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Men's Golf: Bobcats struggle in season finale

The Mid-American Conference Championships encapsulated a full season’s worth of struggles into a single, three-day disaster.

The Bobcats finished last out of nine teams in the event, which was played Friday through Sunday at TPC Rivers Bend in Mason, Ohio. Brad Lucas had the Bobcats’ top finish, placing tied for 11th after a final-round 72.

“Course conditions were almost unplayable, we just did not play very well,” Cooley said. “We had trouble driving the ball and the wetness of the course was a big issue.”

Lucas finished the tournament with an 11-over-par 300. The other four Bobcats, however, all finished in the bottom nine of the event.

Freshman Connor Coldwater was Ohio’s second-best finisher, placing tied for 36th with a 28-over-par 316. Paul Grauer finished tied for 39th with a 32-over-par 320. Byron Firestone finished 41st with a 35-over-par 323. Mark Reinhold, who made his second appearance of the season, finished tied for 42nd with a 37-over-par 325.  

“Our young kids really gained a lot of experience this season. Things we need to work on for this season is our tee shots and around the green.” Cooley said.

With such a young squad, only losing two seniors the Bobcats should be able to continue to improve for next year and have a better season in the fall, Cooley said. Coldwater is only a freshman, and Cooley said he made big strides throughout the season and should only continue to get better and grow into a solid golfer for the Bobcats.


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