Sept. 9, 2013
University of Cincinnati junior Jared Howard (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome High School) carded back-to-back career-best rounds of 2-under par 69 Monday and is tied for fourth place at 69-69=138 at the Marshall Invitational at the Guyan Golf and Country Club in Huntington, W.Va.
The performance highlighted a standout team performance by the Bearcats who led the 15-team field with a 279 team score after the morning’s first round and finished the afternoon’s second round in second place at 2-under 279-287=566.
UC enters Tuesday’s final round two strokes behind tournament leader Richmond (287-277-564). Howard is three strokes behind two players leading the individual standings, William and Mary’s Alex Hicks (68-67=135) and Richmond’s Jack Wilkes (68-67=135).
“Jared is focused for us right now,” UC head coach Doug Martin said. “He really has a great understanding of what he needs to do and that's being patient with the course.”
Two other Bearcats are listed among the top 20 players through the second round. Junior Baxter Reeves (Montgomery, Ala./Brewbaker Tech/Central Alabama CC) carded the best first-round score of the tournament with a 4-under 67 and enters the final round tied for ninth at 2-under 67-73=140. Sophomore Blake Hamilton (Union, Ky./Ryle High School) is tied for 17th place at 1-over 73-70=143.
UC junior John Michael O’Toole (Pinson, Ala./Pinson Valley High School/Central Alabama CC) posted a 70-75=145 while teammate freshman Brennen Walsh (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder High School) registered 76-73=149. Sophomore Emerson Newsome (Dacula, Ga./Mill Creek High School) recorded a 77-77=154. Individual rankings for O’Toole, Walsh and Newsome were not available Monday night.
“Our team really did a good job of grinding it out and working hard on a hot day,” Martin said. “They showed a lot of mental toughness and were smart and patient on the course today. Now we have a great learning opportunity Tuesday when we enter the final round with a chance to win the tournament.”
Final-round action begins at 8 a.m. ET.