Golf: Bobcats swing into season with southern play

The Ohio men’s and women’s golf teams will compete in different regions of the country this weekend.

The women’s team starts it’s spring season Sunday by participating in the Claud Jacobs Challenge in Victoria, Texas. The Bobcats finished fourth in the Zippy Invitational in October to close out the fall season.

Ohio is starting its spring season early this year. This past season, the Bobcats did not begin competition until March.

Ohio women’s golf coach Kelly Ovington said the added tournament would help. She said in previous years the team felt a step behind competing with other teams who already had a tournament under their belts.

“This turned out to be a great field. It’s going to be a great tournament,” Ovington said. “Hopefully, we can pull together some good numbers and show up there.”

Ball State and Toledo will also represent the MAC.  This is the first year Ohio has participated in the challenge.

“The team is definitely ready to go. They’re eager to get started, they’ve worked extremely hard last fall and this winter,” Ovington said. “I think they’re ready to see the fruits of their labor.”

The men’s team takes on DePaul after a seventh-place finish at the Mid-American Conference Match Play tournament in Florida Monday and Tuesday. Coach Bob Cooley said the team had trouble on its tee shots and putting.

“We take what we did down in Florida, now we know where our weak points are, where our strong points are and go from there,” Cooley said.

Last year, Ohio lost to the Blue Demons 4-1. This will be the third straight year the Bobcats tee up against DePaul in Hilton Head, S.C.

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