Men's Golf in Ninth Place After Day One of the Talis Park Challenge|
March 16, 2014
NAPLES, Fla. - The University of Cincinnati men’s golf team completed rounds one and two at the Talis Park Challenge in Naples, Florida on Sunday afternoon. The Bearcats played two 18-hole rounds on a day where the weather presented its challenges.
After rounds one and two, UC sits in ninth place out of the 14-team field and only one stroke behind Miami University. Cincinnati shot a 305 in the first 18-hole round before carding a 310 in the second round. No. 18 Vanderbilt University leads the team standings at 4-under 283-289=572.
Junior Jared Howard (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome) led the way for the Bearcats and is tied for 29th place after carding rounds of 74 and 78. In the first round, Howard started 2-over after the first four holes, but the junior was able to bounce back and play even-par the rest of the way.
Freshman Jared O’Kelley (Canton, Ga/Creekview High School) had the biggest turnaround for UC, rebounding from a first round 80 to shoot a 75 in the second round. In round number two, O’Kelley started off with a bogey before reeling off ten straight pars. He finished the round at 2-over-par to card a 74.
UC Junior Baxter Reeves (Montgomery, Ala./Central Alabama CC) is tied for 35th after he posted scores of 76-78=154. Junior John Michael O’Toole (Pinson, Ala./Central Alabama CC) fired a 76-79=155 and is tied for 39th place, while sophomore Emerson Newsome (Dacula, Ga./Mill Creek High School) is tied for 61st after he posted rounds of 79-83=162.
“Today was a challenging day from the very start,” UC head coach Doug Martin said. “The conditions were very difficult with high winds and extremely fast greens. We have no excuses other than we played poorly. Anytime you play in the wind it presents challenges. I have felt this to be one of our weaknesses and it was exposed today.”
“Tomorrow is a new day and we must come out fighting. The same conditions are expected tomorrow.”
Follow the tournament live at www.birdiefire.com. The two-day tournament will conclude on Monday afternoon.