Doug Martin is in his fifth year as head coach of the Bearcats and has been with the program since the 2006-07 campaign.
Aug 20, 2013
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A mix of quality returning players coupled with an influx of gifted newcomers has University of Cincinnati men's golf coach Doug Martin eagerly anticipating the coming 2013-14 campaign.
Though UC said goodbye to David Tepe who graduated this past summer after finishing first at the BIG EAST Championship and qualifying for the NCAA Championship, the Bearcats look to build off a solid freshman season from Emerson Newsome (Hoschton, Ga./Mill Creek) as well as promising summer results from junior Jared Howard (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome) and senior Spencer Mellon (Oakmont, Pa./Central Catholic). Newcomers freshman Jared O'Kelley (Canton, Ga./Creekview), junior John Michael O'Toole (Pinson, Ala./Pinson Valley HS/Central Alabama CC), junior Baxter Reeves (Montgomery, Ala./Brewbaker Tech/Central Alabama CC) and freshman Brennen Walsh (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) also showed promising finishes this summer and will bring that wisdom to the Bearcats.
"The players we have returning have all improved and did some nice things this summer," Martin said. "Our incoming class brings a lot of championship experience from both the high school and junior college levels."
Newsome proved to be the Bearcats most consistent player last season, finishing first on the team in five tournaments and completing the year with a squad-best 75.18 stroke average. He won the very competitive Old Waverly Collegiate Championship with a career-best 6-under par 210. He also tied for 11th place at the BIG EAST Championship with a 218.
"Emerson really experienced what it took to win at the collegiate level last spring," Martin said. "I expect him to build on that performance this season."
During the summer Newsome qualified for the prestigious Dogwood Invitational and later finished second at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Invitational.
Howard also showed some potential when he advanced to the second round of match-play competition at the Greater Cincinnati Metropolitan match play event in June. Meanwhile, Mellon finished fourth at the Western Pennsylvania Amateur.
"Howard is a great at driving the golf ball," Martin said. He just needs to learn how to use that strength in his game. Mellon is one of our longest hitting players on the team who will improve his numbers when he drives the ball at a more consistent level."
O'Toole and Reeves helped lead Central Alabama Community College to the 2013 NJCAA Championship. O'Toole took medalist honors at the NJCAA Region XXII Championship. O'Toole and Reeves finished 32nd and 44th, respectively, at the national championship after helping guide their team to a No. 1 national ranking and seven tournament titles during the regular season. O'Toole earned honorable mention All-America honors while Reeves was tabbed to the All-Region XXII team.
O'Kelley earned medalist honors at the county and regional championships and finished eighth at the 2013 Georgia 7-A state championship. Walsh received all-conference accolades while averaging a 37.9 strokes average per nine holes - third-best in school history. He advanced to the semifinals of match-play competition at the Greater Cincinnati Metropolitan in June.
Another gifted newcomer is Chad Howard of Dublin, Ohio, who helped lead Jerome High School to the state championship in 2011 and 2012 and earned second team All-State honors in 2013.
"I expect tournament qualifying to be very competitive for this team and that's only going to help us continue to improve," Martin said. "The key to our success this year starts with our scoring clubs. We made great progress last year from 100 yards and in. We must continue to narrow the gap and make this a strong point of the team."
The Bearcats begin the fall season at the Marshall Invitational Sept. 9-10 in Huntington, W.Va. Later in the fall, UC plays host to the Bearcat Invitational on Oct. 7-8 at Traditions Golf Club in Hebron, Ky.