O'Toole Leads Men's Golf at USF Invitational|
March 2, 2014
University of Cincinnati junior John Michael O’Toole (Pinson, Ala./ Central Alabama CC ) fired a career-best 4-under par 68 to tie four other players for eighth place in first-round action Sunday at the USF Invitational at the Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club (par 72, 7,153 yardage) in Dade City, Fla.
O’Toole made three birdies and shot a 3-under par on his first nine holes, the back nine on the course, then later birdied his final hole at No. 9. He recorded par scores on the other 14 holes. He trails tournament leader Roy Dixon of UNC Greensboro, who carded a 9-under 63.
The Bearcats are tied for 13th in the team standings with DePaul and Eastern Michigan at 5-over 293. The tournament features seven teams ranked in the Golfstat Top 40 rankings. However, unranked UNC Greensboro is tied with No. 20 Florida State atop the team leaderboard at 13-under 275.
UC junior Emerson Newsome (Dacula, Ga./Mill Creek High School) posted a 2-over 75 and is tied for 55th place. Freshman Jared O’Kelley (Canton, Ga./Creekview High School ) recorded a 3-over 75 and is tied for 65th place. Junior Jared Howard (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome High School ) is tied for 75th after a 4-over 76 and junior Baxter Reeves (Montgomery, Ala./ Central Alabama CC) is tied for 86th at 7-over 79.
"Today was a tough day," UC head coach Doug Martin said. "We did a poor job of executing our game plan. I am very happy for John Michael. A bogey free 68 really kept us alive today.
"The good thing is we have 36 more holes to redeem ourselves. In a field this difficult, we must eliminate unforced errors. It was great for our team to see this today. Tomorrow is a new day and we must come out firing."
Follow the tournament live at Golfstat.com. The three-day tournament continues with second-round play on Monday morning.