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Ohio Men's Golf Continues Fall Season At EKU Intercollegiate

Ohio Men's Golf Continues Fall Season At EKU Intercollegiate

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ATHENS, Ohio -- 
The Ohio men's golf team continues its 2018 fall schedule with a trip to Richmond, Ky., to compete in the third edition of the EKU Intercollegiate sponsored by Raising Cane's this weekend (Sept. 15-16).

The 54-hole, two-day event is hosted by Eastern Kentucky at the University Club at Arlington. The 18-hole course will play to a par of 70 at 6,623 yards. The first 36 holes of the tournament will be played on Saturday (Sept. 15), with action getting underway at 8:30 a.m. EST with a shotgun start. The final round will be held on Sunday (Sept. 16) beginning with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Live scoring will be available via Golfstat.

Ohio will be competing against host Eastern Kentucky, California Baptist, Cleveland State, DePaul, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Evansville, Longwood, Marshall, Morehead State, Murray State, Northern Kentucky, Southern Illinois Edwardsville and Tennessee-Martin.

The Bobcats will be taking part in the EKU Intercollegiate for the second time. Ohio finished second in the event in 2016. The Bobcats combined to post a total team score of 842 (+2) -- the best three-round total in program history. Ohio recorded round scores of 282 (+2) and 274 (-6) on the first day, then tallied a 286 (+4) in final-round action. The second-round 274 by the Bobcats matched the 1961-62 squad's efforts at Kent State and Miami for the best round score in program history. Ohio finished the tournament with the second-most birdies (46) and logged the second-best score on the par 4s (+9).

Ohio opened the 2018-19 season by finishing in a tie for 11th place with Youngstown State at the 2018 Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational earlier this week at the Guyan Golf and Country Club in Huntington, W. Va. The Bobcats finished with a combined team score of 571 (+3). The Bobcats followed up a first-round 282 (-2) on Monday (Sept. 10) with a final-round 289 (+5) on Tuesday (Sept. 11). The tournament was shortened from 54 holes to 36 holes due to run impacting course conditions on Monday.

Senior Ben Sattler (Liberty Township, Ohio) was the top finisher for Ohio, tying for 14th with a 140 (-2), which marked the best 36-hole tournament score of his collegiate career. He delivered an ace on the par 3 sixth hole en route to a 68 (-3) in the first round on Monday, matching the best round score of his collegiate career. Sattler followed it up with a final-round 72 (+1).

Sophomore Tanner Johnson (Venetia, Pa.) finished in a tie for 30th after tallying a 142 (E). He fired rounds of 70 (-1) and 72 (+1), with his first-round score marking the best of his collegiate career to date.

Sophomore Zach Mandry (Solon, Ohio) and sophomore Zach Crawford (Vandalia, Ohio) tied for 48th with a 145 (+3). Mandry shot a final-round 73 (+2) after shooting a career-best 72 (+1) in the first round on Monday. Crawford improved on his first-round 72 (+1) with a 73 (+2) in the final round.

Sophomore Austin Dyson (Dublin, Ohio) tied for 53rd for the Bobcats. After shooting a career-best round of 72 (+1) on Monday, he tallied a 74 (+3) in the final round. 

The 2018 Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational marked Ohio's first competition under the direction of new head coach Carter Cheves.

Cheves was named the third head coach in the history of Ohio men's golf program, as announced by Director of Athletics Jim Schaus on July 9.

Cheves comes to Athens after spending five years as the assistant coach at James Madison, where he helped 13 Dukes earn All-Colonial Athletic Association honors. Following the 2017-18 season, freshman Ignacio Montero was named CAA Men's Golf Rookie of the Year while senior Matt Cowgill was tabbed an All-CAA Second Team selection. Off the course, James Madison boasted a GPA over 3.0 as a team. In total during his stint at James Madison, Cheves coached one CAA Player of the Year, two CAA Rookie of the Year winners, five Scholar All-Americans, two individual NCAA Championship Regional qualifiers, one NCAA Championship qualifier and one PING All-American selection.

James Madison posted eight team wins over the course of Cheves' tenure. The Dukes posted 52 rounds at par or better after recording 46 such rounds combined over previous 15 years prior to his arrival. Every major scoring record in the program's history was broken over the last five years, including low single round, low 36-hole total, low 54-hole total, par 3 scoring, par 4 scoring, par 5 scoring, most birdies in a season and season finish percentage. 

Cheves brings previous head coaching experience to the Bobcats, as he served as the head coach at Western Carolina for three of his four-and-a-half years with the Catamounts. Under his watch, J.T. Poston became the third Western Carolina golfer to qualify as an individual for NCAA Championship Regional play. Poston, who is the first golfer Cheves signed, is currently on the PGA Tour, and several of Cheves' former players have competed on PGA Tour Latinoamérica, PGA Tour Canada, GPro Tour and SwingThought Tour. Off the course, Cheves started the program's first-ever alumni reunion, advanced the team's ranking over 70 spots in three years as head coach and had his teams maintain better than a 3.0 cumulative GPA in his tenure.

Cheves graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in operations management. Prior to attending UNCW, he played two years of college golf at North Carolina State under veteran Wolfpack head coach Richard Sykes. Following his graduation from UNCW, Cheves served as the United States Golf Association P.J. Boatwright summer intern for the Carolinas Golf Association.

The Ohio men's golf program has won 18 Mid-American Conference championships in its storied history (1951, '52, '53, '54 (tie), '55, '57, '58, '59, '60, '61, '63, '64, '65, '67, '69, '71, '79, '80). Cheves succeeds Bob Cooley, who retired at the conclusion of the 2017-18 campaign after 30 seasons at the helm of his alma mater. Cheves, Cooley and Kermit Blosser (1947-88) are the only men to serve as head coach of the Bobcats in the program's history.

The Bobcats return eight members of its 2017-18 team. Back for Ohio are Sattler, Crawford, Dyson, Johnson, Mandry, redshirt junior Michael Kenney (Kent, Ohio), redshirt sophomores Adam Stephens (Dublin, Ohio) and Brett Wheeler (Dublin, Ohio).

Crawford is Ohio's top returner after competing in nine events in his rookie campaign and averaging a 76.35 over 26 rounds. He enjoyed his best finish at The Firestone Invitational (Oct. 2-3), tying for fourth with a 215 (-1) and shooting a season-low 67 (-5) in the first round.

Sattler gives the young Bobcats a steady veteran presence and has earned Academic All-MAC honors each of the last two years.

Ohio's roster features one new member -- freshman Quinn O'Leary (Beverly Hills, Mich.). O'Leary Competed at Brother Rice High School, earning four varsity letters. He served as team captain of the Warriors in each of his final three seasons (2016, '17, '18) and earned all-state honorable mention following his 2016 sophomore campaign. An All-Catholic League selection all four years of high school, he helped guide Brother Rice to a Catholic League title to cap off his 2018 senior season. O'Leary is the cousin of former Ohio women's golfer Lily Pendy.

The Bobcats are set to compete in a total of 11 tournaments this season -- five in the fall and six in the spring. The 2019 MAC Championships (April 26-28) will be held at Club Walden in Aurora, Ohio. Click here to view the full schedule.

The Ohio men's and women's golf teams will host the 28th Annual Bobcat Open on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at The Lakes Golf and Country Club in Westerville, Ohio.

The Bobcat Open serves as a fundraiser for the Ohio golf teams.

Action gets underway at noon EST with a shotgun start. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. with an awards banquet to follow at 7 p.m. Participants will have the chance to meet Cheves as well as celebrate the career of Bob Cooley, who retired following the 2017-18 season after spending 30 years as the head coach at his alma mater.

Ohio will open October with a trip to Akron to compete in the Firestone Invitational (Oct. 1-2), which will be held at the Firestone North Course.