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Mlynarski Goes Low On Day One Of MAC Championship

Mlynarski had a stretch of four birdies in five holes on Friday.

May 2, 2014


CARMEL, Ind. – Led by a stellar effort from junior Andrew Mlynarski, the Ohio University men’s golf team sits in eighth place after 36 holes at the MAC Championship.

The ‘Cats posted scores of 304 and 299 to post a two-round total of 603 (+27). No. 35 Kent State leads the event with a total of 570 (-6).

Mlynarski came roaring out of the gate in round one after making birdie on four of his first six holes. The St. Michaels, Md., native posted 74 (+2) in his first round and was in the top-20 after his opening 18 holes.

“I started off with a quick birdie and then was just grinding through the wind and cold. I went on a stretch of birdie, birdie, birdie, par, birdie over the five hardest holes of the course,” Mlynarski said. “Heading into my ninth hole, I knew I probably had the lead, which was pretty exciting even though there were 64 holes left.”

From there, the junior carded one of the best rounds of his career, matching his personal best with a second-round 70 (-2). The two-under mark was the best of his career in a Bobcat uniform. Mlynarski made four birdies and just one bogey in his second round and sits t-8th after playing his 36 holes at even par (144).

“No matter how you play, you have to grind it out, because there’s a good chance your score is going to count,” Mlynarski said. “I got off to a bad start to the second round, but I refocused and figured some things out to finish with 70. It was nice to show up when my team needed me, especially at MACs, which is our biggest tournament of the year.”

Senior Phil Gieseker (Saline, Mich.) made two birdies while posting a strong opening-round 73 (+1) to lead Ohio through its first 18 holes. He followed that up with a second-round 78 and is t-28th (151). Gieseker was one-under par after nine holes in round two, but finished his round at +7.

Freshman Peyton White (Huntersville, N.C.) grinded through his opening 36 holes and currently is 40th at +11 (155). After firing an opening-round 79 (+7), White rebounded with a second round 76 (+4) in which he made two birdies on his final nine holes.

Senior Brad Lucas (Worthington, Ohio) was right behind White in 42nd place after posting a two-round score of 157 (+13). Lucas opened with a 78 (+6) and made three birdies in his second 18 en route to a 79 (+7).

Wrapping up the Ohio contingent was junior Thomas Leech (Pittsburgh, Pa.), who bounced back from an opening-round 83 (+11) to post a strong second-round 75 (+3) in which he made a pair of birdies. Leech sits tied for 43rd place.

“We’re hanging tight,” Mlynarski said. “We always play better when we calm down a little bit, so I definitely expect some big things from the Bobcats over these next two days.”

Ohio resumes play at the MAC Championship with third round action Saturday morning.