COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Dominican men's golf team will begin the 2016-17 fall season on Tuesday, September 6 as it hosts and participates in its first match of the year, the ODU Kickoff Classic at Jefferson Country Club in Blacklick, Ohio.
A total of 12 teams are set to participate, as players will begin at a shotgun start of 8:30 a.m. and will play 36 continuous holes. Par is set at 72 with yardage of 6922. The field of teams has increased from eight a season ago to 12 for this year's event. Ohio Dominican finished fourth in the tournament a season ago with a two-round total score of 602.
With just one senior departing from last year's squad, ODU returns a bevy of experience, including a total of four seniors and seven active competitors from a season ago. Senior Austin Goodridge (Lima, Ohio) will look to build on a solid junior season in which he recorded four top ten finishes and two top five finishes. He finished with a season average of 76.2, a low round of 70 at the Saginaw Valley State Spring Invitational (March 30, 2016) and a winning percentage of .715 on the year.
Senior Eric Thompson (Miamisburg, Ohio) will also look to build on a strong junior year. Thompson recorded three top ten finishes and ranked second on the squad last season in winning percentage (.626). His season average of 76.88 ranked third on the team, and his season low score of 71 came at the ODU Kickoff Classic (September 8, 2015).
Juniors Ryan Thompson (Dunfermline, Scotland) and Mitchell King (Kingston, Ontario) also return after competing in a combined 34 rounds last season. Thompson competed in 17 rounds over eight tournaments, finishing with a low round of 76 at the Saginaw Valley State Spring Invitational (March 30, 2016) and recorded his highest finish at the Yellow Jacket Invitational (October 20, 2015), where he placed in a tie for 15. King finished with a season low round of 72 at the GLIAC North Invitational (September 21, 2015) and boasted a winning percentage of .612.
The 2016 ODU ODU Kickoff Classic begins at 8:30 a.m. at Jefferson Country Club in Blacklick. Live scoring will be available for the event through Golfstat at http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=participants&tid=11663.
Contact: Aaron McPherson