Men's Golf |
April 29, 2014
University of Cincinnati junior Baxter Reeves (Montgomery, Ala./Brewbaker Tech/Central Alabama CC) fired a final-round 2-under par 69 Tuesday to finish 14th at even par 218 at the American Athletic Conference Championship at the Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course (par 71; 7,125 yards) in Palm Harbor, Fla.
Reeves (72-77-69=218) registered four birdies, including three in his first nine holes to make the turn at 3-under. He posted par on 12 holes during the round. His final-round score tied for his best of the spring season. He also posted a 69 in the first round of the Bluegrass Invitational on April 12.
SMU’s Bryson Dechambeau won medalist honors at 7-under 70-68-68=206.
Cincinnati bounced back from Monday’s 306 team score to post its best round of the three-day event, a 5-over 288 on Tuesday. The effort helped the Bearcats climb one spot in the team standings to sixth at 292-306-289=887. UC finished behind tournament winner No. 31 SMU (287-286-285=858), No. 7 UCF (283-289-291=863), No. 9 Houston (292-286-288=866), No. 30 USF (290-289-288=867) and No. 56 Louisville (299-281-290=870). No. 46 Memphis was seventh at 298-295-302=895.
“I challenged the team pretty hard after Monday’s round,” UC head coach Doug Martin said. “Deep down inside they knew they were better than how they performed on Monday and they needed to just move past it. I’m really proud with how they responded.”
UC freshman Jared O’Kelley (Canton, Ga./Creekview High School) recorded his second consecutive Top 20 finish, tying for 19th at 9-over 74-75-73=222. He tied for 10th place at even par 216 at the Bluegrass Invitational on April 13.
Bearcats junior Jared Howard
(Dublin, Ohio/Jerome High School) ended the tournament tied for 26th place at 12-over 72-79-74=225. Junior John Michael O’Toole tied for 37th place at 74-82-73=229 while sophomore Emerson Newsome
tied for 39th at 78-75-77=230.
The tournament wraps up the 2013-14 season for Cincinnati. The Bearcats made significant progress during the year, finishing among the Top 5 in the team standings in nine of 12 tournaments – a program best.
“This has been a great year for us,” Martin said. “This is the first year we’ve had a full set of scholarships and it allowed us to take the program to another level. We’re still not there yet, but we’ve opened some eyes. Our guys have learned a lot this season. It’s been very positive.”