CENTERVILLE, Ohio-- The Mount St. Joseph men's golf team hosted their spring invitational on Tuesday, and came away with the team and individual win. The tournament which was postponed due to weather took place as a one day 36-hole tournament at Yankee Trace Golf Club in Centerville, Ohio. The other teams in the tournament included Bluffton University, Otterbein University, Ohio Dominican University and Madonna University who all played through cold, and dreary weather for more than ten hours.
The Mount was led in the tournament by Senior standout Mikel Merker (Dayton, OH/West Carrolton) who fired in consecutive 2-under par scores of 70 to take home the individual tournament championship. His consistent play saw him eclipse the field, winning by a commanding five strokes. Merker led the field in scoring on par-4 holes, which was instrumental in his win. He also led the tournament in birdies by making birdie on 10 of the 36 holes.
Joining Merker on the all-tournament team from The Mount was Senior Kyle Miller (New Vienna, OH/East Clinton). The powerful lefty overcame a 5-over 77 in his first round, by delivering a 2-under par 70 in round two. Good for a 36-hole total of 147 which was good for fourth place overall. Miller utilized his length off the tee to play the par-5's to 1-under par for the tournament.
Merker and Miller were joined in the top-5 for the Lions by fellow Seniors Kevin Imhulse (Wilmington, OH/Wilmington) and Andrew Ruehle (Pickerington, OH/Pickerington North) as well as freshman Ethan McCarthy (Cincinnati, OH/Oak Hills). Imhulse finished third on the team with a 6-over par 150, McCarthy followed with a 7-over 151, and Ruehle rounded out the team with a 10-over 154.
Freshman David Dattilo (Cincinnati, OH/Elder) was the Lions top individual score in the tournament with a 13-over 157. The Lions will take to the course again this weekend as they travel north to Wooster, Ohio for the Nye Intercollegiate Tournament.