April 22, 2014
COMBINED RESULTS | FINAL LEADERBOARD
MUNCIE, Ind. – Bolstered by a trio of top-20 individual finishes, the Ohio University men’s golf team put together a season-best fourth-place effort on the final day of competition at the Earl Yestingsmeier Invite.
Ohio totaled a combined 1130 (374-378-378, +80) over the 54-hole tournament to secure the team’s best finish of the 2013-14 campaign. Toledo captured the event crown after shooting a combined 1100 (364-362-374, +50).
The Bobcats enjoyed strong efforts from a number of players in the lineup, including freshman Peyton White (Huntersville, N.C.), who finished t-11th with a 13-over par 223 (72-76-75). White made two birdies in his final round on Tuesday and carded eight total birdies during the event. It marked White’s team-best fifth top-20 of the season.
“We had a few guys who really played solid this week,” White said. “That should give everybody a little bit of momentum heading into the MACs. It’s a good boost for sure.”
Junior Andrew Mlynarski (St. Michaels, Md.) posted the top finish of his Ohio career in Muncie, placing t-13th after firing a 54-hole total of 224 (73-76-75, +14).
Competing as an individual, junior Thomas Leech (Pittsburgh, Pa.) matched Mlynarski with a 14-over 224 (76-72-76). Leech’s second-round 72 marked the top 18-hole score of his Ohio career, while his 224 total also marked his career-low in a Bobcat uniform.
Senior Phil Gieseker (Saline, Mich.) posted his second top-20 of the season with a t-18 finish. Gieseker shot a combined 15-over par 225 (72-79-74) and made three birdies and 11 pars in his final round on Tuesday.
Sophomore Michael Engelman (Grand Blanc, Mich.) notched the first top-30 finish of his Ohio career after notching a three-round total of 229 (80-72-77, +19). He was followed by fellow sophomore Brad Burgess (St. Catharines, Ontario), who finished t-40th after notching a 26-over par 236 (77-75-84).
Rounding out the Ohio group was freshman Ty Herriott (Brandywine, Md.), who notched a final round 77 to move up 10 spots to t-44th (80-81-77-238, +28). The finish was Herriott’s best of the season for the Bobcats.
“Our guys have been grinding out every shot harder knowing one shot can be the difference between second or third place,” White said. “We realize we missed out on a third-place trophy by four shots this week, which over three rounds is very minimal. We’re starting to realize that and coming together as a group as a result.”
Ohio now heads to Carmel, Ind., to compete in the 2014 MAC Championship, hosted by Toledo. The three-day event begins on May 2 at Prairie View Golf Club.