DEFIANCE, Ohio-- The Mount St. Joseph men's golf team traveled this weekend to Defiance, Ohio to play their final match prior to the HCAC tournament. They played pretty well, leading the tournament after the first round by two strokes. In round two the Lions struggled a bit falling seven strokes off of their first round score. They would finish second as Ohio Northern shot an outstanding 294 in round two.
In round one the Lions posted a team score of 299, to post a two stroke lead over Ohio Northern. They were led on day one by Kyle Miller (New Vienna, OH/ East Clinton) and Andrew Ruehle (Pickerington, OH/ Pickerington North) who each shot a 74. Each of the players in the Lions lineup shot in the 70's in round one.
Round two, while it was no where near a disaster for the Lions was not as kind. Each player was still in the 70's, but as a team they were seven strokes worse. They shot a 306 in round two, Mikel Merker (Dayton, OH/ West Carrolton) was the low man in round two with a 74.
All told the Lions were led again by senior Andrew Booth (Canton, OH/ Canton Central Catholic), who's consistent play has been a bright spot for the Lions all season. He finished tied for 7th overall with a 151 (76,75). Merker finished one stroke behind, tying for ninth place with a 152 (78,74). Miller, Ruehle and Jason Sawyer (Findlay, OH/ Van Buren) each finished tied for 12th place with identical 153's.
The Lions will look to carry this momentum into next weekend as they host the first round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships at Miami Whitewater Forest Golf Course. The second and final round of the tournament will be hosted by Rose-Hulman at the Hulman links golf club.