Men's Golf Weekend Recap

Updated 9/9/2013
Friday, September 6 - Sunday, September 8
Northern Illinois - Northern Intercollegiate - FIRST ROUND   SECOND ROUND   FINAL RESULTS
SUGAR GROVE, Ill. -- Northern Illinois posted its best round of the tournament, finishing the round with a team total of 318, on Sunday’s final day of play at the Northern Intercollegiate at Rich Harvest Farms. The Huskies finished their home tournament in 15th place.  
Beginning the day in fourth place, Central Florida came from behind to win the team title with a final round total of 283, for a 54-hole total of 866. The Knights also won the inaugural Northern Intercollegiate in 2011. Houston’s Roman Robledo fired a final round 73 to take individual medalist honors with a three-round total of  five-under 211, holding off UCF’s Greg Eason who finished one stroke back following a final round 67.
The shot of the day belonged to Liberty’s Michael Hocker who carded an ace on the par-three, 191-yard 13th hole, the first hole-in-one in the history of the Northern Intercollegiate.
“It has been nice to once again open the season at home,” said NIU head coach Tom Porten. “We didn’t play our best this weekend but we are extremely grateful to the Rich Family for allowing us to once again host this event at Rich Harvest Farms. It was a wonderful opportunity for our team to play with many top teams from around the country.”
For the Huskies, junior Nick Huggins (Marietta, Ohio/Marietta) was the top finisher, tying for 60th after shooting a final round 78. Huggins carded a 54-hole total of 232. Freshman Pierrick Fillon (Voreppe, France/Lycee Pierre Beghin) had his best round of the tournament in the final round, finishing with a 79. 
NIU will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 21, as the Huskies travel to Zionsville, Ind., to compete in the Wolf Run Intercollegiate, hosted by Indiana University. 
Ball State - Northern Intercollegiate - FIRST ROUND   SECOND ROUND   FINAL RESULTS
SUGAR GROVE, Ill. -- The Ball State men’s golf team held on to the sixth position Sunday in the closing round of the season-opening Northern Intercollegiate at Rich Harvest Farms.
Led by McCormick Clouser’s 2-under par final round, the Cardinals turned in a team score of 296 on Sunday to finish at 27-over par 891 for the tournament.
Only one round all day -- a 67 by UCF All-American Greg Eason -- was better than Clouser’s 70. The Ball State junior birdied four holes in his round and jumped 12 spots into a tie for 15th on the final leaderboard as the team’s top finisher.
UCF came from 11 shots back to win the team event, finishing 2-over par for the tournament and one stroke ahead of second-place Virginia after posting the round of the day at 283. Houston, the 36-hole leader, finished third at 5-over, while Liberty and Kentucky rounded out the top five.
All five of the teams above Ball State competed in an NCAA Regional last year, while the Cardinals also finished ahead of four teams that made last year’s postseason. Big Ten teams Ohio State and Indiana were directly behind the Cardinals on the final leaderboard.
Houston’s Roman Robledo held on to his overnight lead in the individual medalist race to claim the title at 5-under par, beating out Eason by a stroke.
In addition to Clouser’s round, Ball State also counted a 73 from Keegan McKinney, a 76 from Tyler Merkel and a 77 from James Blackwell on Sunday.
Merkel, who was even through the first two rounds, grabbed 19th place with a three-day total of 4-over 220. Blackwell tied for 33rd at 9-over, while McKinney tied for 47th at 12-over.
Jon Schram was Ball State’s non-counting score on the day with an 85. The freshman finished with a 54-hole score of 239. Additionally, Tyler Ostrom, competing this week as an individual, closed with a total of 240 after a round of 80 on Sunday.
The Northern Intercollegiate was the first of six events on Ball State’s challenging fall schedule. The Cardinals return to action Sunday, Sept. 15 with round one of the Golfweek Conference Challenge at Spirit Hollow Golf Course in Burlington, Iowa.
Miami - Northern Intercollegiate - FIRST ROUND   SECOND ROUND   FINAL RESULTS
SUGAR GROVE, Ill. – The Miami University men’s golf team finished in 13th place at the Northern Intercollegiate Tournament on Sunday. The RedHawks shot a final round of 15-over par 303 to finish the tournament at 63-over par. UCF, who was in fourth place after round two, ended up winning the tournament with a score of 866.
"This week was a great test for our team,” said head coach Zac Zedrick. “Rich Harvest Farms is one of the six NCAA Regional sites this spring and the field was very similar to what we'll see at just about any regional site.”
As a team, the RedHawks’ score improved each round, bringing them back up to 13th place.  
“Our play in the first round was disappointing, but I definitely saw steady improvement from everyone throughout the tournament,” said Zedrick.
Jack Sparling finished strong, shooting a final round of 2-over par 74, leaving him with a score of 225 tied for 33rd place.
Both Scott Cahill and Daniel Schwarz tied for 64th place after shooting 18-over par, leaving them with a score of 234.
Other golfers include Mark MacDonald who shot 6-over par 78, leaving him with a score 240 tying for 74th place, along with teammate Greg Conrad who shot 8-over par 80 finishing with a score of 242 that tied for 79th place.
“I was particularly proud of how we responded after getting off to a tough start today, playing our best nine holes of the tournament coming in,” said coach Zedrick.  “We have a team that's going to get better with each competitive experience and I think we can build off of the things we learned this week going into Michigan next weekend."
The Miami University men’s golf team will be traveling to Ann Arbor, Michigan Sept. 16-17 to compete in the Wolverine Intercollegiate.
Sunday, September 8 - Monday, September 9
Kent State - Gopher Invitational -  FINAL RESULTS
INDEPENDENCE, MN - Kent State senior Corey Conners became the first back-to-back individual champion in the nine-year history of the Gopher Invitational with a one-shot victory while the Golden Flashes finished third as team on Monday at Windsong Farm Golf Club in Independence, Minn.
Conners closed with a 2-under-par 69 in the final round to cap a 7-under tournament and claim a one shot victory over California's Brandon Hagy. Last year's victory took place at nearby Spring Hill Golf Club.
After back-to-back bogeys at the 202-yard 16th and 446-yard 17th hole, Conners needed a closing birdie at the long 571-yard final hole to claim the title.
The Golden Flashes began the day at even par, trailing overnight leader New Mexico by just two shots when they teed off on Monday. They took the lead briefly on the back nine before experiencing some difficulties with the closing holes on the 7,152-yard, par-71 Windsong Farm Golf Club.
New Mexico's 4-under-par team total was good for a six-shot victory over Baylor and nine shots better than the Flashes, who shot a 5-over-par 289 to finish at 5-over for the tournament.
After Conners, Kent State was led by freshman Josh Whalen, who tied for 19th overall in his first college tournament. He closed with a 74 to finish his three rounds at 5-over. Senior Taylor Pendrith was one shot behind Whalen and in a tie for 24th after a final-round 71 put him at 6-over for the week.
Nick Scott shot 77 and finished tied for 35th at 9-over, and Ryan Troyer shot 75 to place tied for 39th at 10-over.
Toledo - Gopher Invitational -  FINAL RESULTS
INDEPENDENCE, MN – Toledo concluded its opening tournament of the 2013-14 campaign at Minnesota’s Gopher Invitational with an 11th-place showing. The tournament was held at Windsong Farm Golf Club.
New Mexico captured the tournament title with a impressive 54-hole total of four-under par 848, six strokes in front of second-place Baylor and nine ahead of third-place Kent  State. The Golden Flashes’ Corey Conners became the first repeat champion of the Gopher Invitational by carding a seven-under par 206 (71-66-69).
Junior Chris  Selfridge paced UT at six-over par 219 (78-70-71) and tied for 24th place. Two strokes behnd Selfridge was sophomore Otto Black tied for 35th place at nine-over par 222 (76-73-73) with junior Jamie Richardson (74-78-78) tied for 47th place at 17-over par 230. Rounding out the Rocket lineup was junior Mike Lancaster (73-79-81-233/56th) and junior Pat Cermak (78-79-82=239/61st).
The Rockets will return to action next week with a short trip to Ann Arbor, MI for the Wolverine Invitational. UT will play 36 holes on Monday, Sept. 16 before closing out the tourney with 18 holes on Tuesday, Sept. 17.
Monday, September 9 - Tuesday, September 10
Bowling Green - Marshall Invitational - FIRST ROUND   SECOND ROUND   FINAL RESULTS
Huntington, WV – The Bowling Green State University men's golf team, behind second year head coach Kevin Farrell, carded a 36-hole score of 580 (292-288) to sit 16 strokes behind current leader University of Richmond at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational on Monday (Sept. 9).
Playing at the Guyan Golf & Country Club, the Falcons improved between the two rounds by four strokes, finishing with a 292 in the first 18 holes, but improved in the second round, carding a 288. Their improvement placed them seventh in the field of 15 teams.
Freshman Brett Rinker, who played in his first day of a collegiate tournament, finished the day even-par, carding a 142 (70-72). Rinker currently is in 16th place overall, seven shots off the leader.
Freshman Jose Narro, who also competed in his first collegiate tournament, had a strong showing on the day. Narro improved from his first round score a 3-over-par 74 by two strokes in the second round, carding a 1-over 72, for a total of 146. Narro currently sits tied for 30th place overall. 
Ryan Triller, who was the lone junior in the field for the Orange and Brown, fired a first round 2-over-par 73. Unable to make a dent in his scorecard, Triller stayed consistent throughout the day, carding a second round 3-over 74, for a total of 147. Triller currently sits tied for 38th overall. 
The two seniors Chris Melvin and Josh Bialecki, who were voted team captains for the season, also competed on day one. Melvin shot a 4-over 75 in his first round, only to come back and fire a 1-under 70 in his second round, carding a total of 145 on the day. 
Bialecki carded a 151 (75-76) on the day, and currently sits tied for 59th overall. 
Sophomore Holden Pahr also competed as an individual, carding an 8-over 150 (77-73) on the day. 
All five Falcons will return to action Tuesday morning.
Ohio - Marshall Invitational - FIRST ROUND   SECOND ROUND   FINAL RESULTS
Sunday, September 8 - Tuesday, September 10
Akron - Goldweek Program Challenge - FIRST & SECOND ROUND   FINAL RESULTS
AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron men's golf team will enter the final round of the Golfweek Program Challenge in contention for the team crown following a 2-under 286 on Monday at the par-72, 6,940-yard layout at True Blue Golf Club.
The Zips closed round two in third place with a 36-hole tally of 5-under 571. James Madison held the team lead for the second-consecutive day (564, -12) while IUPUI is in second place (565, -11).
Day two was dominated by the UA underclassmen as three of Akron's top-five rounds came from two freshmen and a sophomore.
J.B. Williams, playing in his first collegiate event, led the Zips for the second-straight day, firing a round of 3-under 69 to end day two in fourth place with a total score of 7-under 137. He is just two shots behind the individual leaders (135, -9).
Sophomore Carr Vernon also ended the day under par for his round, carding a 2-under 70 to move into a tie for 14th place at 1-under 143.
Freshman Zach Gollwitzer just missed his first-collegiate round under par, posting a solid even-par 72 and sits tied for 25th place (145, +1) with 18 holes to play. Senior Charlie Bull is tied for 29th place (146, +2) following a round of 3-over 75.
Louis Birchall rounded out the scoring-five in a tie for 32nd place (148, +4) after his round of 3-over 75.
The Zips will battle for the team and individual titles on Tuesday when they tee off at 8:15 a.m. ET from the first tee. Fans can follow all three rounds via Golfstat Live Scoring.
The men's squad is joined by the women's squad at the Golfweek Program Challenge, which awards a men's and women's team champion, as well as a program team champion (combined men's and women's scores from each program). This is the first appearance for Akron in the event.