AKRON, Ohio - The Miami University men's golf team improved three spots on Tuesday, finishing 12th at the Firestone Invitational. The RedHawks shot a 13-over par team score of 301 to end the event at 27-over par. Ball State won the tournament at seven-under par.

"I'm encouraged by the fact that although we could've performed better, we still managed to move up the leaderboard," said head coach Zac Zedrick. "It's short stretches of holes that we give two or three shots away that are costing us. I know we'll figure it out though."

Redshirt junior Mark MacDonald conclude the best tournament of his collegiate career by shooting an even-par round of 72. He finished Firestone at one-under par and tied for eighth place. It was his first top-ten placing.

"I'm really proud of Mark," said Zedrick. "He was a rock this week, never letting his emotions dictate his play. It was fun to watch and a great example of how to compete at a high level."

Other RedHawks finishers included senior Brett Tomfohrde, who was tied for 58th at eight over par. Freshman Daniel Schwarz was tied for 74th at 11-over par, while sophomore Luke Shaughnessy was right behind him in a tie for 79th at 12-over par. Freshman Jack Sparling tied for 82nd at 14-over par.

Miami returns to action for its final fall tournament in two weeks when it travels to Beallsville, Md. for the Georgetown Intercollegiate, Oct. 22-23.