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MU prepares for Boilermaker Invitational

By Justin Maskulinski
On April 18, 2014

After a low finish in the Robert Kepler Invitational, Miami University's men's golf team will head to West Lafayette, Ind. for the Boilermaker Invitational.

The 'Hawks hit the links Saturday and Sunday and senior Mark MacDonald said the RedHawks will use their 14th place finish last weekend as a tool for this weekend.

"I think the biggest thing is that we use [the Robert Kepler Invitational] as a preparation for this week," MacDonald said. "We each have something we need to work on to try to get better."

The 'Hawks were able to end their previous tournament on a high note after recovering from a Saturday where they struggled.

"I think rebounding after [Saturday] and playing much better [on Sunday] is definitely a step forward," Miami head coach Zac Zedrick said. "We played a really hard golf course last week, and we will play a golf course that is as difficult, or maybe more so next week. That's going to be the best preparation we can get to get ready for our conference championship."

The last time the 'Hawks golfed in back-to-back weekends, they finished fifth in a 27-team field at the Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate in Williamsburg, Va.

MacDonald said the 'Hawks can benefit from the short turnaround.

"I actually think that the fast turnarounds are usually a good thing," MacDonald said. "We had a pretty quick turnaround a couple weeks ago, and I think that we benefitted from it... It's easier to get on a roll a little bit. Even if you didn't play well in the previous tournament, it's easy to turnaround kind of quickly and get ready for the next one. Everything is still fresh in your mind. Competition is a great thing."

The 'Hawks were able to hang tough in the Robert Kepler Invitational, as they played against five nationally ranked teams.

Georgia Tech took the crown, shooting six-over-par as a team. The fifth-ranked Yellow Jackets had all five of their golfers in the top-20 individually.

The spring season for the RedHawks has not followed any certain pattern. During the fall season the RedHawks improved exponentially in every single tournament.

In the spring the RedHawks began with Mid-American Conference match play, where they won two matches and lost one.

After MAC play, the 'Hawks finished seventh out of nine teams and 10th out of 14 teams in consecutive tournaments.

The next tournament was the aforementioned fifth out of 27, the highpoint of the season thus far.

Although there is not a particular pattern appearing this season, MacDonald said the 'Hawks preparation is not likely to change as the MAC tournament draws near.

"This week will be similar to other weeks," McDonald said. "We need to work on an individual basis, we need to find what we can do individually to get better. We'll be ready to go this weekend."

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