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Men's Golf: Ohio begins spring season with fifth-place finish

Ohio has participated in the fifth-place match at the Earl Yestingsmeier Match Play three straight years, and for the first time, Ohio won that match Tuesday at the Lake Jovita Country Club in Dade City, Florida. 

Ben Sattler and Tom Nettles led the Bobcats with three wins each, including the only two wins in the loss to Eastern Michigan. Nettles tied for fourth in the tournament with 12 birdies. 

Ohio opened the tournament by falling to second-seeded Eastern Michigan 4-2-0, then rebounded with a 4-1-1 victory over DePaul.

Tanner Johnson tied for the best in the tournament on par-5 holes, being six strokes under par and averaging 4.5 on those holes.

To finish fifth, Ohio took down Drake by a 4-1-1 score with Sattler, Nettles, Johnson and Zach Crawford winning each of their matches. 

The best of the three freshmen, record-wise, was Crawford, who won two of his three matches.

Austin Dyson was unable to win any of his three matches but still finished tied for the third most pars with 35 in three rounds. 

There is not much time to relax for Ohio, as it heads to The Invitational at Savannah Harbor on Feb. 17-18 in Savannah, Georgia, at The Club at Savannah Harbor.


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