontario / Holy Trinity) had an 82.  Miller tied with Hahn in 43rd also shooting a 222 (73-73-76) total.  Cairns meanwhile ended the tournament with a 236 (77-77-82).    

The Golden Flashes return to action on Oct. 11th and 12th at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational in Columbus.