BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Difficult and windy conditions sent scores higher for the entire field through two rounds of the D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate on Saturday. The Miami University men's golf team sees itself in eighth place currently with a team score of 42-over par. Several teams are tightly bunched together as the RedHawks are only three shots out of fourth place.
"I was definitely pleased with the way we competed, particularly in the morning," said head coach Zac Zedrick. "Winds were gusting at about 30 miles per hour and it frustrated a lot of players, but we managed to stay in the moment and not allow something we have no control over to get in the way. However, we were capable of performing much better. I think we were a little careful to try and not mistakes early on and that hurt."
Freshman Jack Sparling had a strong start to his collegiate career, shooting rounds of 74 and 76 in the windy conditions on the par-71 course. He is currently tied for 13th at eight-over par. Redshirt junior Mark MacDonald had the best round by a RedHawk on Saturday, shooting a two-over par 73 in the second round. Combined with his 80 in the first round, he is tied for 31st at 11-over par.
Miami will complete play at the D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate with one final round of 18 holes on Sunday.
"The goal for tomorrow is to continue to compete better than the rest of the field, but only be careful when it comes to our decision making," said Zedrick. "After the decision's been made, freewheel it and be aggressive. It's a little bunched up in front of us, so it's a great opportunity to move up. Every shot will matter."