DADE CITY, Fla. - After a nearly four-month break, the Miami University men's golf team is ready to resume its season with the spring portion of the schedule. The team is traveling down to Dade City, Fla. to take place in the second annual Mid-American Match Play Championship on Monday and Tuesday. The tournament takes place at the Lake Jovita South Course.
Head Coach Zac Zedrick is excited to see the team back in action after the long break for winter.
"I'm really excited to finally get back out on the golf course and compete," said Zedrick. "The preparation the last three weeks has been great and the boys are really amped up to get going again."
Eight different Mid-American Conference schools will participate in the match play championship. Joining Miami are Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Ohio and Toledo (Despite the presence of only MAC schools, this is not a conference sponsored event and is hosted by Ball State).
The first round of the Mid-American Match Play will see Miami take on Eastern Michigan in the morning. The winner will take on the winner of the Ball State vs. Ohio match in the afternoon. The losers will proceed to the consolation rounds, as all eight teams will have three matches at the event. The third match will take place on Tuesday morning. Schools will compete in teams of six with the seeds determined by their current GolfStat rankings. For example, the RedHawks' Mark MacDonald will be Miami's number one seed and will face Eastern Michigan's top seed in round one. Each of the six matches is worth one point to the winner. If the competitors end up all-square after 18 holes, each school receives ½ point. The school with the most points after the six matches wins. In the event of a tie, the team that won their individual matches by the highest total of holes will move on.
In addition to redshirt junior MacDonald, representing Miami at the tournament (in seed order) are senior Brett Tomfohrde, junior Austin Kelly, sophomore Scott Cahill, senior Ben Peacock and freshmen Jack Sparling.
"Lake Jovita is an excellent golf course and match play is a very different, but really fun format," said Zedrick. "Going head-to-head against an opponent is something we don't do very often and I think it's a format we'll thrive under. It will be great to go down there, test ourselves, and see where we're at early in the spring."
Live scoring for the event will be available at www.ballstatesports.com.