DADE CITY, Fla. – The Miami University golf team split its two matches Monday at the Mid-American Match Play Championship. The RedHawks lost their first round to Xavier University, 4.5-1.5, but came back to win round two against Bowling Green, 5.5-0.5.
Junior Luke Shaughnessy won his match against Xavier with a 3 and 2 decision over Matt Gerard. Junior Scott Cahill finished his 18-hole match at all squared with Yuki Kato, earning half a point for the RedHawks. Freshman Jared Hammons and sophomore Jack Sparling fell to their opponents, Matt Wetterich beating Hammons 6 and 5, and Korey Ward beating Sparling 5 and 4. Senior Mark MacDonald lost 1-Up to Tanapol Vattanapisit, while senior Austin Kelly was beat by John Burger 4 and 3.
Coming back strong in the afternoon, the RedHawks swept five of the six matches against Bowling Green. Shaghnessy completed his strong day with a 5 and 4 win against Josh Bialecki. Sparling and MacDonald each won their matches by a 2 and 1 score, with Sparling defeating Chris Melvin and MacDonald defeating Holden Pahr. Cahill and Kelly also won their matches by a 3 and 2 score, with Cahill beating Brett Rinker and Kelly beating Ryan Triller. Hammons finished his match at all squared with Joe Cooper, gaining half a point for Miami.
"I think there was a lot of good that came from today. The loss against Xavier was tough. A couple of our guys who lost really played okay but ran into a couple of their guys who were between five and seven-under,” said coach Zac Zedrick. “I was pleased with how we bounced back against Bowling Green. We took the lead early and never let go. I like what I'm seeing from a confidence standpoint too, we’re carrying ourselves with a lot of confidence and self-belief, which is everything in this game."
Miami will continue play at the Mid-American Match Play Championship where they will take on Toledo in the fifth-place match Tuesday morning.