KSU Tuscarawas Unable to Defend Championship
Golden Eagles Open 2013 Season
4/6/13 by P. Wedge
The Kent State University at Tuscarawas golf team could not defend their successful run as champions of their own season opening tournament at Oak Shadows Golf Club in New Philadelphia. Playing with just four players the Golden Eagles navigated their way around a breezy and sunshine filled round to finish in eighth (8th) place in a 10 team field with a team aggregate of 365.
Akron Wayne won the Golden Eagle Invitational carding a 324 as the Warriors Adam Arman took medalist honors with a 71, while Eastern Gateway Community College captured second place with a 335 on a fifth man tie breaker by one stroke over Ohio State Newark.
Freshman Brandon Miller (Sugarcreek,OH/Hiland HS) was low man for the Golden Eagles with a great opening season round of 40/37/77 carding his low round on the much tougher inward nine. Millerwas disappointed with his putting, but his driving and GIR percentage on the day led him to a solid opening day. Second year letterman and lone returning player from last seasons roster, Jesse Campbell (Sugarcreek,OH/Hannibal River HS) shot a 42/43/85, while newcomer Cameron Mazziotta (Malvern/Malvern HS) shot 45/44/89 and fellow freshman Darryn Howard (Carrollton/Carrollton HS) had a 114.
Although the team's practice play has been solid on their home course, the newly double-cut greens played havoc with their ability to adjust to the greens speed.
"The guys hung in there after some tough spots in the middle of the front side when they were missing a lot of shorts putts for birdies and pars and didn't let the it get them down", Coach Rob Brindley said. "They had a number of putts lip out and shoe-horn right back at them because of the fast pace", he said while adding, "but how about the great effort by Brandon from the four spot, now that is something special".
But just how good the shorthanded Golden Eagles can be is still not clear. According to Brindley the team was missing several players due a variety of reasons that include a family tragedy and a social commitment.
"To be playing without a fifth player does not leave much margin for error and makes us much more vulnerable to off-rounds", Brindley said. "However, this was simply a case where even without a full roster, some coulda, shoulda, wouldas hurt us", he said while adding, "But this group will bounce back because they bring their hard hats to practice everyday and are dedicated to the game. When you realize that if they had matched their preseason scoring averages, we would have finished in second place, now that is very telling", he added.
Next week, the Golden Eagles travel to southern Ohio for two tournaments. On Friday, April 12, they will travel to OU Chillicothe for the Hilltopper Invitational and on Saturday, April 13 they will be OU Lancaster's Cougar Invitational.
Final Standings - UA Wayne 324, Eastern Gateway CC 335, OSU Newark 335, OU Chillicothe 338, OU Zanesville 345, OSU Lima 353, MU Middletown 360, KSU Tuscarawas 365, OU Lancaster 374, Lorain County CC 375, OU Eastern 375.
Blustery Conditions Inflate Scores of Entire Field
Golden Eagles Show Improvement in Toughest of Rounds
4/12/13 by P. Wedge
The second week of the season opened with high expectations for the Kent State Tuscarawas Golden Eagles golf team, and even though the team's aggregate score improved the weather took a turn for the worse. The Golden Eagles shot 353 and finished 8th of 13 teams in raw, windy conditions at Jaycees Golf Course at the OU Chillicothe Invitational.
Division III Shawnee State University won the tournament with an overall team score of 323 which easily out-distanced the second place host Hilltoppers score of 340 by 17 strokes. The Bears also won individual medalist honors with a round of 76 while only two players managed to card scores in the 70s during the tournament.
Senior Jesse Campbell (Sugarcreek,OH/Hannibal River HS) led the Golden Eagles with a round of 42/41/83, while Brandon Miller (Sugarcreek,OH/Hiland HS) shot 42/44/86, Cameron Mazziotta (Malvern/Malvern HS) went 47/41/88 and Darryn Howard (Carrollton/Carrollton HS) greatly improved his play in just his second career tournament round with a 47/48/95.
"The weather certainly made things tough for everybody," said Coach Rob Brindley. "The windy wet conditions caused Jesse to lose a contact lens and he gutted it through a round and one-half basically playing with one eye," he added. "Everybody was cold, fighting the wind and after three and one-half inches of rain over the last two days, they had to slog through some very wet areas on the course. The weather took its toll and the round was a real grinder," Brindley said
The Golden Eagles finished in the midst of a log jam of teams with 12 strokes separating them from the second place Hilltoppers. The final standings illustrate the team's competitive natural and Brindley said it was just a matter of time before they rise to the top of the leaderboard.
Final Standings - Shawnee State 323, OU Chillicothe 340, Clark State CC 342, OSU Newark 343, UA Wayne 346, OU Zanesville 348, OU Eastern 349, KSU Tuscarawas 352, MU Middletown 359, MU Hamilton 360, OU Lancaster 362, OSU Lima 373, OU Chillicothe B 387.
Warmer, Windy Day Equates to Improved Play
Golden Eagles Place Sixth at Lancaster
4/13/13 by P. Wedge
As weather and course conditions improved greatly on Saturday, so did the play of the Golden Eagles as they placed sixth at the OU Lancaster Cougar Invitational. Shooting their best team total on the season---338---KSU Tuscarawas finished just 14 strokes off the pace set by tournament champion Akron Wayne (324) and 29 strokes ahead of the last place finisher.
Valley View Golf Club was much firmer than the course at Chillicothe as seven of the teams managed to improved their scores by double digits from the previous day. The Golden Eagles were 14 strokes better on Saturday.
This time it was freshman Cameron Mazziotta(Malvern/Malvern HS) breaking through with a round of 38/40/78, coming home with two birdies and nine pars on his card. Senior, Jesse Campbell (Sugarcreek,OH/Hannibal River HS) logged another solid round with a 42/41/83, Brandon Miller (Sugarcreek,OH/Hiland HS) continued his surprising early play with an eagle shooting 38/46/84 and coming home in 38 after a disappointing opening nine, and Alan Hicks (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia HS) shot a 93 in his first action on the season.
"It was nice for the weather to turn and the sun to actually shine late in the afternoon once everybody made the turn," said Coach Rob Brindley. "Starting out in the gusty, cold weather took its toll on the early starters, but once the sun came out the scores improved and the two-day grind seemed to disappear from the guys faces," he added.
The Golden Eagles also benefited from finally playing with their first full roster of the season and were able to have five golfers competing in a tournament.
"I think the guys were also able to relax a bit knowing they had a fifth man today," Brindley said. "The must-have low round pressure was finally lifted and it really put a bounce in everyone's step. Most of the time the guys put enough stress on themselves to go low and having only four guys only compounded that. After today's success I know they were a little more thoughtful during shotmaking and maybe even a little more daring at the right times. Also, we had a conversation about not worrying about what slot in the rotation they were playing in and to just focus on man versus course. Lot's of times guys get caught up in going mano-e-mano and trying to match shots instead of playing their own game," Brindley said.
Next week the Golden Eagles hope to continue their early season rise playing in the Thunderhawk Invitational at Miami Middletown on Friday and the Harrier Classic at Miami Hamilton..
Final Standings - Akron Wayne 324, OU Chillicothe 327, MU Hamilton 331, MU Middletown 334, OU Zanesville 335, KSU Tuscarawas 338, OSU Newark 349, OSU Lima 364, OU Lancaster 369, OU Eastern 370.
Team Can't Adjust to Being Thrown Back Into the Deep Freeze
Golden Eagles Ninth at Middletown
4/19/13 by P. Wedge
The Kent State Tuscarawas golf team shot a team total of 350 at the Thunderhawk Invitational hosted by Miami University Middletown on Friday. Ohio State Newark won the title with a score of 327, while yet once again the weather deteriorated to the point of paralyzing the field of 55 players with only three players managing to break 80.
Wildwood Golf Club was a blustery 39 degrees with sleet raining down on the teams finishing rounds in the late tee times.
For the second time this seasonfreshman Brandon Miller (Sugarcreek,OH/HilandHS) led the team with two birdies on the day shooting 40/42/82 on the day. Miller had to take penalty stroke for a lost ball on the opening-nine, which sabotaged his chances of a round in the 70s after starting at one under through the first six holes of the day.
Jesse Campbell (Sugarcreek,OH/Hannibal River) ended his final nine with a fine score of 39 after opening with a 46 and finished with a round of 85. Alan Hicks (New Philadelphia,OH/New Philadelphia) shot 43/48/91 and couldn't overcome a double digit bogey score on the 17th hole of the tournament or he could have finished at 84, while Darryn Howard (Carrollton,OH/Carrollton HS) added a 45/47/92 as the Golden Eagles player shorthanded once again with just four players traveling to the tournament.
"When you look at the scores you will find that we were just six strokes from a top five finish," said Coach Rob Brindley. "It was a very tough day in the raw wind. But we managed to close on the back nine," he added. "We are very close, but not having a full-team once again put us in a bad position. We are getting better though and I expect good things down the home stretch of the season," Brindley said.
Final Standings - OSU Newark 327, Cincinnati State 332, UA Wayne 334, OU Chillicothe 338, MU Hamilton 344, MU Middletown 345, OU Zanesville 346, OSU Lima 348, KSU Tuscarawas 350, OU Lancaster 375, OU Eastern 376.
Wind and Freshly Aerated Greens Wreak Havoc
Golden Eagles Score But Just Miss Top Five Finish
4/20/13 by P. Wedge
A second consecutive team total of 350 at the Harrier Invitational hosted by Miami University Hamilton on Saturday placed the Kent State Tuscarawas Golf Team in eighth place in a field of 12 teams. Cincinnati State captured the overall team title with a round of 330.
Hamilton Elks Golf Club was a windy and chilly 41 degrees, but the aeratedgreens were the Golden Eagles downfall in the afternoon sunshine.
"It was a story of two different nines for us at Hamilton," said Coach Rob Brindley. "The front nine was freshly aerated and caused a lot of putts to jump and go off line, while the second nine featured aerated greens that were nearly healed. Obviously, they were done at different times to keep the course open, but it was a bit annoying for the guys as they tried to adjust to putting speed and conditions on the Red and White courses," he added.
The team's ball striking was really good on the day, however, they ended up with six double bogeys and four triple bogeys, mostly caused by putting problems.
"They adjusted well to the more normal back nine and each man managed to improve their score from the front," Brindley said. "It's hard to adjust to the nuances of greens, but the two nines weren't even close to being alike," he added. "And, often times it's the younger players who get caught in old habits and can't adjust their games," he said referring to his young team.
Jesse Campbell (Sugarcreek,OH/Hannibal River) led the Golden Eagles with a round of 43/41/84, Brandon Miller (Sugarcreek,OH/Hiland) shot 45/40/85, Alan Hicks (New Philadelphia,OH/New Philadelphia) 45/42/87 and Darryn Howard added a 94.
Despite the eighth place finish, the Golden Eagles were only nine strokes from making the top five once again. They also finished well ahead of the laggards as the ninth place finisher was 13 strokes back and they were 37 strokes better than the last place team.
"We are so close," Brindley said. "We played with just four players once again and nearly made a run at a top five spot. Just a missed green here, and a couple of made putts there and we were right there," he added.
Next Friday the Golden Eagles travel to the OSU Lima Baron Invitational at Hawthorne Hills in Lima.
Final Standings - Cincinnati State 330, MU Hamilton 335, UA Wayne 339, OU Chillicothe 339, OSU Newark 341, MU Middletown 346, OU Zanesville 347, KSU Tuscarawas 350, Clark State 363, OU Lancaster 381, OSU Lima 386, OU Eastern 387.
Scores Much Better on Sunny, Soggy Course
Golden Eagles Match Season's Lowest Round But Finish Ninth
4/26/13 by P. Wedge
The Kent State Tuscarawas Golden Eagle golf team shot a team total of 338 at the Ohio State Lima Baron Invitational on Friday, but placed ninth in the field of 12 teams. Division III Shawnee State took the title with a very convincing team score or 293 while the nearest competitor finishing 20 strokes behind.
The day was filled with sunshine but the course was very soggy and the field benefited from being able to lift, clean and place the ball on each shot. Picturesque Hawthorne Hills Golf Club had taken several inches of rain the week before the tournament and the closed remained closed until tournament play."Wow, what a difference some sunny weather and improved lies can make," said Coach Rob Brindley. "The course is beautiful, but there was water everywhere. To make things fair, the tournament director decided that they only way to get the tournament in was to play to ball up," he added.
The Golden Eagles had one of their best days of the season as they managed to play with a full squad and their top three spots nearly got into rounds in the 70s. On the day, the team found the course to their liking, but did not find the wet conditions very friendly with several players losing balls to the very receptive ground.
Cameron Mazziotta (Malvern,OH/Malvern) led the way with a nice round of 39/41/80, while Jesse Campbell (Sugarcreek,OH/Hannibal River) added 42/41/83 and Brandon Miller (Sugarcreek,OH/Hiland) shot 45/39/84 with a great closing stretch despite a double-bogey on one hole. Alan Hicks (New Philadelphia,OH/New Philadelphia) shot 47/44/91 to round out the team scoring.
The Golden Eagles may have finished in ninth place but one again they easily out-distanced the 10 thru 12 place spots. They ended 19 strokes ahead of 10th place and 55 strokes ahead of the 12th place finisher.
"We are still just a four-man round in the mid to low eighties to making our way to the top of the leaderboard," Brindley said. "We did have five players this time, but our fifth man was playing in his first tournament of the season and under some very tough conditions," he added.
Next Friday the Golden Eagles travel to the Akron Wayne Warrior Invitational at The Pine Golf Club in Orrville, and also make a trip to the Ohio State Newark Titan Invitational at The Link at Echo Springs in Johnstown .
Final Standings - Shawnee State 293, UA Wayne 313, OU Chillicothe 314, Clark State 317, OSU Newark 317, MU Hamilton 324, OSU Lima 326, MU Middletown 330, KSU Tuscarawas 338, OU Zanesville 357, OU Lancaster 392, OU Eastern 393.
Campbell Paces Field as Medalist
Golden Eagles Right in the Middle of Things Despite Inflated Scores
5/3/13 by P. Wedge
Despite getting a medalist leading round from their number one man, the Kent State Tuscarawas Golden Eagle golf team shot a team total of 348 at the Akron Wayne Warrior Invitational on Friday and placed sixth in the field of 10 teams. The host Wayne Warriors took their own title for the first time in 11 years with a 333 while KSU Tuscarawas shot 348.
Playing on the most pleasant day of the year, the field struggled around The Pines Golf Club in Orrville, Ohio. The Golden Eagles may have finished sixth, but they finished just six strokes from fourth place and nine strokes from a top three finish."This was another very doable situation for us," said Coach Rob Brindley. "The day was beautiful, some of the team played a practice round at The Pines the day before the tournament, and it was a real chance for us to make a charge up a leaderboard," he added. "However, besides Jesse we just didn't show but still managed to get close once again," he said.
Despite having trouble hitting greens, senior one-man Jesse Campbell (Sugarcreek,OH/Hannibal River) had a very good day scrambling and came home in 38 after and opening 40 to grab tournament medalist honors with a 78. The rest of the team struggled though, as Brandon Miller (Sugarcreek,OH/Hiland) shot 45/42/87, but was magic with the flat stick putting just 28 times on the day. Cameron Mazziotta (Malvern,OH/Malvern) went 43/47/90 while Alan Hicks (New Philadelphia,OH/New Philadelphia) shot 48/45/93.
"If we shoot our average, or each man shoots just four strokes over their season average we win the tournament," Brindley said. "We had some bad breaks out there," he added, "but it seems that our pre-tournament knowledge changed because the course set-up was different than in the practice round. As is the case with younger players, they struggled to change their approach to the course and stayed in their comfort zones instead of adjusting their shot-making," he said.
Just one tournament is left on the regular season schedule before the state tournament and that is on Saturday when the Golden Eagles travel to the Ohio State Newark Titan Invitational. The tournament will be held in Johnstown, Ohio, on The Links at Echo Springs golf course.
Final Standings - UA Wayne 333, OSU Newark 335, MU Middletown 339, OU Chillicothe 342, MU Hamilton 343, KSU Tuscarawas 348, OU Zanesville 349, OU Eastern 361, OU Lancaster 375, OSU Lima 383.
Campbell Earns Second Consecutive Medalist Finish
Golden Eagles Fourth at Tough Links Course
5/4/13 by P. Wedge
For the second straight day, senior one-man, Jesse Campbell grabbed medalist honors as the Kent State Tuscarawas Golden Eagle golf team shot a team total of 337 at the OSU Newark Titan Invitational and placed fourth in a field of 12 teams. The host Titans took their own title carding a team total of 325 just twelve strokes ahead of the Golden Eagles and four strokes ahead of second place OU Chillicothe.
It was also the second day in a row that the teams enjoyed sunny but gusty wind conditions as they played The Links at Echo Springs golf course in Johnstown, Ohio. The Golden Eagles finally got the finish they were looking for and nearly had a playoff for medalist honors by two members of its' own team.
Campbell (Sugarcreek,OH/Hannibal River) had a great day putting and driving and carded a rare birdie on the hardest hole of the course as he opened with a round of 40 but shot a 37 on the inward nine to finish with his 77. Miller (Sugarcreek,OH/Hiland) started the day with a birdie on his opening hole of the day and shot a 36 on the outward nine---the toughest portion of the course---and closed with a 42 to finish with his 78, while Alan Hicks (New Philadelphia,OH/New Philadelphia) shot 42/46/88 and Darryn Howard (Carrollton,OH/Carrollton) shot 47/47/94.
"It was a wonderful weekend for Jesse," Brindley said. "He has come a long, long way since last season earning his way from the number five spot to the one-man spot," he added. "And I love how Brandon bounced back from his highest round of the season on Friday," Brindley said while adding, "he was really driven and knows he is very capable. We worked a little on the range before the day started on just making good contact, hitting through the ball and completing swings which seemed to help," he added. "The momentum and excitement we built today could be very important through the week of practice ahead and into our final weekend of the season," he added.
Next weekend the Golden Eagles head to the two-day Ohio Regional Campus Conference state tournament. Friday is the opening day of the championship as the team heads to Belmont Hills Country Club in St. Clairsville, OH, while action culminates on Saturday at the Jaycees Golf Course in Zanesville.
Final Standings - OSU Newark (1) 325, OU Chillicothe 329, UA Wayne 331, KSU Tuscarawas 337, MU Hamilton 338, OU Eastern 340, OU Zanesville 343, MU Middletown 349, Clark State 352, OSU Lima 360, OSU Newark (2) 360, OU Lancaster 380.
Thunder Storms Shorten First Round Action
Golden Eagles Tied for Second in State Tournament Play
5/10/13 by P. Wedge
Thunder, lightning and heavy downpours were the order of the day for first round of action in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference state tournament, which was shortened to nine holes after two lengthy stoppages. Heading into second round action the Kent State Tuscarawas Golden Eagles finished in a tie for second place with MU Hamilton as both teams shot a 155. Akron Wayne was the day one leader by five shots with a team total150.
The Golden Eagles earned an early tee time and will be paired with MU Hamilton and UA Wayne on Saturday, when they travel to Zanesville for the remaining 18 holes of the tournament. The tournament will be held at the Jaycees Golf Course.
"We were playing well early," said Coach Rob Brindley. "The storms could have squelched that momentum, but I have to give the guys a lot of credit for staying focused even though it continued to rain after they made the turn," he added.
The entire team made it onto the inward ninebefore the final horn sounded and stopped play for the final time. Through 14 holes it appeared as if the Golden Eagles were well positioned to have at least three players finish with rounds in the 70s. There were still two groups on the course that had to wait out the deluge and finish the last two holes before the decision was made to halt play for the day.
Brandon Miller (Sugarcreek,OH/Hiland) led the day carding three birdies and narrowly missing a hole-in-one on the second hole by two inches. Miller was having a great all around day and shot a one-over par 37, at one point overcoming a triple bogey with a birdie on the very next hole. Alan Hicks (New Philadelphia,OH/New Philadelphia) went out in 38 despite a four putt on one hole, while Jesse Campbell (Sugarcreek,OH/Hannibal River) shot 39, Cameron Mazziotta (Malvern,OH/Malvern) added a 41 and Darryn Howard (Carrollton,OH/Carrollton) a 44.
Final Standings - UA Wayne 150, KSU Tuscarawas 155, MU Hamilton 155, MU Middletown 156, OU Chillicothe 157, OSU Newark 159, OU Eastern 165, OU Zanesville 168, OU Lancaster 176.
Team Continued Good Late Season Play
Golden Eagles Shoot Season Low, Finish Fifth in State Tournament
5/11/13 by P. Wedge
On the second and final day of the Ohio Regional Campus Conference State Tournament, Kent State Tuscarawas carded a team low round of 331. A two-day total of 486 however, placed the Golden Eagles in fifth on the leaderboard just three strokes from fourth place and six strokes from third. Akron Wayne capped a stellar season shooting 462 to win the tournament. The Warriors also won the regular season title.
Although the Golden Eagles played a solid round and earned their lowest team score of the season, they were disappointed that they did not finish higher in the standings after ending first round tournament action tied for second.
"Overall the guys were not happy that they didn't complete their state tournament mission," said Coach Rob Brindley. "Everyone thought they left some strokes out on the course today and felt the outcome should have been much better. I empathize with their disappointment," he added, "and the fact that in hindsight they are questioning their play means that the round was a great learning experience. They learned some valuable golf lessons today and I am proud of they way they handled themselves," he said.
The source of the team's disappointment came from the "others" on their scorecards as they posted 13 scores worse than bogey. Still, they fought through and managed to post a season low round.
Brandon Miller (Sugarcreek,OH/Hiland) led the Golden Eagles for the second day in a row with a 41/37/78. At one point Miller parred seven straight holes on the back nine and was level on eight of the nine holes on the inward side. Cameron Mazziotta (Malvern,OH/Malvern) posted a steady 40/40/80 with a birdie and seven pars, while Alan Hicks (New Philadelphia,OH/New Philadelphia) made four pars and a birdie on his front nine shooting 38/46/84 and Jesse Campbell (Sugarcreek,OH/Hannibal River) bounced back with a closing nine of 43 despite a quadruple bogey and ended with an 89 while Darryn Howard (Carrollton,OH/Carrollton) shot 94.