Men's Golf Weekly Recap

Updated 9/16/2013

Sunday-Tuesday, September 15-17, 2013

Golfweek Conference
Ball State


BURLINGTON, Iowa -- Tyler Merkel finished in a tie for fifth place Tuesday and freshman Keegan McKinney turned in the best final round for the Ball State men’s golf team at the Golfweek Conference Challenge.
The Cardinals posted a team score of 291, more than a 10-shot improvement on their opening two rounds, but remained in 13th place in the final standings. With a three-day total of 896, Ball State was just one stroke out of 11th place and four strokes out of 10th at Spirit Hollow Golf Course.
Oklahoma held onto its overnight lead, finishing at 7-under par 857 for the tournament. The Sooners held off a hard-charging Virginia Tech team that matched the low round of the tournament Tuesday with a 278 to finish at 3-under for the week, joining Oklahoma as the only teams in red figures.
Virginia Tech’s Scott Vincent and LSU’s Stewart Jolly shared individual medalist honors at 6-under.
Merkel, who entered the day tied for the lead, turned in his second straight even-par round to finish at 3-under 213 for the tournament. The senior was 3-over on Tuesday’s round before birdies on three of his last five holes moved him back into a top-5 finish for the 12th time in his career.
McKinney concluded a solid week with his second under-par round of the tournament and the only one by a Cardinal in the final round. The freshman, playing in just his second event, carded five birdies on his way to a 2-under round of 70. He finished in a tie for 21st place at 1-over for the week.
The Cardinals also counted a 74 from James Blackwell and a 75 from McCormick Clouser on Tuesday. Blackwell finished with a 54-hole total of 231, while Clouser ended up at 235. Freshman Quentyn Carpenter closed with his best round of the tournament, a 76, to finish with a three-day total of 241.
The Golfweek Conference Challenge featured 15 teams from 15 different conferences with 12 of those teams having finished last year in the top 100 of the national rankings.
Ball State continues its fall schedule next week at the Saint Mary’s College Invitational in Monterey, Calif. The tournament, which includes No. 1-ranked California, gets underway Monday.

Monday- Tuesday, September 16-17, 2013

John Piper Intercollegiate
Bowling Green


BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – The Bowling Green State University men's golf team finished the 13th annual John Piper Intercollegiate on Tuesday afternoon (Sept.17), finishing fourth overall in a field of 12 teams. Marshall University, who hosted their annual tournament a week ago, won with a team score of 866 at Stone Ridge Golf Club. 
Entering the final round, the Falcons trailed both Marshall and Valparaiso by only four strokes. However, the Orange and Brown were unable to make a dent, finishing the day in the same position as they started. 
Farrell’s decision to play a lineup of Chris Melvin, Ryan Triller, Devin O’Grady, Brett Rinker and Jose Narro paid off well in the end, as four of the five players placed in the top 14 in the field of 81 players. 
Melvin, who was the lone senior that played in the tournament for BGSU, shot his second-best 54-hole score in his Falcon career. Melvin carded a third round even-par 72, giving him a tournament total of 2-under (214). With the resilient showing on the par-72, 7,064 yard Stone Ridge Golf Club, Melvin finished second overall in the field. 
Melvin started his final round making a birdie on the par-4 second after making par on the first hole. Melvin then stayed consistent throughout the first nine, making seven straight pars en route to an opening nine score of 35. After making bogey on his first two out of three holes on the back nine, Melvin rebounded nicely, making birdie on two of his final six holes for a 37. 
Narro, who carded the best round for BGSU yesterday, carded a 3-over 75 in his final round. Narro finished his second tournament of his young Falcon career with an even-par 216 (72-69-75), tying him for fifth place overall. 
In the final round, Narro battled on the front nine, coming away with an even-par 36. Narro played his final nine 3-over to finish the day with a 75. On the round, Narro had five birdies and six pars. 
Junior Ryan Triller also had a strong showing in his final round. Improvement was the focal point for Triller as he improved his score in each of his three rounds. The final round, however, was the biggest improvement, shaving three strokes off his previous round of 74, carding a 1-under 71 on the day. The stellar play gave Triller an overall score of 221 (76-74-71), placing him tied for 14th. 
Triller played his first four holes 2-over before making par in a five hole stretch, making the turn with a 37. However, Triller got hot over the final nine. Triller made birdie on the par-4 11th and again on the driver-able par-4 17th. Coming into the clubhouse with a par on the tough 453 yard 18th hole, Triller earned a back nine score of 34.
Freshman Brett Rinker and Junior Devin O’Grady rounded out the five competitors for the Orange and Brown. Rinker shot an impressive 1-over 73, giving him a 54-hole total of 221 (73-75-73). Meanwhile, O’Grady carded a 54-hole total of 244 (81-79-84). 
The men’s golf team will be back in action in Santa Clara, Calif., at the Cabo Del Sol Intercollegiate tournament on Oct. 6. The event will take place over three days before turning their attention to the ODU/OBX tournament on Oct. 20. 

Wolverine Intercollegiate
Eastern Michigan

ANN ARBOR, MI – Toledo shot a four-under par 280 as a team on Tuesday to match the best round of the day at Michigan’s Wolverine Intercollegiate. The Rockets concluded the event in ninth place with a 54-hole score of 27-over par 879 (304-295-280).

Sophomore Otto Black led the Rockets today with a career-low four-under par 67 thanks to five birdies and just one bogey. Black finished at seven-over par 220 (76-77-67) for the tournament to tie for 28th place. Junior Chris Selfridge was UT’s top individual by tying for ninth place at one-over par 214 (73-70-71) for the 13th Top 10 showing of his career.
Junior Jamie Richardson tied for 24th place at six-over par 219 (74-73-72), while junior Nate Gonring tied for 48th place at 14-over par 227 (81-75-71). Gonring fired a career-best even-par 71 today highlighted by an eagle on the par-five, 570-yard No. 3 hole. Freshman Jon Ransone rounded out the Rocket lineup at 28-over par 241 (82-76-83) to place 59th in his collegiate event.
Sophomore Thomas Shindler competed as an individual and placed 60th at 32-over par 245 (83-79-83).
Michigan State captured the tournament title at one-under par 851, two strokes in front of Lamar (285-288-280=853) and five ahead of the host Wolverines (288-285-283=856). San Jose State’s Cody Blick shot an even-par 71 today and captured medalist honors with a 10-under par 203 (68-64-71).

- The Miami University men’s golf team finished eighth in The Wolverine Intercollegiate Tournament Tuesday.  The RedHawks shot a final round of 11-over par 295 to finish the tournament 19-over par with a final score of 871. Michigan State ended up winning the tournament with a final round of four-over par 280 to finish with a score of one-under par 851.

Junior Luke Shaughnessy and sophomore Jack Sparling both tied for ninth place in the tournament after shooting one-over par with a final score of 214.
Senior Mark MacDonald and junior Scott Cahill also had a tie, both placing 37th after shooting nine-over par with a final score of 222. Sophomore Daniel Schwarz tied for 46th after shooting 13-over par with a final score of 226.
The Miami University men’s golf team will be traveling to Zionsville, Ind. to participate in the Wolf Run Intercollegiate Tournament this coming weekend. 


Eastern Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (
– The Eastern Michigan University men's golf team concluded the Wolverine Intercollegiate at the University of Michigan Golf Course Tuesday Sept. 17, finishing fifth overall in its first fall outing of the 2013-14 season.

EMU posted a final round score of 282 to go with their 581 from the previous two rounds to finish with an 863 (+11) for the two-day event. The Eagles were three shots away from tying Xavier for fourth place and 12 strokes behind tournament champion, Michigan State, who captured the Wolverine Intercollegiate shooting a three round total of 851 (-1).
The Eagles were led by sophomore Stuart Grehan (Tullamore, Ireland-Colaiste Choilm), who tied for the best third round score with a 67, finished fifth overall, shooting a 211 (75-69-67) for three rounds. Senior Brian Churchill-Smith (Oakville, Ontario-Canada-Oakville Trafalgar) dropped down to tie for 24th overall, shooting a 219 (70-71-78), while Josh Heinze (Plymouth, Mich.-Plymouth) finished with a 220 (75-71-74), tying for 28th overall.
Sophomore Brett White (Kentwood, Mich.-East Kentwood) and freshman Kyle Rodes (Plymouth, Mich.-Plymouth) rounded out the scoring for Eastern as White finished 36th overall with a 221 (77-75-69) and Rodes capped off his first collegiate tournament with a 226 (81-73-72), tying for 46th overall. Playing as an individual, junior Michael Blair (Ancaster, Ontario-Ancaster Secondary-Pfeiffer) tied for 28th overall, shooting 220 (77-72-71) through three rounds.
Eastern Michigan will be back in action on Monday, Sept. 23, when they travel to South Bend, Ind. for the Fightin' Irish Gridiron Classic.