RedHawk Golfers Tied for First After Two Rounds at Missouri Bluffs Challenge
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Oct. 11, 2004

ST. CHARLES, Mo.--Behind a stellar first round where the RedHawks fired a tournament-best 281, Miami University's golf team sits in a tie for first place with host Missouri in the 13-team field after two rounds at the Missouri Bluffs Challenge.

Juniors Matt Thomas (Blasdell, N.Y./Orchard Park) and Ryan Swelin (Sundre, Alberta/Sundre) sit one-two in the standings heading into Tuesday's third round. Thomas fired rounds of 70 and 68 to take the lead at four-under par 138. Swelin carded rounds of 68 and 71 to land in a three-way tie for second place at three-under par 139. Junior Rob Davidge (Oxford, Ohio/Culver Academy) shot 72-73 to tie for 18th place at three-over par 145, while freshman Connor Doherty (Woodstock, Vt./Woodstock Union) is tied for 29th place at four-over par 146 after rounds of 72 and 74. Junior Mike Calkin (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) is tied for 40th place at seven-over par 149.

The RedHawks held a two-stroke lead heading into the second round at three-under as a team. No RedHawk shot higher than 72 with all five among the top 16 after the first 18 holes and Swelin tied for the lead after shooting a 68. Doherty holed his approach for an eagle on his 14th hole of the first round, a 421-yard par four, en route to carding a 72.

Miami returns to the links for Tuesday's final round.

   1 Missouri, U. of          284  283    567        -1
     Miami (Ohio)             281  286    567        -1
   3 Memphis, U. of           283  286    569        +1
   4 Louisiana-Lafayette      291  285    576        +8
   5 Drake University         291  286    577        +9
   6 Lamar University         290  288    578       +10
   7 Austin Peay State U.     293  294    587       +19
   8 North Texas, U. of       296  292    588       +20
   9 SW Missouri St. U.       293  297    590       +22
  10 Iowa State Univ.         301  291    592       +24
  11 Arkansas State U.        297  297    594       +26
  12 St. Louis University     296  306    602       +34
  13 Loyola Marymount U.      308  303    611       +43

t-1 Miami (Ohio) 281 286 567 -1 1 Matt Thomas 70 68 138 -4 t-2 Ryan Swelin 68 71 139 -3 t-18 Rob Davidge 72 73 145 +3 t-29 Connor Doherty 72 74 146 +4 t-40 Mike Calkin 71 78 149 +7