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Coldwater Goes Low On Final Day Of MAC Championships

Coldwater made the most birdies (6) of any player in the field of 45 Sunday.

May 5, 2013


NASHPORT, Ohio - Junior Connor Coldwater birdied his way to a spectacular round Sunday while leading the Ohio University men's golf team to a strong finish at the MAC Championships in Nashport, Ohio.

Coldwater's final day at Longaberger Golf Club was his best, as the Clarks Summit, Pa., native fired a final round 70 (-2) while making six birdies, the most by any golfer on Sunday. His chip-in birdie on the final hole was one of only nine birdies made at No. 18 during the tournament.

After a difficult first 54 holes this weekend, Coldwater's final round 70 moved him up 10 spots into a tie for 29th place. He carded a 26-over par 314 (85-77-82-70) for the championship.

"It started on the driving range this morning," Coldwater said. "Michael Lamping told me I was a little quick with my swing, so I slowed things down a little bit and hit a few shots. I went up to the first tee and everything just fell into place. I felt real comfortable swinging and a few putts started going in. I'm happy with the way I finished."

The Bobcats gained nine strokes on Miami Sunday, but could not overcome the RedHawks to claim seventh place. Ohio finished in eighth after posting a much improved final round score of 303. The `Cats notched a 72-hole total of 1244 (+92), 11 shots better than ninth-place Northern Illinois (1255, +103).

Kent State won the tournament with a 72-hole score of 1168 (+16), while the Golden Flashes' Taylor Pendrith was individual medalist after carding a 281 for the championship (70-68-70-73, -7).

Ohio received another superb performance from senior Bradley Lucas (Worthington, Ohio), who carded his best round of the championship (73, +1). Lucas made four birdies on the back nine, including three-straight from holes 10-12.

After posting opening day scores of 84 and 87, Lucas responded well over his final two rounds to post scores of 77 and 73. He finished 40th overall for the championship (321, +33).

"On this course with the wind, you have to put yourself in the right positions. Keeping it in play is crucial," Lucas said. "I built momentum, kept the ball in good position, made some birdies and showed some strides of improvement."

Senior Michael Lamping was Ohio's top finisher in his final tournament as a Bobcat. The Dublin, Ohio, native carded a four-round total of 305 (75-72-78-80, +17) and led the Bobcats with a three-under par total on the par 5s during the tournament.

Fellow senior Byron Firestone (Canton, Ohio) made a team-best 38 pars this weekend and finished the championship tied for 29th (77-78-79-80-314, +26).

Sophomore Andrew Mlynarski (St. Michaels, Md.) rounded out the Ohio scores with a final round 85. He finished the tournament in 42nd place after carding a total score of 330 (86-78-81-85, +42).