Jared Howard Wins Metropolitan Amateur|
June 28, 2014
CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati senior Jared Howard (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome) claimed the Greater Cincinnati Metropolitan Amateur Championship on Saturday outlasting Ed Steiber in 19 holes at the match-play event at the Stillmeadow Country Club.
Howard built a two-hole advantage after winning the seventh and 10th holes to move 2 up. Steiber rallied to win holes No. 14 and 16 to pull even. After both players record par scores on the next two holes, Howard won the event with a par on the 19th hole while Steiber managed a bogey.
“It was a mental grind playing today, having played 90 holes of golf this week,” Howard said. “I hit the ball pretty straight and tried to put pressure on my opponent today.”
Howard was seeded No. 33 in the 64-player match-play event after he posted a 6-over 150 in the two-round qualifier on Monday and Tuesday.
Howard, representing Traditions Golf Club, edged Gordon Willins 6 and 5 in the first round on Wednesday. He defeated top-seed Michael Schmidt 3 and 1 in the second round and edged Matt Kern in in 19 holes in the round of 16 on Thursday.
Howard won a 23-hole match against eighth-seed Matt Wetterich in the quarterfinals Friday morning and topped fifth-seed Rod Chappell 1 up in semifinals in the afternoon.
“It's awesome to be able to win this event,” Howard said. “It’s exceeded every expectation I had coming in. I’m proud I was able to stand in there mentally on every shot I played.”
Howard’s run through the tournament marks the third consecutive year a Bearcat has reached the finals of the Metropolitan Amateur. Former UC player David Tepe lost in the final round during the 2012 and 2013 events.
Howard led the Bearcats last season with a school-record 72.86 stroke average. He also set the school mark for most rounds of par of better scores with 17 and for most birdies in a season with 113. He posted four top-10 finishes in 12 tournaments, including a career-best second-place finish at the Cleveland State Invitational (9-under par 270) during the fall season.
The 2013-14 Bearcats ended their season as the nation's most improved team, climbing 123 spots from the 2012-13 year-end GolfStat rankings to finish inside the Top 100 for the first time in school history. The squad registered nine top-5 finishes in 12 tournaments.