April 9, 2013
WEST POINT, Miss. – University of Cincinnati freshman Emerson Newsome shot a final-round even-par 72 to claim medalist honors Monday after finishing with a career-best 6-under 67-71-72=210 at the three-round Old Waverly Collegiate Championship at Old Waverly Golf Club.
Newsome finished one shot ahead of Georgia State’s Jonathan Grey (69-74-68=211) and the UAB duo of Wilson McDonald (70-70-71=210) and Thomas Sutton (72-68-71=211). The first-place finish is Newsome’s first in only nine collegiate tournaments and marks the first tournament win by a Bearcat since Joe Young won the 2007 LaRosa’s Collegiate Cup.
Newsome started the tournament strong with a career-best 5-under 67 in the opening round Monday morning with five birdies and no bogeys. He followed in the afternoon with a second-round 1-under 71, making par on 17 of the 18 holes with only one bogey.
Newsome overcame bogeys on two of his first four holes on Tuesday thanks to a 1-under 35 on the back nine holes to card an even par 72 during the final round.
“It’s pretty awesome (winning the tournament),” Newsome said. “We had a solid 10 days of preparation leading up to this tournament and I was able to work on my short game and putting.
“During the first round I was able to hit a lot of good shots, make some key putts and stay confident,” Newsome said. “I was a bit nervous coming down the back nine (today) but having (UC head coach Doug Martin) there by my side really calmed my nerves. He really helped me decide on certain shots and made sure I was focused and committed on every shot.”
The Bearcats registered their best team finish of the season, taking fifth place in the 14-team field with an 8-over 284-308-296=888. Tournament host and 28th-ranked Mississippi State (287-288-292=867) outlasted UAB (286-290-291=867) in a playoff for the team title.
UC freshman Blake Hamilton (68-85-73=226) and fellow Bearcat sophomore Jared Howard (71-75-80=226) tied five other players for 34th place. Senior David Tepe tied for 41st place with a 79-77-71=227 while sophomore Michael Wolf finished 76th at 78-86-83=247.
“This is such a huge momentum changer for our team,” Martin said. “I’m really happy for Emerson. He’s a great kid with great leadership potential. He really had to close the deal on a difficult stretch of holes. He stayed focus and finished with two great shots and two nice putts on the 18th hole for the win.”
UC will next compete at the BIG EAST Championship April 28-30 in Orlando, Fla.