April 8, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Miami University men’s golf team shot a final round score of 19-over par 303 on Sunday to finish fourth at the Rutherford Intercollegiate. The RedHawks improved four spots from their second round position for their top finish in a stroke play event this season. Miami finished at 65-over par for the event, 16 shots behind Bowling Green, which won at 49-over par.
The weather was treacherous during the entire tournament with cool temps and high winds affecting the scores significantly. A frost delay on Saturday did not allow for some teams to finish their second round, meaning they had to head back on the course before Miami (which had completed its second round before darkness fell the night before) could begin its final round.
“Today was just as demanding as Saturday afternoon, maybe more so with more difficult hole locations and the wind quartering out of a different direction," said head coach Zac Zedrick. "I think as a whole we handled it pretty well and it showed in us moving from eighth to fourth. We did have some moments where we got in our way a little bit and it ultimately kept us from having a really special round, something truly memorable. However, the fact that we’re growing and improving with every tournament has been great to see this spring.”
Luke Shaughnessy and Ben Peacock each finished in the top 10 individually for the RedHawks. Both finished the event tied for ninth at 14-over par. Peacock had the best round of the day for Miami with a one-over par 72. Shaughnessy shot a 74.
“I’m proud of how Ben fought back after a poor first round to come all the way back to finish in the top ten," said Zedrick. "And this was Luke’s best finish to date, so we’re continuing to show growth at the individual level, too. I’m particularly pleased with Luke’s play because mentally he was so consistent all week. He showed a lot of maturity and I’m excited about the progress he’s made this spring.”
Brett Tomfohrde shot a four-over par 75 on Sunday to finish tied for 19th at 17-over par. Scott Cahill finished tied for 43rd at 24-over par. Brantley Kushner rounded out Miami’s scorers by tying for 66th at 31-over par.
Miami will be back in action next weekend when it travels to Iowa City for the Hawkeye Invitational. The RedHawks will play 36 holes on Saturday, Apr. 14 and finish the tournament with one final round of 18 holes on Sunday, Apr. 15.