BLUFFTON, S.C. – The Miami University golf team finished seventh at the Colleton River Collegiate on Monday. The RedHawks shot a final round score of 21-over par 309 to finish the event at 43-over par. They were part of a tightly bunched pack that saw them finish only five shots out of fourth place. Winthrop won the tournament at 10-over par.

“Well, this wasn't the way we were looking to finish up our week,” said head coach Zac Zedrick. “We got off to a bit of a slow start, but hung in there and managed to put ourselves in a position to move up a couple of spots. The last three holes got us, though, plain and simple. Giving up 11 shots just isn't acceptable, no matter what time of year it is.”

Senior Mark MacDonald had the best round of the day for Miami, shooting a three-over par 75. He finished the event tied for 13th overall at seven-over par. After a round of 79 on Monday, sophomore Jack Sparling was the next best finisher for the RedHawks in a tie for 27th at 11-over par.

Junior Scott Cahill tied for 30th at 14-over par. Senior Austin Kelly tied for 33rd at 15-over par, while freshman Jared Hammons finished in a tie for 41st at 19-over par.

Freshman Greg Conrad played as an individual at the event and finished in a tie for 53rd at 37-over par.

It's a learning experience,” said Zedrick. “It's about how we respond and learn from the past couple of days. There were a lot of good things that I saw this week. Our short games were really sharp given how little we've been outside. We hit it well off the tee and there were several demanding tee shots on that golf course. There are definitely some things we need to tighten up, but I know we're on the right track.  We'll be tougher and better for this week by the time April rolls around."

Miami returns to action March 16-17 when it participates in the Talis Park Challenge in Naples, Fla.