(Rachel Stone)

By Keith Ritchie

The Eastern men’s golf team finished in fourth place at the two-day Bearcat Invitational, hosted by Cincinnati on Tuesday. The tournament, held at the Traditions Golf Club in Hebron, Ky. drew a 17-team field, including those from Ball State, Marshall and Ohio University.

The Colonels finished with a score of 898, 34 strokes over par and nine strokes behind first-place Miami (Ohio).

Eastern, which took fourth place, finished ahead of fifth-place Western Kentucky by five strokes.

Cincinnati edged the Colonels by one stroke to hang on to third place.

Ball State finished second with a 893.

Eastern had two players finish in the top-ten for the tournament.

Sophomore Brian Fister led the Colonels with an overall four-over-par 220. His round scores were 73, 75 and an even-par 72. Fister’s efforts put him tied for fifth place with Western’s Drew Preston.

Sophomore Billy Peel Jr. finished tied for ninth place with Northern Kentucky’s Jeremy Martin. Peel recorded an overall six-over-par 222. His round scores were 74, 71 and 77.

Peel’s second-round-one-under 71 was the only Eastern round under par in the tournament.

Red-shirt freshman Johan Eriksson, who was named OVC Co-Golfer of the Week after finishing in second place at the Xavier Invitational, recorded an overall twenty-over-par 236. The freshman struggled through a first round 80, and never rebounded. His second and third rounds were 77 and 79, landing Eriksson in a tie for 63rd place.

Miami’s Nathan Sutherland finished in first place with a six-under-par 210, seven strokes in front of Ball State’s Eric Steger.

The women’s team did not compete this week, but they returned to action at the F & M Bank APSU Intercollegiate, in Clarksville, Tenn., on Monday and Tuesday.

The men’s team also is scheduled to play in the same tournament, hosted by Austin Peay. The men’s tourney, however, will be play in Hopkinsville, Ky.