April 7, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – An early morning frost delayed the start of the Rutherford Intercollegiate Saturday. As a result, the teams were unable to complete 36 holes before darkness hit. Through the first round, Miami was in eighth place with a team score of 26-over par. It was a tightly bunched competition, as the RedHawks are only nine shots out of the lead, held by George Mason at 17-over par.
"Today was incredibly difficult, condition-wise," said head coach Zac Zedrick. "The wind was up out of the northwest and the course continued to get firmer as the day went on. We definitely left some shots out there in the morning, but I'm proud of how we competed in the afternoon. The wind was gusting over 25 mph most of the afternoon, but the boys fought hard and managed to get everything they could out of the second round. Since one group didn't finish, I have no idea where that puts us in relation to the rest of the field, but I have a feeling we made a little bit of a move."
The freshmen led the way for Miami during the opening round. Scott Cahill had the best score on the day for the Red and White. He was tied for 12th after shooting a five-over par 76. Luke Shaughnessy was right behind him with a 77. He was tied for 22nd. Brantley Kushner shot a seven-over par 78 and was tied for 35th.
With a frost expected again tomorrow, teams will not resume the second round until 10 a.m. Upon completion, they will finish the event with one final round of 18 holes.
"I think not knowing exactly where we're at heading into tomorrow is a good thing," said Zedrick. "It's pretty tightly bunched and the forecast is going to be similar, so we're just going to focus on competing like we did during the second round and see where that puts us at the end of the day."