By Ben Molnar, The Miami Student
The Miami RedHawks travel to University of Wisconsin for the Badger Invitational Sunday.
They have some progress to make after finishing 12th out of 15 teams at the Inverness Invitational tournament in Toledo, Ohio last week. Although the team isn’t fond of its performance last week, the golfers expect big things this weekend.
“We have a chance to win,” senior captain Jack Sparling said. “We got off to a rough start at Inverness, but that doesn’t define our team or how this year is going to go. We will bounce back.”
Sparling has a simple formula for success:
“Keep working hard and staying patient. Everything else will work itself out,” he said.
Senior Greg Conrad is also confident in his squad’s ability.
“I am definitely expecting a bounce back from Inverness,” Conrad said. “I think everyone has a little bit of a chip on their shoulder after not performing up to what each of us expected of ourselves at Inverness which can turn into some solid play this weekend.”
The 2015 Badger Invitational boasts a competitive field with the likes of Bowling Green, Bradley, Charleston Southern, Drake, Illinois State, Iowa State, Kansas, Maryland, Marquette, Rutgers, Sam Houston State, Toledo, USC Upstate and Wisconsin. Sam Houston State won the event last year.
Stacked against competitors like this, the RedHawks know they have major work ahead of them.
In the Inverness Collegiate Tournament last week, MU shot a 304 in the third and final round to finish at 911, or 59-over par on the tournament. Jack Sparling was the team’s best performer.
The tournament begins Sunday and continues on Monday and Tuesday in Madison, Wisconsin. Miami plays one round of 18 holes each day.