Sept. 22, 2013
The University of Cincinnati men's golf team plays its second fall tournament of the season when it competes at the Cardinal Intercollegiate, Sept. 23-24, at the Cardinal Club in Simpsonville, Ky. The 54-hole tournament features 36 holes on Monday followed by the final 18 holes on Tuesday.
The Bearcats are coming off a second-place finish in their fall season opener at the Marshall Invitational on Sept. 9-10. It marked UC's highest tournament finish since 2009 as the Bearcats carded a 279-287-292=858 at the Guyan Golf and Country Club in Huntington, W.Va., to finish three strokes behind the champion, Richmond.
Junior Jared Howard (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome High School) led UC with a career-best 3-under par 69-69-72=210 to tie for sixth place. Four other UC players finished among the Top 25 in the individual standings.
The 15-team field at the Cardinal Intercollegiate hosted by Louisville also includes Austin Peay, Dayton, Eastern Kentucky, Francis Marion, Furman, McNeese State, Mercer, Murray State, Northern Kentucky, UT Martin, Western Carolina, WKU and Wright State. The Bearcats finished 14th in the tournament in 2012. The Cardinal Club features a par-72 layout that stretches 7,036 yards.
"The guys have been working hard since our last tournament," UC head coach Doug Martin said. "In fact, they were ready to get right back on the road after we played at Marshall.
"The Cardinal Club has been a course that we have not performed very well on in the past," Martin said. "I've made the guys very aware of that. We need to go there with a little hop in our step and be ready to compete."
Howard, along with Emerson Newsome (Dacula, Ga./Mill Creek High School), John Michael O'Toole (Pinson, Ala./Pinson Valley High School/Central Alabama CC), Baxter Reeves (Montgomery, Ala./Brewbaker Tech/Central Alabama CC) and Blake Hamilton (Union, Ky./Ryle High School) will compete for UC at the Cardinal Intercollegiate. Freshman Jared O'Kelley (Canton, Ga./Creekview High School) will participate in the tournament as an individual.
Live scoring will be available at birdiefire.com.
PUTTING PERFORMANCE HELPED KEY STRONG SHOWING AT MARSHALL
From an X's and O's standpoint, Martin singled out UC's improved putting in the Bearcats' fall opener as a key reason for better individual and team scores. Players have taken part in numerous putting drills both during the summer and since returning to campus for the fall semester.
The hard work appears to be paying off.
"In our first tournament, we had five guys average 30 putts or less which has been one of our team goals for the year," Martin said. "The tour average is somewhere in the 29.6 or 29.7 range. That's something that we need to continue to maintain.
"We've talked about when you have a good putting team you can erase a lot of the errors you make along the way. If you are a poor putting team, your margin for error is very small."