NAPLES, Fla. – Playing in nearly 40 mile per hour wind gusts, the Miami University golf team finished in a tie for 10th place Monday after the final round of the Talis Park Challenge. The RedHawks shot a third round score of 316 to finish at 66-over par for the tournament. Vanderbilt won the event at seven-over par.
"This was a great experience for our team this past week, easily the most difficult conditions we've played in all year and probably the last two seasons with winds gusting to 30 yesterday and 40 today,” said head coach Zac Zedrick. “What's unfortunate is that each round we played our way into fourth or fifth place, only to struggle coming in. I believe in this team, we just need to keep giving ourselves opportunities to perform well and we'll start finishing these rounds off."
Junior Scott Cahill shot a final round of five-over par 77 on Monday to lead Miami individually at 12-over par for the tournament. He tied for 20th place overall. After a 78, sophomore Jack Sparling was right behind Cahill in a tie for 25th at 13-over par.
Senior Mark MacDonald tied for the low round of the day for the RedHawks with a 77. He finished the tournament at 15-over par in a tie for 30th. Freshman Jared Hammons tied for 59th at 27-over par, while senior Austin Kelly was tied for 67th at 32-over par.
Miami returns to action this Sunday through Tuesday when it participates in the Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate. The RedHawks will play one round of 18 holes each day during the event.