May 3, 2012
SUGAR GROVE, Ill. – It’s time for the annual Mid-American Conference Championship Tournament, as the Miami University men’s golf team will challenge the other eight MAC schools for the league title and an automatic berth in the NCAA Regional Tournament. This year’s tournament is hosted by Northern Illinois at the Rich Harvest Farms Golf Course in Sugar Grove, Ill. The 72-hole event will feature the teams playing 36 holes on Friday, followed by single rounds of 18 holes on Saturday and Sunday.
The RedHawks have already competed at Rich Harvest Farms once this season, opening the year at the Northern Intercollegiate, Sept. 10-11. Miami placed 13th at that event. Rich Harvest Farms has a par of 71 and plays long at 7,445 yards. It was recently ranked 58th in Golf Digest’s list of top 100 golf courses in the United States.
“The past month has had its share of challenges, but I believe a more resilient team has emerged,” said head coach Zac Zedrick. “Rich Harvest Farms is one of those golf courses where you need to see it a few times, as there are a number of holes that can be deceiving. Although we could have played better, it was incredibly valuable to compete there and I think that experience will help us immensely this weekend.”
After several rounds of qualifying, Coach Zedrick has the five person team that will represent Miami at the MAC Championship. They are juniors Ben Peacock and Brett Tomfohrde, sophomore Mark MacDonald and freshmen Luke Shaughnessy and Scott Cahill. They will face a field that features the other eight schools in the MAC that sponsor golf; Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Northern Illinois, Ohio and Toledo.
“I’m excited to see what this young team is capable of doing this weekend,” said Zedrick. “The boys are relaxed and in a good frame of mind, exactly where we want to be.”
Live stats for the MAC Championship are available at the link above.