ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio men's golf team will get its 2019 spring season underway this week, traveling to Dade City, Fla., to take part in the 2019 Earl Yestingsmeier Match Play at Lake Jovita Country Club.
The two-day event will consist of 54 holes of match play competition. Teams are seeded one through eight based upon Golfstat rankings and then placed into a bracket. All teams are guaranteed three matches with losing teams from the first and second rounds continuing to compete in a consolation bracket. Each team match will consist of six individual matches. Lineup order for each team is based upon individual player Golfweek rankings, with the top-rated player in the No. 1 position on and so on.
Formerly known as the Mid-American Match Play, the event was renamed in 2015 in honor of Earl Yestingsmeier, who passed away in January 2014 at age 80. Yestingsmeier spent 36 seasons leading the Ball State men's golf program, including 31 in a dual role as sports information director and golf coach.
Action gets underway on Monday (Feb. 11) at 8:30 a.m. ET with a shotgun start. The event concludes on Tuesday (Feb. 12) with third-round action opening with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. ET.
The Bobcats are the No. 5 seed in the 2019 Earl Yestingsmeier Match Play and will battle No. 4-seeded Bowling Green in first-round action on Monday. Ohio will take on either No. 1-seeded Eastern Michigan or No. 8-seeded Loyola Chicago in the second round. The two other first-round matchups feature No. 2-seeded Miami taking on No. 7-seeded Drake and No. 3-seeded Ball State squaring off against No. 6-seeded DePaul. Ohio has competed in the match play event in each of the past six seasons.
Competing for Ohio will be senior Ben Sattler (Liberty Township, Ohio), redshirt junior Michael Kenney (Kent, Ohio) and sophomores Zach Crawford (Vandalia, Ohio), Austin Dyson (Dublin, Ohio), Tanner Johnson (Venetia, Pa.) and Zach Mandry (Solon, Ohio).
Ohio is coming off of a 2018 fall season in which it earned a pair of top-three finishes under the direction of first-year head coach Carter Cheves. The Bobcats achieved a second-place finish at the Phoenix Intercollegiate (Oct. 15-16) at Alamance Country Club in Burlington, N.C., posting a combined team score of 848 (-4) -- the second-best three-round total in program history. Crawford earned his first collegiate victory by winning the Firestone Invitational (Oct. 1-2) by three strokes at the Firestone Country Club North Course with a total score of 206 (-10), which ranks as the second-best three-round total in program history. He was named Mid-American Conference Golfer of the Week for the first time in his career for his efforts. Sattler also garnered weekly conference honors for the first time in his career, earning MAC Co-Golfer of the Week recognition after tying for eighth place with a 220 (+4) to lead the way for Ohio at the 2018 Health Plan Mountaineer Invitational (Oct. 8-9) at Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport, W. Va.
Following the 2019 Earl Yestingsmeier Match Play, Ohio will return to action next month when it heads to North Carolina for the Pinehurst Intercollegiate (March 8-9).