Sept. 27, 2011
SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. – University of Cincinnati junior David Tepe (Liberty Township, Ohio/Lakota East) tied for 15th place with a 145 after carding a final-round 2-over par 74 Tuesday at the Cardinal Intercollegiate at the Cardinal Club Golf Course.
Tepe ended the tournament eight shots behind medalist Nicklaus Benton of Arkansas-Little Rock, who registered a 7-under par 137.
The finish continues a string of strong performances for Tepe dating back to last season with five Top 30 scores in UC’s last six tournaments. He is coming off a career-best three-round 214 tie for 25th place at the Marshall Invitational on Sept. 13 in UC’s first tournament of the fall season. He owns nine Top 25 finishes in his career.
“David is becoming a very stable performer and doing some great things for us,” UC head coach Doug Martin said. “He’s been playing very well dating back to last spring.”
The Bearcats finished 16th in the team standings with a 607 score. Arkansas-Little Rock won the team title at 573.
UC sophomore Spencer Mellon (Oakmont, Pa./Central Catholic) tied for 54th place after a 79-74=153. Freshman Jared Howard (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome) at 75-82=157 and senior Kurt Harris (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome) at 81-76=157 tied for 74th place. Junior Andrew Desmarais (Union, Ky./Ryle) tied for 78th at 78-80=158.
Junior Zach Bates (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Kenston), playing unattached, carded an 80-79=159 to tie for 83rd.
“In order to have a good team you have to have three consistently good scorers and we have one at this point,” Martin said. “We need others to jump on board. We’ve got a small margin of error right now and when we eliminate some of our mistakes, we’ll be a better team.”
The Bearcats next compete at the Cobra-Puma Invitational, Oct. 2-3, at Miromar Lakes Golf Club in Miromar Lakes, Fla. The event is hosted by Xavier.