April 6, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Miami University men's golf team begins a stretch of three straight golf tournaments at Big Ten Courses as it prepares for the upcoming Mid-American Conference Tournament. First up is the Rutherford Intercollegiate, hosted by Penn State on their Blue Course. The RedHawks will play 36 holes on Saturday, and finish the event with one final round of 18 holes on Sunday.

"I've never been to Penn State, so I don't have a lot of local knowledge on the golf course," said head coach Zac Zedrick. "However, I do know it's what you typically see in the Midwest: fairly tight off the tee, thick bluegrass rough and greens with some back-to-front pitch. If we give the practice round the respect it deserves on Friday, then we'll be ready to go.  From there, it's simply about being in the moment and each of the boys playing to his strengths for two days."

Representing Miami at this tournament will be juniors Ben Peacock and Brett Tomfohrde, along with all three freshmen, Scott Cahill, Brantley Kushner and Luke Shaughnessy. They will see a strong field that includes MAC rivals Bowling Green and Eastern Michigan. Also joining the RedHawks at the event will be host Penn State, along with Army, Canisius, Connecticut, Delaware, IUPUI, Rutgers, Saint Bonaventure, Towson and William & Mary. The field will face a course that is par-71 and plays 7,202 yards.

The MAC Championship is only a month away, May 4-6 in Sugar Grove, Ill. Zedrick knows that these next three tournaments will be key to preparing Miami for its biggest tournament.

"This is the start of our most demanding stretch of the season," said Zedrick. "We'll be competing in three consecutive tournaments at Big Ten schools against quality opponents. The golf courses and conditions we'll see will be very similar to what we'll face at the MAC Championship in May. The boys are ready to go and I'm excited to see how we compete."

There is no live scoring for the Rutherford Intercollegiate, but results and a full recap will be posted at the end of each day.