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Men's Golf Hosts 2013 MAC Championships

Junior Connor Coldwater has finished the regular season in strong fashion for the Bobcats

May 1, 2013


ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio University men’s golf team will play host to eight other conference teams at the 2013 MAC Championships Friday through Sunday at Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio.

Ohio’s lineup for the annual conference showdown features seniors Byron Firestone (Canton, Ohio), Michael Lamping (Dublin, Ohio) and Bradley Lucas (Worthington, Ohio), as well as junior Connor Coldwater (Clarks Summit, Pa.) and sophomore Andrew Mlynarski (St. Michaels, Md.)

Each team will send five golfers to the event, which includes four rounds over the course of the three-day championship. The tournament kicks off with 36 holes Friday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. A total of 10 groups will start on the No. 1 tee, while the remaining 13 will tee off from No. 10.

The same pairings and hole locations will be utilized for round two Friday, with tentative tee times set four and a half hours after the round one tee times.

On Saturday and Sunday, threesomes will be seeded based on the previous day’s scoring. All groups will go off of the No. 1 tee, with the first tee time at 7:50 a.m. both days.

Longaberger Golf Club, which opened in 1999 and was designed by renowned golf course architect Arthur Hills, ranked No. 56 in the U.S. (out of roughly 13,500 public access courses) in GOLF Magazine’s 2010 “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” list.

Golfweek Magazine rated Longaberger Golf Club No. 1 in Ohio in its 2010 state-by-state rankings. Don’t miss out on playing one of the best courses in the country offering one of the nation’s most superb golfing experiences. Longaberger Golf Club was rated the No. 4 Public Course in the country by Golf World’s 2008 Readers Choice Award.

Among the most dramatic holes on Longaberger’s 7,243-yard (par 72), parkland-style layout is the par-5, No. 4 that plays 565 yards from the back tees with a 150-foot elevation drop from tee to green. The course is defined by panoramic natural beauty, rolling hills and immaculate playing conditions.

A 25-acre natural grass driving range and practice facility, with target greens and a chipping, pitching and bunker area, ensures golfers of any skill level can hone their games in a secluded, finely-appointed setting.

The Bobcats are coming off a 10th place finish at the Rutherford Intercollegiate April 20-21 in University Park, Pa. Ohio shot a combined 920 (314-301-305) over 54 holes for a score of +68.

Coldwater matched the best finish of his career to lead the Bobcats on Penn State’s Blue Course. The junior fired a final round 71 to finish the tournament tied for seventh. His three-round total of 222 (79-72-71, +9) was just three shots off his personal best 54-hole score (219), while just two golfers among the field of 75 posted a score better than Coldwater’s in final round action.

Ohio is making its 67th appearance in the MAC Championship this weekend. The Bobcats have won the event 18 times and Ohio student-athletes have won the individual medalist title on 10 occasions. Only Kent State (20) has won more team titles than the Bobcats.

Ohio placed third at the MAC Championships last season, held at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. The Bobcats finished just one shot out of second place. Lamping and Coldwater finished sixth and seventh respectively, marking their best finishes ever at the league championship.

Fans can follow the action live throughout the weekend online via GolfStat. To access live stats for the MAC Championships, click here.