RedHawk golfers start strong, tee up Wolf Run
Published: Thursday, September 13, 2012
Updated: Thursday, September 13, 2012 21:09
The Miami University men’s golf team started the 2012-2013 season strong, finishing the Marshall Invitational in fourth place Tuesday. The ’Hawks beat out squads including Ohio University, the University of Toledo, Wright State University and Xavier University.
The RedHawks shot a 284 final round score of 1 over par and shot 10 over par as a team for the tournament, just nine strokes out of second place.
Senior Brett Tomfohrde led the RedHawks with an even score of 213, good enough to tie for 12th individually. Tomfohrde also shot a 3 under par 68 in the second round Monday, the best round of any RedHawk in the tournament. Junior Austin Kelly shot a 4 over par 217, finishing tied for 24th. Senior Ben Peacock, redshirt junior Mark MacDonald and sophomore Scott Cahill all finished the tournament with an eight-over par 221, tying for 44th overall.
Tomfohrde said in addition to a good attitude brought into the tournament by the players and Head Coach Zac Zedrick, the team was really just ready to be back playing as a team.
“It feels good to get back out there in competition,” Tomfohrde said. “All of us had that itch to get back on the course. Coach [Zedrick] thought we did very well. [It’s] always nice to beat a rival squad like Xavier [too].”
The senior was equally ecstatic about his 11th place finish, though he got off to a rocky start.
“[The] first round was frustrating,” Tomfohrde said. “I made some bad decisions mentally and it cost me a few shots. But the final round got off to a good start, and it was overall a good tournament for myself. And I thought we did a really good job [as a team] finishing fourth.”
Peacock agreed with Tomfohrde and said the team is heading in the right direction.
“I was a little disappointed with my performance,” Peacock said. “But at the same time, it was good to see our team coming in with some birdies and finishing strong. I’m proud of the guys.”
The RedHawks only have a few days to prepare for their next tournament, The Wolf Run Intercollegiate in Zionsville, Ind. Tomfohrde is confident his team will be ready for their next challenge.
“We have an off day today, and then everyone will work on what they think they need to work on from Marshall,” Tomfohrde said.
Peacock looks forward to playing a top rated course and seeing what his team can do as they enter the second competition of the year.
“I’ve never seen Wolf Run before, and I’m excited to play it,” Peacock said. “A lot of people say it’s one of the best courses in the country. As for us, we just need to keep it up and keep the same mindset. We went into Marshall with more confidence than we did in the spring of last year. We can do some pretty cool things if we play good golf.”
The Red and White open play with 36 holes at Wolf Run Saturday, finishing with a final round of 18 holes Sunday.