May 3, 2014
CARMEL, Ind. – Led by a strong performance from freshman Peyton White, the Ohio University men’s golf team remains in eighth place at the MAC Championships after 54 holes of play at Prairie View Golf Club.
The Bobcats shot a team score of 304 (+16) in the third round played Saturday morning. Ohio sits two strokes out of seventh place with a three-round total of 907 (304-299-304, +43).
Kent State leads the pack having compiled a three-round total of 852 (-12).
White (Huntersville, N.C.) was dialed in, as he shot a solid even par round of 72, good for the fifth-best round of any competitor on Saturday. White tallied two birdies on his round and is t-25th heading into Sunday (79-76-72-227, +11).
“Coming into this week, I had never played in a four-round tournament before,” White said. “It’s a different atmosphere and kind of a cool feel because you know no matter how poorly you play the first round or two, you’re still in it. As long as you post a good round in the third or fourth, you have a chance to be successful. I missed in the right places today and putted well, which helped my cause.”
Senior Bradley Lucas (Worthington, Ohio) and junior Thomas Leech (Pittsburgh, Pa.) both fired rounds of 76 (+4). It marked Lucas’ best round of the tournament, and the senior now sits in a tie for 38th place (78-79-76-233, +17). Leech is 41st (83-75-76-234, +18).
Senior Phil Gieseker (Saline, Mich.) shot an 80 (+8) in his third round and is currently tied for 35th after 54 holes (73-78-80-233, +17).
Rounding out the lineup for Ohio, junior Andrew Mlynarski shot an 83 (+11). Mlynarski was coming off of career best round of 70 (-2) on Friday. Mlynarski played well for much of his round – making 15 pars – but was victimized by the par-4 ninth hole where he made an 11. Despite that hole, the junior is still in very good shape and is tied for 25th with White (74-70-83-227, +11).
“We played pretty well as a team today. Everyone stayed within themselves more and settled down a little bit,” White said. “It’s a team event, so no matter how you’re playing, you still have to muster something together because you know your team is counting on you.”
The Bobcats will look to climb the leaderboard on the final day of competition. The fourth round will tee off Sunday morning from Carmel.
“Tomorrow I think we have a pretty good chance to make a move,” White added. “Everyone’s playing a bit better, so as long we stay away from big numbers and hit fairways, we should be in good shape.”