Men's Golf Carries Momentum To EKU Invitational

March 29, 2006

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SETTING THE SCENE: The University of Cincinnati men's golf team continues its spring season this weekend, competing in the Eastern Kentucky Spring Invitational at the Arlington Golf Course in Richmond, Ky. The two-day, 54-hole event will take place beginning on Friday, March 31. UC enters the event on a high note, having won the rain-shortened Butler Spring Invitational on March 20, behind the play of individual medalist Joe Young.

ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT: A total of 12 teams will try to unseat defending champion Eastern Kentucky as the top team, when EKU hosts its own Spring Invitational this weekend. The two-day tournament begins at 8 a.m. on Friday, March 31 with 36 holes and will conclude a day later with the final 18 holes, again starting at 8 a.m. Joining UC and EKU in the tournament field are Austin Peay, Centre, DePaul, IPFW, IUPUI, Malone, Northern Illinois, Oakland, Tennessee Tech, Wright State and Youngstown State. EKU won last season's rain-shortened event by a single stroke over Tennessee Tech, while the Bearcats finished tied for 13th.

LAST TIME OUT: Behind career-best rounds from Joe Young and Paul Marshall, the Bearcats took the team title at the Butler Spring Invitational. The Bearcats shot a combined score of 300 to secure a two shot advantage over the University of Indianapolis. Due to the threat of inclement weather, the tournament was reduced to just 18 holes. Young won the individual title after shooting a personal-low round of 70. Marshall, playing just his third round of collegiate golf, shot a 73 to finish tied for third. Senior John Clodfelder also finished in the top-20, tied for 18th after a round of 78.

ANOTHER WINNER: Joe Young has been hot lately, posting UC's best finish in each of the team's last two tournaments. The junior enjoyed a career day at the Butler Spring Invitational on March 20, as he not only shot a career-best 70, but he also picked up his first individual title. Young becomes the second first-time winner on the Bearcat roster this season, joining classmate Geoff Newman. Newman fired a career-low 69 to share medalist honors at the Krump Kup on Oct. 6, 2005.

CAN'T WAIT TO GET HOME: The Bearcats will play host to a tournament this spring, joining Dayton as the hosts for the second annual UC/UD Men's Invitational. Originally scheduled to be played one day in Cincinnati and one day in Dayton, the tournament will now take place at Hueston Woods in Oxford, Ohio on April 3-4.