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Miami Golf Wins MAC Championship and NCAA Tourney Bid

CHARDON, Ohio – The Miami University golf team won the 2015 Mid-American Conference Championship on Sunday. The RedHawks shot a final round of two-over par 290 to finish the event at eight-over par. Miami led the tournament wire-to-wire and won by eight strokes. Toledo finished in second at 16-over par. It is the first MAC Championship for the Red and White since the 1996 season.

“I was really proud of our guys, especially for a couple of reasons,” said head coach Zac Zedrick. “One is we came here this week believing that if we played our best golf, we were going to win so to go out and do that is awesome.

“The other great piece to this is we went wire-to-wire. Leading from that first day and to maintain that in a four round tournament is very difficult to do. It’s tough to go to bed with the lead two nights in a row and the guys did a tremendous job of handling that pressure. It was very impressive how relaxed everyone stayed and trusting that if we just took care of our business, we were going to be good.”

Individually, three Miami golfers finished in the top five. Senior Scott Cahill shot a final round one-under par 71 on Sunday to finish tied for second at even par. He was only one shot behind the individual winner, Johnny Watts from Ball State. Junior Jack Sparling shot a 71, while freshman Patrick Flavin had a 72 in the final round. Each finished tied for fourth at two-over par.

“To have that kind of performance from Scott, Jack and Pat this week was amazing,” said Zedrick. “For them to all be in position to win individually obviously gels with what he had going on as a team. There was a lot of pressure today. There is postseason awards; there is the desire to play well for the team.. For them to step up today is a testament to their will and desire to get it done.”

Sophomore Greg Conrad and senior Brantley Kushner each shot a 76 on Sunday. Conrad finished tied for 22nd at 10-over par, while Kushner was tied for 32nd at 16-over par.

Miami cleaned up at the awards ceremony immediately following the tournament. Flavin was named the MAC Freshman of the Year, while Zedrick was named the Kermit Blosser Coach of the Year. Flavin earned a spot on the All-MAC First Team, while Cahill was a member of the second team. Flavin, Cahill and Sparling were all named to the MAC All-Tournament Team.

“I was really happy for Pat, he’s had a really amazing year only finishing outside the top 20 once,” said Zedrick. “To come in as a freshman and perform as he has done, there is definitely more to come from him. As for Scott this was a great way for him to go out. As our captain he has been a great leader. I can say we need to get things done, but he was someone who was pushing the guys all year and really getting them to buy in and believe that this is what we could do this year. For Scott to be recognized is important.

“As far as Coach of the Year, I think that’s a players’ award. If you are Coach of the Year that means you have a great bunch of guys that work hard, they care about getting better and believe in accomplishing big things. So it’s really just a testament to our team.”

Miami has clinched an automatic berth into one of six NCAA Regionals. The selection show will air live at 10 a.m. on Monday on the Golf Channel. The NCAA Regionals will take place May 14-16.

“In the NCAA Regional, one to five is all the same. Whether you finish first or fifth you end up in (the NCAA Championship),” said Zedrick. “We’re going to take a couple of days and enjoy this first. It’s been 19 years since we won a conference championship and we’re going to savor it. Come Wednesday we are going to refocus and get locked in to getting ready for regionals. There is no reason that we can’t go there and give ourselves a great chance to advance. We’ll get locked into the idea that this is awesome, but we’re not done yet.”

CHARDON, Ohio – The Miami University golf team won the 2015 Mid-American Conference Championship on Sunday. The RedHawks shot a final round of two-over par 290 to finish the event at eight-over par. Miami led the tournament wire-to-wire and won by eight strokes. Toledo finished in second at 16-over par. It is the first MAC Championship for the Red and White since the 1996 season.

“I was really proud of our guys, especially for a couple of reasons,” said head coach Zac Zedrick. “One is we came here this week believing that if we played our best golf, we were going to win so to go out and do that is awesome.

“The other great piece to this is we went wire-to-wire. Leading from that first day and to maintain that in a four round tournament is very difficult to do. It’s tough to go to bed with the lead two nights in a row and the guys did a tremendous job of handling that pressure. It was very impressive how relaxed everyone stayed and trusting that if we just took care of our business, we were going to be good.”

Individually, three Miami golfers finished in the top five. Senior Scott Cahill shot a final round one-under par 71 on Sunday to finish tied for second at even par. He was only one shot behind the individual winner, Johnny Watts from Ball State. Junior Jack Sparling shot a 71, while freshman Patrick Flavin had a 72 in the final round. Each finished tied for fourth at two-over par.

“To have that kind of performance from Scott, Jack and Pat this week was amazing,” said Zedrick. “For them to all be in position to win individually obviously gels with what he had going on as a team. There was a lot of pressure today. There is postseason awards; there is the desire to play well for the team.. For them to step up today is a testament to their will and desire to get it done.”

Sophomore Greg Conrad and senior Brantley Kushner each shot a 76 on Sunday. Conrad finished tied for 22nd at 10-over par, while Kushner was tied for 32nd at 16-over par.

Miami cleaned up at the awards ceremony immediately following the tournament. Flavin was named the MAC Freshman of the Year, while Zedrick was named the Kermit Blosser Coach of the Year. Flavin earned a spot on the All-MAC First Team, while Cahill was a member of the second team. Flavin, Cahill and Sparling were all named to the MAC All-Tournament Team.

“I was really happy for Pat, he’s had a really amazing year only finishing outside the top 20 once,” said Zedrick. “To come in as a freshman and perform as he has done, there is definitely more to come from him. As for Scott this was a great way for him to go out. As our captain he has been a great leader. I can say we need to get things done, but he was someone who was pushing the guys all year and really getting them to buy in and believe that this is what we could do this year. For Scott to be recognized is important.

“As far as Coach of the Year, I think that’s a players’ award. If you are Coach of the Year that means you have a great bunch of guys that work hard, they care about getting better and believe in accomplishing big things. So it’s really just a testament to our team.”

Miami has clinched an automatic berth into one of six NCAA Regionals. The selection show will air live at 10 a.m. on Monday on the Golf Channel. The NCAA Regionals will take place May 14-16.

“In the NCAA Regional, one to five is all the same. Whether you finish first or fifth you end up in (the NCAA Championship),” said Zedrick. “We’re going to take a couple of days and enjoy this first. It’s been 19 years since we won a conference championship and we’re going to savor it. Come Wednesday we are going to refocus and get locked in to getting ready for regionals. There is no reason that we can’t go there and give ourselves a great chance to advance. We’ll get locked into the idea that this is awesome, but we’re not done yet.”

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