Sept. 21, 2008
REDHAWKS DEFEND JIM COLBERT INVITATIONAL TITLE SEPT. 22-23: Capturing the 2007 Jim Colbert Intercollegiate title, Miami University's golf team tries to earn its second consecutive title at the event when it participates in the 2008 Jim Colbert Intercollegiate, hosted by Kansas State University on the Colbert Hills Golf Course in Manhattan, Kansas. Including Miami and host Kansas State, 10 teams are slated to compete at the tournament: Arizona State, Army, Florida Gulf Coast, Missouri State, Oral Roberts, Western Illinois, Wichita State, UMKC. Miami's line-up includes seniors Ben Bastel, Ben Wood and Aaron Crist and sophomores Michael Drobnick and Nathan Sutherland.
LAST TIME AT THE JIM COLBERT INTERCOLLEGIATE: Winning its first tournament since March 30-31, 2001, Miami seized the 2007 Jim Colbert Intercollegiate title, besting second-place Kansas State by an impressive 12-stroke margin. Miami won the tournament by posting an 11-over par 875 as a team. Miami's previous team win was at the 2001 Johnny Owens Invitational. Michael Drobnick fired a 70 on the Par 72 course in the final round to claim individual medalist honors, posting an even par 216 over three rounds, while Ben Wood finished in a tie for second at one-over par 217. Drobnick's first-place individual finish marked Miami's first top individual finish since Wood tied for first at the FirstEnergy Intercollegiate on April 29, 2007. Drobnick and Wood were tied for second place heading into the final round and were two strokes behind tournament leader Mike Van Sickle of Marquette. Van Sickle finished in a tie for second, shooting a 73 on the final day. All of Miami's lineup finished among the top 16. In addition to the top finishes by Drobnick and Wood, Andrew Aseltine tied for 12th place at nine-over par 225, while Nathan Sutherland finished in 15th place at 10-over par 226 and Ben Bastel finished in a 16th-place tie at 11-over par 227.
LAST TIME OUT: Miami University's golf team finished in fourth place among the 12-team field at the Rutherford Intercollegiate. With a score of 891 for the tournament, the RedHawks were edged by two strokes by third-place Penn State, while topping fifth-place Missouri by seven strokes. Purdue won the tournament with a score of 871. Sophomore Nathan Sutherland paced the RedHawks, tying for eighth place at five-over par 221. Spurred by senior Aaron Crist's first-round score of 69, the RedHawks led the field by a six-stroke margin after the opening round with a first-round score of 289.
BASTEL KEEPS ON STREAKING: Senior Ben Bastel has played in every event of his Miami career and keeps his streak alive as he is part of the five-man lineup for the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate. Sophomore Nathan Sutherland has started a streak of his own, playing in all 13 events a season ago and every event thus far in 2008-09.
ODDS `N ENDS:
Miami University head golf coach Casey Lubahn recently took part in a reality series called the "Big Break". The series "Big Break X: Michigan" featuring Lubahn and his wife, Rachel, will air on the Golf Channel beginning in October of 2008.
Seniors Ben Wood and Ben Bastel were named Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Wood majors in marketing at Miami, while Bastel majors in finance. Additionally, junior Andrew Mock was one of 16 Miami student-athletes who earned a 4.0 term GPA for the spring semester in 2008.