May 1, 2011

MAINEVILLE, Ohio--Behind a final round score of 291, Miami University's golf team jumped three spots in the standings to finish fifth among the nine-team field at the Mid-American Conference Championship hosted by the RedHawks at TPC River's Bend.

Miami entered Sunday's final round nine strokes out of fifth place and in eighth place, but made a surge on the final day, recording the day's best round. The RedHawks rounded out the tournament 13 strokes behind fourth-place Akron and three strokes ahead of sixth-place Northern Illinois.

Senior Nathan Sutherland paced the RedHawks, firing a two-under par 70, which was the best individual round Sunday. He birdied four holes during Sunday's fourth and final round to card the best round of the tournament by a Miami player. Sutherland tied for 11th place at 12-over par 300.

Sutherland earned First-Team All-MAC honors for the second straight year and was named to an All-MAC team for the third time in his collegiate career.

Sophomore Ben Peacock fired a one-under par 71 on Sunday and also collected four birdies. He finished the tournament at 15-over par 303 to tie for 19th place.

Senior Michael Drobnick and freshman Austin Kelly each shot a 75 in the final round. Kelly completed the tournament in a tie for 30th place at 23-over par 311. Drobnick finished in 34th place at 26-over par 314.

Sophomore Brett Tomfohrde carded a final round of 76 and finished the tournament at 13-over par 301 to tie for 16th place.

Kent State ran away with the team title, posting a 29-stroke margin over runner-up Ball State and finished the tournament with a four-round sum of 1151, which was one stroke under par. Mackenzie Hughes from Kent State was the individual medalist, winning the tournament by two strokes with a score of 70-67-73-74=284 which was four under par.