Men's Golf Weekly Recap

Updated 9/24/2013

Saturday - Sunday, September 21-22

Wolf Run Intercollegiate  FINAL RESULTS
Northern Illinois

1. Illinois 282-281-281=844 (-5); 2. Auburn 297-294-286=877 (+25); 3. Kentucky 299-289-294=882 (+30); 4. Minnesota 301-298-295=894 (+42); 5. Indiana 303-298-295=896 (+44); 6. Miami (OH) 301-303-298=902 (+50); 7. Toledo 313-301-291=905 (+53); 8. Wisconsin 301-302-303=906 (+54); 9. Ohio 307-291-314=912 (+60); 10. IUPUI 317-309-290=916 (+64); 11. Illinois State 324-307-300=931 (+79); 12. Oakland 312-307-313=932 (+80); 13. IPFW 327-318-309=954 (+102); 14. Northern Illinois 328-324-316=968 (+116)

ZIONSVILLE, Ind. - The Ohio University men’s golf team shot a final round score of 314 Sunday en route to a ninth place finish at the Wolf Run Invitational at Wolf Run Golf Club in Zionsville, Ind.

Ohio shot a combined 912 (307-291-314, +60) for the tournament and fell from fourth place after two rounds to ninth after notching the final round 314.
Illinois won the event with a three-round score of 844 (282-281-281, -8). Two SEC teams rounded out the top-3. Auburn earned a second place finish with an 877, while Kentucky finished in third with an 882. Thomas Detry of Illinois was the individual champion carding a 209 (69-69-71, -4).
Freshman Peyton White (Huntersville, N.C.) saw great success for Ohio in just his second collegiate tournament. White earned his first career top-10 after finishing in a tie for seventh place with a three-round score of 219 (75-68-76, +6).
Junior Andrew Mlynarski (St. Michaels, Md.) followed White with a three-round score of 228 (75-76-77, +15) to finish t-37th. Senior Connor Coldwater (Clarks Summit, Pa.) then carded a 230 (80-72-78, +17) to end in a tie for 44th place.
Sophomore Brad Burgess (St Catharines, Ontario) and senior Bradley Lucas (Worthington, Ohio) rounded out the lineup for Ohio. Burgess carded a 241(82-75-84, t-62nd), while Lucas shot a 242 (77-82-83, t-64th).
Ohio will return to action at the Firestone Invitational Oct 7-8 in Akron, Ohio.
ZIONSVILLE, Ind. - The Miami University men’s golf team finished sixth at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate Tournament this weekend. The RedHawks ended the tournament with a final score of 50-over par, 902. Illinois won for the second year in a row after shooting an eight-under par and a final score of 844.
"This was definitely another week of progress for us," said head coach Zac Zedrick. "We're feeling more comfortable competing against strong teams on difficult golf courses with each week."
Senior Mark MacDonald tied for 16th place after shooting nine-over par with a final score of 222. Close behind was junior Scott Cahill who tied for 20th place after shooting 10-over par with a final score of 223. 
Freshman Jared Hammons tied for 33rd place after shooting 14-over par with a final score of 227 and junior Luke Shaughnessy tied for 51st after shooting 20-over par with a final score of 233.  Freshman Greg Conrad tied for 58thafter shooting 26-over par with a final score of 239.
"As long as we continute to learn from each event and apply it to how we're preparing and competing in the future, we'll be in great shape by the end of the spring," said Zedrick. 
The Miami University men’s golf team will be traveling to Akron, Ohio to participate in the Firestone Invitational October 7-8th.
Northern Illinois
ZIONSVILLE, Ind. – The Northern Illinois men’s golf team posted its best team round of the season in Sunday’s final round at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate. The Huskies closed the tournament with a third round score of 316, finishing in 14th place. 
Freshman Pierrick Fillon (Voreppe, France/Lycee Pierre Beghin) had the best round of the day for NIU, posting a final round 75 to finish in a team-best 54th place. Fillon bettered his own score in each round of the tournament. 
Illinois maintained its lead from day one, taking the Wolf Run Intercollegiate team title with a combined score of 844, eight-under par. Thomas Detry of the Fighting Illinois claimed the individual medalist honors with a four-under score of 209
“Overall, we took a baby step forward,” said NIU head coach Tom Porten. “We have a lot of work to do inside 100 yards but we are moving forward. You have to let this young team get experience and we are going to be better and better each time we play. 
“It is a really good golf course and our young players got some valuable experience playing our place (Rich Harvest Farms) and Wolf Run, two world-class venues to compete on. Unfortunately, it exposed some of what we don’t quite do well enough yet.”
Fillon’s 75 gave his a 54-hole total of 236, junior Liam White (Waukegan, Ill./Carmel Catholic/Indian Hills CC) had his best round of the tournament with a 77, tying for 67th with a three-round total of 244. White was tied with fellow Huskie, junior Nick Huggins (Marietta, Ohio/Marietta) who carded a final round 78. 
“Pierrick (Fillon) is getting much more comfortable with the style of golf course over here,” said Porten. “He is beginning to execute much more effectively with all phases of his game. Liam (White) was a little unlucky, he had a double and a late triple, outside of that he was much more in command of his long game. He hit the ball inside 15 feet the last four holes, but didn’t make any putts, the one green he missed he chipped in for birdie, so it was encouraging to see him start to play better and start to gain some confidence.”
NIU will return to action next week as the Huskies travel to Madison, Wis., to compete in the Badger Invitational. The three-day tournament will begin next Sunday, Sept. 29. 
ZIONSVILLE, IN – Toledo moved up two spots in Sunday’s final round to finish seventh at this weekend’s Wolf Run Intercollegiate. The Rockets shot a seven-over par 291 to finish the event hosted by Indiana University at 53-over par 905 (313-301-291) on the par-71, 7,155-yard layout at Wolf Run Golf Club.
Junior Chris Selfridge (79-74-71=224) and sophomore Otto Black (80-74-71=225) paced UT today with even-par 71s to finish tied for 22nd and 24th place, respectively. Junior Jamie Richardson was just two strokes behind Black and tied for 33rd place at 14-over par 227 (75-77-75), while junior Nate Gonring tied for 42nd place at 16-over par 229 (79-76-74). Junior Mike Lancaster was the final member of the Rocket lineup and alone 66th place at 30-over par 243 (83-79-81).
Sophomore Bobby Thomas competed as an individual and tied for 58th place at 26-over par 239 (80-81-78).
Illinois sophomore Thomas Detry captured medalist honors at four-under par 209 (69-69-71) to help the Fighting Illini run away with the tournament title by 33 strokes. Illinois had the four top individual finishers in the 78-player field.
Toledo returns to action next week when it travels to Birmingham, AL for UAB’s Shoal Creek Invitational on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1.


Sunday - Monday, September 22-23

Windon Memorial  FINAL RESULTS
Kent State

LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Kent State's men's golf team watched its overnight lead slip away while finishing second at the Windon Memorial Classic near Chicago.
After shooting 7-under-par during Sunday's first two rounds to take a three-shot advantage at the 7,202-yard, par-72 Knollwood Club, the Golden Flashes struggled to a 6-over-par 294 finish on Monday.
Tournament host Northwestern turned its three-shot deficit heading into the day into a three-shot win by shooting an even-par 288 in the last round to finish 4-under for the event.
"No excuses. We battled to the end and Northwestern just beat us," said Kent State head coach Herb Page. "It's frustrating when you get that close, but we just made some mistakes on the back nine. Sometimes you have to step back when you lose like this and take a look at the positives. The good news is that we beat a bunch of good, nationally-ranked teams, including Arkansas, and a lot of teams from the Big Ten. We also found some depth."
Seniors Kyle Kmiecik and Taylor Pendrith led the way for Kent State, both finishing tied for fifth place individually at 3-under par. Kmiecik (71-69-73–213) kept the Golden Flashes hopes alive late in his round with birdies at the par-4 13th and par-5 16th. Pendrith (70-71–72) added birdies at 16 and the par-4 closing hole to shoot the day's best round for Kent State at even par. 
Sophomore Kody Fry (71-73-74–218) finished in a tie for 19th place at 2-over for the event, while senior Corey Conners (71-78-75–224) struggled to a tie for 40th place at 8-over. Jake Troyer (79-73-82–236) finished tied for 82nd place at 18-over par.
"The depth we found this week is very encouraging," said Page. "Kyle Kmiecik worked his way back into the lineup and had one of his best tournaments ever. Hhe really looks like he has his confidence back. He was fabulous. He had his tempo going, and connectivity with his swing. He looked like the Kyle Kmiecik of old.
"Taylor Pendrith also had a great tournament, and then Kody Fry came in 19th in his first real tournament and against a very good field. Now we have some serious depth. We have to ask ourselves, who do we play now? It's awfully hard to take Kody Fry out of the lineup after he shoots those scores."
Kent State returns to action Sept. 29-30 with a trip to Ohio State's Scarlet Course for the Jack Nicklaus Invitational.


Monday - Tuesday, September 23 - 24

St. Mary's Invitational   FINAL RESULTS
Ball State

Ball State
SEASIDE, Calif. -- McCormick Clouser closed with a round of 1-under par 71 to lead the Ball State men’s golf team Tuesday in the final round of the Saint Mary’s Invitational.

The Cardinals posted a team score of 10-over 298 as a team as the action returned to the Bayonet Golf Course. After 54 holes over two days and two courses, Ball State finished in 15th place among the 19 teams in the field with a total score of 907.
California, last year’s top-ranked team that won an NCAA-record 12 tournaments, ran away with first place. The Bears were 10-under par for the tournament with a total of 854, topping second-place Oregon by 30 strokes.
San Diego was third as a team and also featured the individual medalist, Grant Forrest, who posted a one-shot victory at 7-under for the tournament. Cal’s Michael Weaver was second on a final leaderboard that had only four golfers in red figures.
Both of those players competed in major championships this year with Forrest playing in the British Open and Weaver playing in both the Masters and U.S. Open. They headlined a field that included 10 teams ranked among the top 100 nationally last season.
Clouser jumped 25 spots up the leaderboard and into a tie for 34th place Tuesday with his best round of the week. The junior, who overcame a triple bogey on his card by racking up six birdies on the day, finished with a 54-hole total of 8-over par 224.
Tyler Merkel ended up one shot behind Clouser in a tie for 38th in the field of 104 golfers. The senior carded a 73 in Tuesday’s round to close the tournament at 9-over 225.
The Cardinals also counted a 76 from Keegan McKinney and a 78 from James Blackwell on the final day. McKinney was steady all week on his way to a tie for 42nd, finishing one shot back of Merkel and two behind Clouser with a total of 226.
Blackwell ended with a three-round score of 235, while Jon Schram -- who shot 82 on Tuesday -- finished the tournament at 236. Quentyn Carpenter played as an individual this week, coming in a 239 after a final-round 83.
Ball State will conclude a busy stretch of four tournaments in four weeks when the Cardinals return to action Sunday at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational. The 54-hole tournament features another strong field and will be played over two days on the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio. 
California is again in the field next week along with teams from the Big Ten, ACC, Big 12 and SEC. Two other Mid-American Conference teams -- Kent State and Eastern Michigan -- will also be there.

SEASIDE, Calif. – The University of Akron men's golf team closed the 2013 Saint Mary's Invitational at the Bayonet (par-72, 7,104 yards) and Blackhorse (par-72, 7,024 yards) Golf Courses in 19th place on Tuesday.
The Zips finished the event with a 54-hole score of 926 (+62) following a final-round 307 (+19). California (854, -10) won the event by a large margin, posting a 30-stroke win over fellow Pac-12 foe Oregon (884, +20).
Senior Charlie Bull and freshman J.B. Williams led the way for the Zips, closing out the week in a tie for 62nd place with scores of 230 (+14). Bull posted a round of 9-over 81 while Williams carded a 78 (+6) during the final round..
Freshman Zach Gollwitzer, after a tough first round on Monday, posted his second-consecutive solid round, carding a 3-over 75 to finish tied for 82nd place (235, +19).
Sophomore Louis Birchall ended the day tied for 87th place (236, +20). He closed out the tournament with a final-round 78 (+6).
Sophomore Carr Vernon closed out the scoring-five in 104th place (247, +31) following a round of 76 (+4), his best of the tournament.
The Zips return to action on Oct. 7 when they play host to the Firestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

Fightin' Irish Gridiron Classic
Eastern Michigan

SOUTH BEND, Ind. ( -- Sophomore Stuart Grehan (Tullamore, Ireland-Colaiste Choilm) fired a two-under par 69 in the final round of the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic, Sept. 24, to finish in 16th place with a two-day total of 216 (71-76-69). As a team, the Eagles closed with their lowest round of the tournament to take eighth place with an 883 (295-300-288) on the par 71, 7,023-yard Warren Golf Course.
Grehan, the reigning Mid-American Conference Player of the Week, has led the Eagles in both tournaments so far this season while posting four rounds of par-or-better golf.
Houston ran away with the team title with a 54-hole score of  847, as Michigan State finished 15 strokes back with a 862.
Senior Brian Churchill-Smith (Oakville, Ontario-Canada-Oakville Trafalgar) continued his solid play with a final round 72 to finish thee tournament at 220 (77-71-72) in 25th place. Michael Blair (Ancaster, Ontario, Canada-Ancaster Secondary-Pfeiffer) and Josh Heinze (Plymouth, Mich.-Plymouth) followed with a 222 (74-73-75) and a 228 (73-80-75), respectively. Freshman Kyle Rodes (Plymouth, Mich.-Plymouth) rounded out the lineup with a 235 (78-85-72) in 71st place.
Playing as an individual, freshman Joseph Kremer (Toronto, Ontario, Canada-Senator O'Connor) notched a 227 (73-77-77) in 51st place.
Eastern Michigan wastes little time before getting back to work this weekend at the 2013 Jack Nicklaus Invitational, Sept. 29-30, hosted by Ohio State University.