UC Tied for Fourth after 18 Holes at League Tournament

April 27, 2014

Live Scoring

The University of Cincinnati men’s golf team is tied for fourth place after first-round action Sunday at the American Athletic Conference Championship at the Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course (par 71; 7,125 yards) in Palm Harbor, Fla.

Cincinnati posted an 8-over par 292 to tie ninth-ranked Houston for fourth behind tournament leader and No. 7 UCF (1-under 283), No. 31 SMU (3-over 287) and No. 30 USF (6-over 290). No. 46 Memphis is sixth at 14-over 298 and No. 56 Louisville is seventh at 15-over 299. The Bearcats entered the tournament listed 95th in the nation.

UC juniors Jared Howard (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome High School) and Baxter Reeves (Montgomery, Ala./Brewbaker Tech/Central Alabama CC) are tied for sixth in the player standings after posting 1-over 72 scores. Howard and Reeves were both at even par at the turn. Howard finished his round with 12 par scores and three birdies while Baxter posted par on 11 holes and recorded a trio of birdies.

The duo is among seven players five strokes behind tournament leader Linus Vaisanen of UCF
at 4-under 67.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled with the way Jared Howard and Baxter Reeves performed today,” UC head coach Doug Martin said. “Both were not feeling well today, but they displayed a lot of mental toughness and fought throw it to post a great round. They are tough kids that know how important it is for our program to play well this week.”

Freshman Jared O’Kelley (Canton, Ga./Creekview High School) and junior John Michael O’Toole
(Pinson, Ala./Pinson Valley High School/Central Alabama CC) are tied for 18th place at 3-over 74. Sophomore Emerson Newsome (Dacula, Ga./Mill Creek High School) shot a 7-over 78 and is tied
for 41st.

“We’re off to a good start,” Martin said. “This is a challenging course, but it sets up well for us. We struggled early with some three putts on our first six or seven holes before we were able to adjust to the speed of the greens.

“This course requires a lot of patience. There are not a lot of birdie opportunities so players have to be willing to compete for each other for 54 holes.” 

Second-round action begins Monday at 8 a.m. ET. Follow live scoring at Golfstat.com. The final round is Tuesday.