Men's Golf Weekly Recap

Updated 10/23/2013

Thursday - Sunday, October 18-20


Kent State

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Kent State closed its fall schedule with a 2-over-par 290 in the final round of the U.S. Collegiate Championship to finish in 13th place in the 15-team event held at the Golf Club of Georgia.
The 19th-ranked Golden Flashes shot 17-over-par (296-295-290–881)over the tournament's three rounds. No. 5 Oklahoma won the tournament at 15-under par, beating tournament host and No. 2-ranked Georgia Tech.
"We played quite a bit better today than we did in the first two rounds," said Kent State head coach Herb Page. "We played the par-3's fabulously. And unlike us, we didn't play the par-5's well or we would have had a great score. This wasn't a great week for us, but I'm proud that our kids don't quit."
Senior Kyle Kmiecik led the way for Kent State, shooting a 1-under-par 71. He birdied the 584-yard 18th hole to match his opening-round 71 and post his team's highest finish for the week in a tie for 23rd place at even-par (71-74-71–216).
Fellow senior Corey Conners (72-76-73–221) shot a 1-over-par 73 in the final round to close in a tie for 39th. Senior Taylor Pendrith (76-74-72–222) and sophomore Jake Troyer (77-71-74–222) tied for 44th at 6-over for the weekend. Pendrith shot an even-par 72 in the final round while Troyer carded a 74.
Freshman Josh Whalen (82-78-78–238) tied for 77th.
Kent State returns to action March 3-4 when it travels to Wilmington, N.C. for the Davidson College Invitational.
"We'll get off the turf after this one," said Page. "We'll get up and we'll have a lot of things to work on over the winter. Our schedule is only 40-percent done. If I look back over the five tournaments we played, I'd give us a pretty good grade. A good, solid B with room to improve."

Sunday - Tuesday, October 20-22

OBX Tournament   FINAL RESULTS   Individual Results

Bowling Green

POWELLS POINT, N.C. –  The Bowling Green State University men's golf team finished 10th at the ODU/OBX Tournament with a 54-hole score of 869 (299-289-281) on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 22). The Falcons saw improvement each day as the team saved their best for last. VCU won the tournament with an impressive 54-hole score of 843 (-9).
BGSU was led by senior Chris Melvin and freshman Brett Rinker. Rinker, who carded a final round 67 (-4), fell four strokes shy of the school record (63). His 54-hole total of 211 (71-73-67) was one of the best in BGSU history, and his best in his early Falcon career. For his efforts he finished tied for eighth among the 93-player field.
Meanwhile, Melvin, who improved in each round at the Kilmarlic Golf Course over the three days, carried his hot play into the final round and fired a new career-low 68 (-3). The score was five shots from the school record as his 54-hole card of 211 (73-70-68) tied his lowest total in his career. Melvin found himself in a tie for eighth with fellow classmate, Rinker, finishing the final two rounds under-par.  
Junior Joe Cooper also saved his best for the final round. Cooper fired a final round 72 (+1), tying his career-low. For the tournament, Cooper saw his score drop by three shots in each of round. The steady play helped Cooper total a 54-hole card of 225 (78-75-72). The consistent play helped him finish tied for 60th in a field that featured 18 teams.
Fellow junior classmate Ryan Triller also competed for Bowling Green in the 54-hole event. Triller shot a final round of 76 (+5), carding a final total of 225 (77-72-76). The total tied him with Cooper in 60th place overall.
Freshman Jose Narro rounded out the five competitors that competed over the week for the Orange and Brown. Narro finished the tournament with consistent play, finishing the tournament with consecutive 74's. giving him a final total of 226 (78-74-74).
BGSU will be back in action next week, as they will travel to Lake Charles, LA to play in the Quail Valley Invitational. It will mark the final fall tournament for the Falcons.


Monday - Tuesday, October 21-22

Pinetree Intercollegiate   FINAL RESULTS


KENNESAW, Ga. – The University of Akron men's golf team concluded its fall schedule on Tuesday, posting a fourth-place finish at the 2013 Pinetree Intercollegiate on the par-72, 7,108-yard Pinetree Country Club.
The Zips posted a round of 20-over 308 to finish 12 shots off the pace with a three-round score of 20-over 884. Tournament-host Kennesaw State won the event for a second-consecutive year (872, +8).
Akron was paced by sophomore Ryan Harris, who finished in a tie for second place with a 54-hole score of 215 (-1). He closed play with a round of 7-over 79 on Tuesday.
Joining Harris in the top-25 was teammate Charlie Bull, who finished tied for sixth place (217, +1) following a round of 1-over 73.
Carr Vernon missed a top-25 finish by one stroke, closing play in a tie for 26th place (225, +9) after carding a 6-over 78.
J.B. Williams ended the event in a tie for 35th place with an overall score of 11-over 227. He posted a round of 6-over 78 during the final round.
Chandler Morgan rounded out the scoring-five in a tie for 55th place with a 54-hole tally of 238 (+22). He concluded the day with a 9-over 81.
The Zips return to action in the spring when they travel to Mobile, Ala., on February 17 for the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate.


Ball State

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Keegan McKinney and McCormick Clouser posted top-15 finishes and the Ball State men’s golf team moved up one spot Tuesday in the last round of the Pinetree Intercollegiate.
The Cardinals finished their final event of the fall season in a ninth-place tie with Samford. They shot 303 over the closing 18 holes to end with a three-round score of 908 (+44).
McKinney closed with a 74 to move into 14th place individually, marking his best career finish for the second week in a row. The freshman from Avon, Ind., and reigning MAC Golfer of the Week posted a 54-hole total of 5-over par 221.
Clouser shot a final-round 76 at Pinetree Country Club and ended up one stroke behind McKinney in a tie for 15th, matching his best finish of the season.
Tournament host Kennesaw State came from four shots back entering the day to win by eight with a 54-hole score of 872 (+8). Winthrop (+16) and Louisville (+19) finished second and third, while overnight leader Akron (+20) dropped to fourth.
Winthrop’s Taylor Dickson came from seven shots behind on the individual leaderboard to take medalist honors at 3-under par.
In addition to McKinney and Clouser, Ball State also counted a 76 from James Blackwell and a 77 from Zach Yinger in the final round. Blackwell tied for 40th overall with a three-round total of 229. Tyler Merkel finished at 238, while Yinger came in at 243.
Tyler Ostrom, playing as an individual, turned in Ball State’s second-best score of the final round with a 75 and joined Yinger with a 243 total for the tournament.
McKinney’s tie for 14th marked his third top-25 result in six events this season. He was the top finisher for the Cardinals in each of the last two fall tournaments.
Ball State will now break from competition until the spring season. The Cardinals are slated to return to action Feb. 10 when they will host the Mid-American Match Play at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club in Dade City, Fla.

Northern Illinois

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The Northern Illinois University men’s golf team finished the fall portion of its schedule on Tuesday at the Pinetree Intercollegiate at Pinetree Country Club. The Huskies moved up one position in the team standings to finish 11th overall in the tournament. 
Host Kennesaw State claimed the tournament team title for the second consecutive year, posting a 54-hole team total of 872. Winthrop’s Taylor Dickson earned individual medalist honors with a three-round score of 213, three-under par. 
“We struggled with the management of a very good golf course,” said NIU head coach Tom Porten. “It was a perfect day, no wind, hard setup, great hole locations. We have to become a more disciplined team if we are going to where we need to be to be competitive. We just get greedy when we shouldn’t and it cost us a bunch of shots early. Today was about management and putting, we had putted much better than we did at Erin Hills but then today we three-putted about 13 holes.”
Junior Liam White (Waukegan, Ill./Carmel Catholic/Indian Hills CC) posted the best round of the day for NIU with a 79. White was just two-over par after the back nine, his first nine of the day, before giving away a handful of stroke on the front side. White finished with a birdie on the par-five ninth hole. White finished the tournament in a team-best 54th place, moving up two places on the final day of competition.
Freshman Pierrick Fillon (Voreppe, France/Lycee Pierre Beghin) was just one stroke behind White in Tuesday’s final round and freshman Caulen Coe (Gulf Stream, Fla./University of Nebraska Independent School) was one stroke behind Fillon. Coe claimed the second-highest finish for NIU, earning a tie for 60th. 
“It was disappointing to end the fall not playing our best round,” said Porten. “Our guys players learned a lot of hard lessons this fall and we have a lot of work to do through the end of this semester and before the spring begins.”
The completion of the Pinetree Intercollegiate wraps up the fall portion of the 2013-14 schedule for the Huskies. NIU will return to action in the spring, beginning at the Snowman Getaway in Goodyear, Ariz., Feb. 24-25. 


Georgetown Intercollegiate   FINAL RESULTS


BEALLSVILLE, MD – Junior Chris Selfridge cane within two strokes of defending his individual title on Tuesday at the Georgetown Intercollegiate. Selfridge’s play helped the Rockets tie for fourth place at the par-71, 6,862-yard Members Club course at Four Streams for their best showing of the fall season.
Selfridge carded a one-under par 70 today to finish the 54-hole event with a two-under par 211. UAB’s Paul Dunne earned medalist honors at four-under par 209 (69-69-71).
Sophomore Otto Black also posted a Top 10 finish for UT, tying for seventh place at one-over par 214 (69-71-74). Junior Nate Gonring recorded the best finish of his Rocket career by tying for 21st place at 14-over par 227 (73-75-79). Rounding out the Toledo lineup were sophomore Thomas Shindler (T-55th/76-81-75=232) and junior Jamie Richardson (T-60th/79-81-75=235).
Senior Oliver Holtsberry competed as an individual and tied for 43rd place at 15-over par 228 (78-76-74).
Toledo will open its spring season at the Mid-American Match Play event in Dade City, FL on Feb. 10-11.


BEALLSVILLE, Md. -The Miami University men’s golf team tied for fourth place along with University of Toledo in the Georgetown Intercollegiate Tournament this week. The RedHawks ended the tournament with a final round of 28-over par and a final score of 880. UAB won the tournament after shooting five-under par with a final score of 847. Miami actually outshot the ninth-ranked Blazers by five shots in the final round.
Sophomore Jack Sparling tied for 12th place at four-over par after shooting a final round of 68, finishing with a score of 217. Junior Scott Cahill who tied for 20th place after shooting 8-over par with a final round of 72 finished with a final score of 223.  Close behind was junior Luke Shaughnessy who tied for 21st place after shooting 9-over par with a final round of 70, finishing off the tournament with a final score of 222.
Senior Austin Kelly tied for 24th place after shooting 11-over par, shooting a 72 in the final round for a final score of 224. Senior Mark MacDonald shot 15-over par with a final round of 75 and a final score of 228, tying him for 43rd place.
The Miami University men’s golf team takes a break for the rest of the fall, picking back up in February for the Mid-American Match Play Tournament.