Feb. 13, 2012
DADE CITY, Fla. - The Miami University men's golf team completed play at the Mid-American Match Play Championship on Monday. The RedHawks defeated Akron, 4-2, in the morning to advance to the semifinals. They then dropped a tough 3.5-2.5 match to Eastern Michigan in the afternoon.
"I was really, really proud of how hard our guys competed today," said head coach Zac Zedrick. "We came running out of the gate and didn't let up once this morning. I was very impressed with the fact that we jumped out with a good lead (against Akron) and never let up."
Brett Tomfohrde had the biggest win for Miami in the opening round match vs. the Zips. He defeated Cameron Simmons, 6&5. Austin Kelly beat Scott Landreth, 4&3, while Mark MacDonald scored a 3&2 victory over Harry Whittle. The RedHawks secured the victory over Akron when Scott Cahill defeated Tim Lew, 1-UP.
The other matches were close battles, as Miami's top seed Ben Peacock went the distance with the Zips' top seed Ryan Mason, but fell, 2-UP. Miguel Myer defeated Brantley Kusher, 3&1, to give Akron its other point.
The afternoon match against EMU was close, but ultimately three victories for the Eagles to two for the RedHawks would allow Eastern Michigan to advance. Cahill and MacDonald each made it 2-0 for themselves individually with wins in this match. Cahill defeated Zach MacDougall, 3&2, while MacDonald took down Alex Jones, 4&3. Tomfohrde scored ½ point for the Red and White when he halved his match with Casey Olson.
Eastern Michigan scored its other three points when Brian Churchill-Smith defeated Peacock, 2-UP, Derek East defeated Kelly, 1-UP and Brian Burt defeated Kushner, 3&2.
"Our match against Eastern literally came down to the last hole of the last two matches," said Zedrick. "The swings back and forth we're incredible and it's painful to lose a match like that, but the boys never let down."
Miami will face either Northern Illinois or Ball State in the third place game Tuesday morning. They were unable to complete their match Monday afternoon before darkness fell.
"Tomorrow's another great opportunity for us and we're looking forward to another chance to see where we're at competitively," said Zedrick.