Junior Baxter Reeves led the Bearcats, tying for third-place at the Cardinal Intercollegiate.
Sept. 24, 2013
University of Cincinnati junior Baxter Reeves (Montgomery, Ala./Brewbaker Tech/Central Alabama CC) posted a 2-under par 70 Tuesday to finish at 4-under 70-72-70=212 to tie for third place at the Cardinal Intercollegiate at the Cardinal Club (par 72, 7,036 yards) in Simpsonville, Ky.
Reeves was 3-under on the back nine with birdies on Nos. 13, 16 and 17 to highlight his 2-under 70 final-round score. Reeves climbed from fifth place in the individual standings entering the day. He ended the tournament tied with Louisville’s Antoine Le Saux (70-70-72=212) for third place. Western Carolina’s J.T. Poston claimed medalist honors in the 84-player field with a 9-under 68-70-69=207 while McNeese State’s Hampus Bergman took second at 5-under (67-70-74=211).
“Baxter had a solid tournament and was able to do a lot of very good things,” UC head coach Doug Martin said. “This is his second tournament at the Division I level and you can tell he’s getting more comfortable on the course. He drove the ball very well in all three rounds.”
Reeves was one of three Bearcats to finish in the top 15 of the individual standings. Sophomore Emerson Newsome (Dacula, Ga./Mill Creek High School) registered his second career Top-10 finish taking eighth with an even par 67-72-77=216. His opening-round 67 tied a career-best. Junior Jared Howard (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome High School) matched Reeves for UC’s best final-round score at 2-under 70 on Tuesday to complete the tournament in 12th place at 1-over 76-71-70=217.
UC finished fifth in the 15-team field at 9-over 290-293-290=873. It marks the third consecutive Top 5 regular-season tournament finish for the Bearcats, dating back to a fifth-place finish at the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship last spring. The Bearcats opened the 2013 fall schedule by tying for second at the Marshall Invitational on Sept. 10.
Host Louisville won the team title at 4-under 284-283-293=860. Mercer was second at 2-over 298-284-284=866. Austin Peay took third at 5-over 291-283-295=869. Furman finished fourth, one stroke ahead of the Bearcats, at 8-over 295-292-285=872.
“We’re getting closer,” Martin said. “The biggest thing to take a look at is our unforced errors. We had 54 birdies in three rounds – probably the best of any team in this tournament. We’ve got to shoot better scores if we’re making that many birdies. When we do that, we’ll have a chance to be really good.”
The Bearcats finished ahead of 10 squads in the team standings: Francis Marion (sixth at 298-288-295=881), McNeese State (seventh at 296-290-298=884), Eastern Kentucky (eighth at 297-296-293=886), UT Martin (ninth at 296-300-296=892), Murray State (294-296-307=897), Dayton (tied for 11th at 294-306-298=898), WKU (tied for 11th at 300-309-289=898), Western Carolina (tied for 11th at 288-306-304=898), Northern Kentucky (14th at 303-305-308=916) and Wright State (314-305-307=926).
Other UC players competing included junior John Michael O'Toole (Pinson, Ala./Pinson Valley High School/Central Alabama CC), who finished in 60th place at 77-81-74=232, and sophomore Blake Hamilton (Union, Ky./Ryle High School), who ended 63rd overall at 79-78-76=233.
UC freshman Jared O'Kelley (Canton, Ga./Creekview High School) played the tournament as an individual, tying six other players for 52nd place at 75-78-77=230.
The Bearcats play their third tournament of the fall season at the Cleveland State Invitational on Sept. 30-Oct. 1.