CARMEL, Ind. – The Miami University golf team had a great last day at the Mid-American Conference Championships after jumping up two spots in the standings to finish fifth among the nine-team field. Miami had the best round of all the teams Sunday after shooting a final round of 287, finishing with a final score of 1192 at 40-over par. Kent State won the tournament with a final score of 1155 at three-over par.
"I think we all feel mixed emotions about our performance this week,” said coach Zac Zedrick. “Today, obviously, was a fantastic round by the guys and we had the low team score of the day. On the other hand, it's definitely frustrating because we have that level of play within us every day, but we simply didn't get it done the first three rounds."
Junior Scott Cahill came back strong in his final round, finishing in tenth place and finishing highest for the RedHawks. Cahill shot a final round of 74 leaving him six-over par with a score of 294.
"Scott was solid all week for us,” said coach Zedrick. “I was especially impressed with how he finished today. “We needed him to hang in there to hold up the team score and he was one-under in his last six holes, really good stuff."
Behind Cahill was sophomore Jack Sparling who tied for 23rd place. Sparling finished his final round with a 72 leaving him with a final score of 301 at 13-over par. Senior Mark MacDonald came back with his best round of the tournament, shooting a 71 and leaving him 16-over par with a score of 304. MacDonald tied for 31st place and afterwards was named the winner of the annual Earl Yestingsmeier Sportsmanship Award.
"I was very happy for Mark to see him receive the Earl Yestingsmeier Sportsmanship Award,” said coach Zedrick. “Mark has represented Miami University and our team with class and integrity during his four years here. He was highly deserving of this honor."
Freshman Greg Conrad finished the tournament 18-over par with a final score of 306. After shooting a final round of 70, Conrad tied for 35th. Sophomore Daniel Schwarz tied for 37th at 20-over par. Schwarz shot an 84, leaving him with a final score of 308.