Men's Golf Finishes Third at Bluegrass Invitational|
April 13, 2014
The University of Cincinnati men's golf team posted a third-round 7-over par 295 Sunday to finish third at 2-over par 284-287-295=866 at the Bluegrass Invitational at the University Club (par 72; 6,992 yards) in Lexington, Ky.
The Bearcats finished third in the 13-team field behind a pair of squads ranked in the Top 30 of the GolfStat national rankings. Tournament host No. 33 Kentucky won the team title after finishing at 12-under 852. No. 26 Auburn took third at 8-under 856.
The third-place finish marked Cincinnati's ninth Top 5 finish in 11 tournaments this year.
UC junior Jared Howard (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome High School ) recorded a 1-under par 71 on Sunday to finish tied for seventh at 75-69-71=215 to lead all Bearcats. It marks Howard's fifth Top 10 finish this year and his third of the spring season. He finished fourth at the Old Waverly Collegiate on Tuesday.
UC freshman Jared O'Kelley (Canton, Ga./Creekview High School) entered the day tied for 36th place but carded the best round of the tournament on Sunday, despite gusting winds, earning a 5-under par 67 to finish tied for 10th at even par 71-78-67=216. It marked the best tournament finish of his collegiate career.
"To see Jared O'Kelley shooting a 5-under par today in these conditions was pretty amazing," UC head coach Doug Martin said. "Jared Howard shot a solid 71, but no one else was able to get anything going. Sometimes that happens on a tough day like this."
Auburn's Matt Gilchrest won medalist honors at 9-under 68-68-71=207.
UC sophomore Emerson Newsome (Dacula, Ga./Mill Creek High School) earned his fifth Top 20 finish, tying for 12th at 2-over 69-71-78=218. Junior Baxter Reeves (Montgomery, Ala./Brewbaker Tech/Central Alabama CC) tied for 32nd at 69-73-83=225. Junior John Michael O'Toole (Pinson, Ala./Pinson Valley High School/Central Alabama CC) tied for 45th at 75-74-79=228.
Junior Michael Wolf (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller High School), who played the event as an individual, tied for 58th at 80-75-75=230.
"Playing in the last round with two of the top 30 teams in the country was a great experience for our guys," Martin said. "The conditions were extremely brutal today from both a wind standpoint and a hole-location standpoint, but I'm proud of their effort.
"To have nine Top 5 finishes is 11 events this season is unheard of in the history of this program," Martin said. "It's a credit to these kids and the fight that they have brought to the program. I'm thrilled with the progress this team has made in one calendar year."
Cincinnati will next compete at the American Athletic Conference Championship, April 27-29, in Palm Harbor, Fla.