Sophomore Emerson Newsome led all UC players taking 17th place at last year's Bearcat Invitational.
Oct. 6, 2013
The University of Cincinnati men's golf team plays host to the Bearcat Invitational, Oct. 7-8, at Traditions Golf Club (par 72, 7,100 yards) in Hebron, Ky.
The 54-hole tournament begins Monday at 11:30 a.m. ET. The shotgun start was pushed back later in the morning due to inclement weather over the weekend. The second round will start on Monday and restart Tuesday at 9 a.m. Final-round play will start following the conclusion of second-round action on Tuesday.
UC will field a Red and Black team in the tournament and compete against 14 other schools: defending tournament-winner Austin Peay, Belmont, Cleveland State, Dayton, Detroit, Eastern Kentucky, Marshall, Morehead State, Northern Kentucky, Oakland, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Tennessee Tech, Wright State and Youngstown State.
"We've got a very good, solid field," UC head coach Doug Martin said. "We've got a lot of good teams coming here to play that should make for a competitive event. We are excited to be hosting."
The Bearcats are coming off the program's first tournament victory since 2008, winning the Cleveland State Invitational, Oct. 1. UC carded a 29-under par 281-275-279=835 to claim the team title by 28 strokes over tournament host Cleveland State.
UC junior Jared Howard (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome High School) registered his best career finish at the collegiate level, taking second place at 9-under 69-68-70=207. He fell one stroke shy of Loyola-Chicago's Nick Dennis, who won medalist honors at 10-under 71-66-69=206.
All five Bearcats finished in the Top 25 of the individual standings.
"I think putting our win behind us and focusing on this tournament is something the kids have done a good job with the whole week," Martin said. "We've had a really good week of preparation. I like their attitude. They realize that, yes we won the last tournament, but there will be a new winner this week and we want to play well at our home event."
UC has played well in every tournament this fall season, finishing among the Top 5 teams in each of its three events.
Howard leads the squad with a 70.4 stroke average this season, posting seven rounds below par.
Junior Baxter Reeves (Montgomery, Ala./Brewbaker Tech/Central Alabama CC) is second with a 70.5 stroke average. He owns six rounds of below-par play this year. He finished fourth at the Cleveland State Invitational following a career-best 7-under 69-71-69=209.
There is no live scoring for the Bearcat Invitational.