Men's Golf To Play In Final BIG EAST Tune-Up

April 8, 2006

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SETTING THE SCENE: The University of Cincinnati men's golf team will compete in its final tune-up for its first-ever BIG EAST Championship, playing in the Billiken Invitational on April 10-11. The 54-hole, two-day tournament will be played at the Gateway National Links in Madison, Ill. and be hosted by Saint Louis. It is the last tournament for the Bearcats before the BIG EAST Championship on April 23-25.

ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT: The 2006 Billiken Invitational will be played on Monday and Tuesday, April 10-11 at the Gateway National Golf Links in Madison, Ill. Play begins at 7:30 a.m. CT each day, with 36 holes scheduled for the first day and the final 18 on day two. A total of 14 teams will be on hand for the event, including UC, host Saint Louis and the defending champions Austin Peay. Other tournament participants include Bradley, DePaul, Evansville, Lindenwood, Murray State, North Dakota State, Tennessee-Martin, Tennessee Tech, UMKC, Western Illinois and Wisconsin-Green Bay. Austin Peay won the 2005 edition of the event by 22 strokes over Western Illinois, while the Bearcats finished tied for 13th.

LAST TIME OUT: UC's Geoff Newman and Otterbein's Zach Sebert met in a play-off hole and a birdie by the Cardinals' Sebert made him the winner of the UC/UD Invitational at Hueston Woods Golf Course. Newman matched his day one score of 76 to end the tournament at 152. Sebert carded a 74 on Tuesday to post an identical score and force the extra hole.

The team standings showed Otterbein on top by a convincing 12 strokes over Dayton. The Cardinals posted a tournament-best score of 303 in the final round to end at 620. The Bearcats improved its opening round score by five strokes to 615, but still fell to fourth in the team standings.

Newman ended the tournament as UC's only top-10 finisher. Sophomore Luke Underhill just missed a top-10, tying for 11th after a second round 80 to score a 159.

ANOTHER WINNER: Joe Young has been hot lately, posting UC's best finish in two of the team's last three 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. Newman was nearly victorious again at the UC/UD Invitational, falling in a play-off hole to finish second overall.