DEFIANCE, Ohio-- The Mount St. Joseph men's golf team entered the Defiance Invitational flying high after winning their previous two tournaments. They would continue to dominant the golf course, by firing in a two round total of 584. Securing the victory, with seven of the ten Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference schools being represented. Kyle Miller (New Vienna, OH/East Clinton) led the Lions to the victory with back-to-back 2-over par scores of 72. The performance would land Miller in a tie for third place overall in the tournament.
The Lions fired in an outstanding first round score of 286, the team's single round low score for the year. This score was low enough to give the Lions a nine-stroke lead over HCAC rival Transylvania going into championship Sunday. Mikel Merker (Dayton, OH/West Carrolton) posted the Lions best opening round score with a 1-under 69 and Kevin Imhulse (Wilmington, OH/Wilmington) followed that up with an even-par 70.
The Lions would not be as strong in round two but they were strong enough. They were able to still keep their score under that magical 300 number, to the tune of a 298. Freshman Ethan McCarthy (Cincinnati, OH/Oak Hills) rounded out the team score for The Mount, firing a very steady score of 150, with back to back 75's. Miller, Merker, and Imhulse all finished in the top five for the Lions in the win.
This was the Lions final tune-up for the HCAC Championship which will take place over the next two weeks. The first weekend will be hosted by Franklin College at The Fort Golf Club in Indianapolis, Indiana. They hope to carry the momentum of the past three weeks into the HCAC tournament and secure the Lions first conference title.