Bearcats Come From Behind, Win Cleveland State Invitational|
Sept. 25, 2007
CHARDON, Ohio---Through 36 holes, they trailed by four shots. Through 45 holes, they were nine back. But by tournament's end, the University of Cincinnati men's golf team had pulled off a great comeback, winning the Cleveland State Invitational by four shots on Tuesday at the Sand Ridge Golf Course.
UC shot a round of 292, tying for the lowest mark in the entire tournament to stake claim to its first team title of the 2007-08 season. Freshman Joe Kastelic continued his steady play in his collegiate debut, grabbing third place with a final round score of 74.
"Our guys really hung tough today," UC men's coach Doug Martin said. "With such a young group, I wasn't sure how they respond to being down. This is a prime example of never giving up and if you do, good things can happen."
Kastelic wasn't the only hero of the tournament for the Bearcats. Junior Blake Tucker and true freshman Kane Volsky both carded their best rounds of the tournament with identical scores of 71 in the finale. Tucker earned a 16th place finish, while Volsky was 23rd. Junior Albert Fernandez was the second-highest placed Bearcat finishing 12th.
UC and second place Loyola (Ill.) shot identical scores on Tuesday with the Bearcats scoring the four-shot win. Cleveland State, the leader through two rounds, imploded to a score of 304 to fall to third in the final standings. Geoff Mead of fourth place South Dakota State won individual medalist honors with a score of 213, one shot ahead of Youngstown State's Ryan Stocke. Kastelic finished three shots off the pace with a final tally of 216.
The Bearcats are back on the links on Oct. 1-2, competiting in the Xavier Invitational at the Oasis Golf Club in Loveland.
Final UC Individual Scores
Final Team Scores