After a strong start to the season at the Marshall Invitational last week, the Miami University men’s golf team was unable recapture the success at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate, finishing 10th in a field of 14.
Senior Ben Peacock led the way for the RedHawks, shooting a 7-over par 220 and tying for 20th individually. Redshirt junior Mark MacDonald tied for 41st with an overall score of 13-over par. Sophomore Scott Cahill tied for 52nd place, while senior Brett Tomfohrde tied for 59th overall and junior Austin Kelly finished in 62nd place.
Head Coach Zac Zedrick said the course, coupled with sub-par play in the early rounds, might have played a factor in the RedHawks’ poor performance.
“We got off to a slow start Saturday,” Zedrick said. “Wolf Run is a course you’ve got to be patient on – it punishes those who aren’t. We bounced back and played much better in the second round, and then Sunday was a disappointment. It was a case of getting into trouble and we had several scores that were double bogey or worse.”
Tomfohrde was disappointed with his personal performance, shooting a 233 overall.
“I just didn’t hit the ball the way I wanted to,” Tomfohrde said. “I missed a lot of short putts. It was a rough weekend for me personally and a rough weekend for all of us really.”
Peacock agreed, adding that his game needs sharpening as well this week as the RedHawks prepare for their next tournament.
“I didn’t have my best outing,” Peacock said. “If you’re not hitting the ball well it’s going to bite you in the butt. [Wolf Run] was a good experience for us because it shows us where we’re at and what we need to work on.”
As Miami has yet another short week to prepare for competition, the focus will be on better preparation. According to Zedrick, that means picking up the intensity in practice.
“We played a very demanding and fair golf course this weekend, and it told us where we are,” Zedrick said. “How can we find ways to push ourselves at home? How can we simulate that challenging situation? We do a good job at pushing ourselves in practice, but after this weekend we found we need to do a better job.”
The RedHawks will look this week to get them back on track, which may come from its younger players – freshmen Jack Sparling and Daniel Schwarz will compete at the D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate Saturday in Bloomington, Ill.