Oct. 8, 2013
Bearcat Invitational Final Results
HEBRON, Ky. – Junior Baxter Reeves (Montgomery, Ala./Brewbaker Tech/Central Alabama CC) carded a 5-under par 70-73-68=211 Tuesday to tie for second place and the University of Cincinnati men’s golf Red team registered its course-record 7-over 288-297-286=871 to take third at the Bearcat Invitational at Traditions Golf Club (par 72; 7,100 yards).
Reeves’ final-round 68 tied for the 2013 tournament’s best single-round score and gave him his third consecutive Top 5 tournament finish this fall. He tied for second in the 80-player field with Tennessee Tech’s Mitchell Thomas (68-71-72=211), one stroke shy of tournament winner Brian Anania (72-70-68=210) of Marshall.
“Baxter is a solid player,” UC head coach Doug Martin said. “He keeps knocking on the door to win tournaments and winning is going to come. It’s just going to come down to eliminating a couple of mistakes.
“He is a very good player who plays with a lot of confidence and belief in himself. I’m happy as can be for him.”
The second round started on Monday but was halted due to darkness. Play resumed Tuesday at 9 a.m. and the Bearcats Red team was slow out of the gate, finishing 9-over par on their final nine holes of the second round.
However, UC rebounded from its worst single-round team score of the fall (297 in the second round) with a 2-under 286 in the final round to climb from sixth to third place in the 16-team field. Austin Peay won the tournament for the third consecutive year with a 2-under 285-288-289=862. Marshall was second at 3-over 287-284-296=867.
“Austin Peay was an NCAA Championship qualifier last year and has returned all but one player and we were right there as a team,” Martin said. “We continue to still make mistakes we cannot make. We three-putted a few times. We made poor club choices. If we want to be a great team, we have to fix those mistakes.”
Like Reeves, freshman Jared O'Kelley (Canton, Ga./Creekview High School) was steady in all three rounds, taking 12th place at 2-over 72-74-72=218. Sophomore Emerson Newsome (Dacula, Ga./Mill Creek High School) earned his best score of the tournament in the final round, a 1-under 71, to tie for 24th place at 6-over 75-76-71=222. It marked his third consecutive Top 25 finish. Other Red squad team finishes include junior John Michael O'Toole (Pinson, Ala./Pinson Valley High School/Central Alabama CC) tying for 28th at 7-over 74-74-75=223 and junior Jared Howard (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome High School) tying for 49th at 72-78-79=229.
The finish was UC's fourth in the Top 5 of the team standings in as many fall tournaments. The Bearcats won the Cleveland Invitational (Oct. 1); tied for second at the Marshall Invitational (Sept. 10) and finished fifth at the Cardinal Intercollegiate (Sept. 24).
“To finish in the Top 5 of the team standings for the fourth consecutive tournament is a great step,” Martin said. “This is where I want the program to be. I want us to win championships and be more competitive in every tournament. I’m excited for the kids. They are really embracing this.”
UC’s black squad was led by sophomore Blake Hamilton (Union, Ky./Ryle High School) who carded a career-best finish, tying for 13th place following a career-best 4-over 74-76-70=220. Freshman Chad Howard (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome High School) tied for 57th place at 76-79-76=231 in his first collegiate tournament. Junior Michael Wolf (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller High School) tied for 68th at 82-74-74=234. Freshman Brennen Walsh (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder High School) tied for 70th place at 78-80-77-235. Sophomore Adam Millson (Florence, Ky./Randall U. Cooper High School) finished 74th at 73-82-84=239.
Tennessee Tech took fourth at 284-296-296=876. Belmont was fifth at 297-289-291=877. Youngstown State (295-289-301=885) finished sixth. Cleveland State (295-289-302=886) ended seventh. SIU-Edwardsville (298-299-296=893) and Northern Kentucky (299-299-295=893) tied for eighth. Eastern Kentucky (10th at 300-299-302=901), Detroit (11th at 301-301-301=903), Dayton (12th at 312-300-295=907), Wright State (tied for 13th at 298-303-307=908), Oakland (tied for 13th at 309-302-297=908), Morehead State (15th at 306-304-300=910) and Cincinnati’s black squad (16th place at 301-309-301=911) rounded out the field.
The Bearcats wrap up their fall season schedule this weekend at the Temple Intercollegiate, Oct. 12-13.