Men's Golf Prepares for Old Waverly Collegiate Championship|
April 6, 2014
The University of Cincinnati men’s golf team competes at the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship April 7-8 at the Old Waverly Golf Club (par 72, 7,088 yards) in West Point, Miss. The two-day event features 36 holes of action Monday followed by final-round play on Tuesday.
The 15-team field features 10 squads ranked in the Top 100 of the latest GolfStat rankings. Along with the Bearcats, the field includes No. 37 Memphis, No. 54 South Alabama, host No. 58 Mississippi State, No. 61 Chattanooga, No. 63 Southeastern Louisiana, No. 64 Troy, No. 70 Ole Miss, No. 74 Louisiana, No. 77 Florida, No. 84 Austin Peay, Charleston Southern, Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss and Wichita State.
Cincinnati has registered a pair of Top 5 finishes this spring, including last week’s effort at the Memphis Intercollegiate where the Bearcats tied for fourth with an 896 team score. However, UC head coach Doug Martin is looking for more consistent play from the Bearcats, who have also finished eighth and 12th in two other spring tournaments.
“It has taken a while for us to get our scoring skills back,” said Martin whose team registered Top 5 finishes in all five tournaments during the fall campaign. “The weather this spring has limited the amount of time we can spend outdoors practicing. We talk about our mistakes, but we haven’t had many chances to get on the course and work on them. It’s not for lack of effort. We’ve just had too many reps indoors.”
The Old Waverly tournament served as a springboard for Cincinnati last season according to Martin. The Bearcats registered their best team finish of the spring season, taking fifth place in the 14-team field. Emerson Newsome (Dacula, Ga./Mill Creek High School) led the way, claiming medalist honors with a 6-under par 67-71-72=210.
“The course sets up well for us,” Martin said. “We put a premium on driving the ball and playing in the fairway. It's a strength of this team and we’ve got to capitalize on it. I know Emerson is very excited to defend his title.
“This is the most competitive field we have played in this spring,” Martin said. “We’ll learn where we stand in the landscape with so many Top 100 teams in this field. Everyone is getting more comfortable and getting their games together. Eventually, we are going to break through.”
Junior Jared Howard (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome High School) leads the five Bearcats competing in Mississippi with a team-best 72.8 stroke average. Joining Howard are junior Baxter Reeves (Montgomery, Ala./ Central Alabama CC), junior John Michael O’Toole (Pinson, Ala./ Central Alabama CC), freshman Jared O’Kelley (Canton, Ga./Creekview High School) and Newsome.
Action begins Monday with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. ET. Follow the live scoring at BirdieFire.com.