April 12, 2014
The University of Cincinnati men’s golf team tallied a 5-under 284-287=571 Saturday to rank third after two rounds at the Bluegrass Invitational at the University Club (par 72; 6,992 yards) in Lexington, Ky.
It marks Cincinnati’s lowest score after two rounds in any tournament this season. The Bearcats trail tournament leader, 33rd-ranked Kentucky (13-under 280-283=563) by eight strokes. Auburn, ranked No. 26 in the nation, stands third in the 13-team field at 5-under 284-287=571.
“We were able to do some really good things today,” UC head coach Doug Martin said. “There were some par 3s that were difficult to play, but overall I’m proud of the team. They have a lot of determination and never give up.”
Cincinnati is led by sophomore Emerson Newsome (Dacula, Ga./Mill Creek High School) who has posted below-par scores during each of his last three rounds dating back to Tuesday’s final round 2-under 70 in the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship. His 4-under 69-71=140 score is tied with Eastern Kentucky’s Patric Sundlof (4-under 69-71=140) for fifth place.
Newsome is four strokes behind Auburn’s Matt Gilchrest (8-under 68-68=136) and Louisville’s J.D. Lehman (8-under 70-66=136) who are tied for the tournament lead.
Bearcats junior Baxter Reeves (Montgomery, Ala./Brewbaker Tech/Central Alabama CC) is two strokes behind Newsome, tied for ninth place at 2-under 69-73=172. Junior Jared Howard (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome High School) is tied for 14th at 2-over 75-69=144.
“Emerson had a solid ball striking day for us,” Martin said. “He has played well for the past two weeks and is really finding his rhythm. He was able to capitalize on some outstanding iron shots near the flag. I also think Jared Howard and Baxter Reeves are starting to find their stride and do some good things as well.”
UC junior John Michael O’Toole (Pinson, Ala./Pinson Valley High School/Central Alabama CC) at 5-over 75-74=149 and freshman Jared O’Kelley (Canton, Ga./Creekview High School) at 71-78=149 are among five players tied for 36th position. Junior Michael Wolf (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller High School) is competing in the event as an individual. He is in 64th place at 80-75=155.
Final-round action begins Sunday at 8 a.m. ET. Cincinnati will be grouped with Kentucky and Auburn and is scheduled to tee off beginning at 9:30 a.m. Live scoring is not available for this tournament.
“Anytime you shoot under par as a team is a good day,” Martin said. “Now we have the opportunity to have a great experience on Sunday playing with two teams ranked in the Top 30.”