AKRON, Ohio - The
Miami University golf team returns to action Monday when it participates in the
Firestone Invitational. The tournament takes place at the par-72 North Course
of the famous Firestone Complex. The RedHawks will play 36 holes on Monday and
one final round of 18 holes on Tuesday.
"Our time at home since getting back from Illinois State has
been incredibly productive," said head coach Zac Zedrick. "Our qualifying
this past week was highly competitive, so we feel good about our preparation
heading into Firestone. The North Course is not as famous as the South, but
it's a great design and poses a lot of challenges off the tee and around the
greens. We're ready to go and I'm excited to see how we compete this
Temperatures are expected to be in the 50s in Akron over the
next two days with mornings dipping into the 30s. Representing Miami in these
cool conditions will be senior Brett Tomfohrde, redshirt junior Mark MacDonald,
sophomore Luke Shaughnessy and freshmen Jack Sparling and Daniel Schwarz.
Sparling will look to continue his momentum from his debut tournament two weeks
ago, when he tied for 13th at the D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate.
The RedHawks will have a chance to see where they stand at
the moment in the Mid-American Conference, as five of their league rivals will
be joining them for the Firestone Invitational. In addition to host Akron, also
playing will be Ball State, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan and Ohio. Other
teams participating are Davidson, Illinois State, Iowa State, Kansas State,
Louisville, Maryland, Nebraska, Samford, Saint Mary's, USC-Aiken and Wisconsin.
Live scoring will be available courtesy of Golfstat at the
link to the right of this article.
Miami will conclude the fall portion of its schedule in two
weeks when it participates in the Georgetown Intercollegiate, Oct. 22-23.