Rain canceled the final round of the John Piper Intercollegiate Tuesday, but it didn’t dampen the hopes for the rest of the Bobcats’ season.
“I want us to keep getting better, and I think we’re headed in the right direction,” said Ohio U. head coach Bob Cooley.
Cooley estimates the team got through the first seven to nine holes Tuesday, but with rain dampening the course overnight and into final round play, it was all over.
“The course just became unplayable because it never stopped raining,” said coach Cooley, “There was standing water on the greens and in the fairways, and it was kind of unfair to the kids.”
Third round play began as scheduled at 8:30 a.m. yesterday after club officials determined that the course was playable. But after continuous rain throughout the morning, play had to be halted shortly after 11:00 a.m. when the course became unplayable.
Ohio recorded its first top ten finish of the season both individually and in team play during the event.
Byron Firestone recorded the first top ten finish of the season for the Bobcats with his 4-over 48. Although Cooley was pleased with Firestone’s individual finish, he says that his team can play better.
“It basically came down to making a couple big numbers. John Mlynarski played real well the first round, but then he shot two balls into the water,” Cooley said, “But we’re getting better.”
The short game hurt the Bobcats once again during the event, with many players double and triple bogeying holes after reaching the green with only a few shots.
All Ohio starters placed in the top 50 in the event, with Paul Grauer, Brad Lucas and Chuck Nettles posting identical scores. Both shot 8-over 152, with 76s in both rounds.
Mlynarski, who led all Bobcats after the first round, plummeted in the second round. The junior shot a 7-over 79, taking him from 12th to 46th.
Bowling Green won its own event by 11 strokes, with Falcon Drew Preston winning individually with a 5-under-139.