Sept. 10, 2013
Junior Jared Howard (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome High School) tied for sixth place, carding a career-best 3-under par 69-69-72=210, and three other teammates finished among the Top 25 as the University of Cincinnati men's golf team tied for second place Tuesday at the Marshall Invitational at Guyan Golf and Country Club in Huntington, W.Va.
UC's tie for second place in the team standings at 279-287-292=858 is the program's highest in a tournament since finishing second at the Telich/Sunlife Financial Invitational on Sept. 29, 2009. The Bearcats ended Tuesday's tournament three strokes behind team champion, Richmond (287-277-291=855).
Howard finished three shots behind event medalist Danny Pizetoski (68-69-70=207) of Richmond.
"Jared played well enough to win the tournament," UC head coach Doug Martin said. "He hit a lot of great shots, but didn't convert as many putts as he would have liked. Overall, he's made great strides both mentally and physically since last season."
Three other Bearcats joined Baxter among the tournament's top 25 finishers led by junior transfer Baxter Reeves (Montgomery, Ala./Brewbaker Tech/Central Alabama CC), who tied for 14th place at 1-over 67-73-74=214. Junior transfer John Michael O'Toole (Pinson, Ala./Pinson Valley High School/Central Alabama CC) at 70-75-73=218 and sophomore Blake Hamilton (Union, Ky./Ryle High School) at 73-70-75=218 tied for 24th place. Sophomore Emerson Newsome (Dacula, Ga./Mill Creek High School) tied for 69th place at 77-78-73=228. UC freshman Brennan Walsh (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder High School) played the event as an individual and fired a 2-under 69 in the final round to tie for 24th overall at 76-73-69=218.
"No one was able to get anything going today and when we had opportunities, we weren't able to capitalize on them," Martin said. "But overall I'm pleased with how we have started the fall season. The mood on the team right now is down a little bit. We finished tied for second but we also realize what we could have done. I've never had a group as hungry to get better as these guys and that's very important."
The Bearcats next travel to Simpsonville, Ky., for the Cardinal Intercollegiate Sept. 23-24.