Miami Golfers Place Second At Missouri Bluffs Challenge; Thomas Co-Medalist
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Oct. 12, 2004

ST. CHARLES, Mo. - It took a tremendous third-round score by Memphis to overtake Miami University's golf team at the Missouri Bluffs Challenge. The RedHawks shot 281-286-284=851 to finish at one-under as a team, but Memphis fired a 273 in the final round to finish at 10-under as a team to win the tournament, jumping two spots in the final standings. Miami finished second in the 13-team field, bettering host Missouri by four shots.

Junior Matt Thomas (Blasdell, N.Y./Orchard Park) fired rounds of 70-68-67 to finish at eight-under par 205, but Andy Shiels (Memphis) shot 65 in the final round to tie Thomas and the two were co-individual medalists. This marked Thomas' first collegiate win.

Junior Ryan Swelin (Sundre, Alberta/Sundre) ended the tournament at one-under par 212 with rounds of 68-71-73 to tie for sixth place. Freshman Connor Doherty (Woodstock, Vt./Woodstock Union) carded a 70 in Tuesday's final round to finish at three-over par 216 and tie for 13th place. Junior Rob Davidge (Oxford, Ohio/Culver Academy) finished at seven-over par 220 to tie for 29th place, while junior Mike Calkin (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) finished in a tie for 39th place at 10-over par 223.

This was Miami's final tournament of the fall season. The RedHawks will resume play March 4-6 at the St. Croix Collegiate Classic.

Initial results indicated that Matt Thomas had finished second after a playoff. However, there was no playoff, and Thomas tied for first place and was the co-individual medalist.

   1 Memphis, U. of           283  286  273    842       -10
   2 Miami (Ohio)             281  286  284    851        -1
   3 Missouri, U. of          284  283  288    855        +3
   4 Lamar University         290  288  282    860        +8
   5 Louisiana-Lafayette      291  285  293    869       +17
   6 Drake University         291  286  296    873       +21
   7 Austin Peay State U.     293  294  289    876       +24
   8 SW Missouri St. U.       293  297  296    886       +34
   9 Iowa State Univ.         301  291  301    893       +41
     North Texas, U. of       296  292  305    893       +41
  11 St. Louis University     296  306  296    898       +46
  12 Arkansas State U.        297  297  311    905       +53
  13 Loyola Marymount U.      308  303  298    909       +57

t-1 Matt Thomas 70 68 67 205 -8 t-6 Ryan Swelin 68 71 73 212 -1 t-13 Connor Doherty 72 74 70 216 +3 t-29 Rob Davidge 72 73 75 220 +7 t-39 Mike Calkin 71 78 74 223 +10