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Bailey shines for Vikings golf team

By Rachel Tuma

Oct. 13, 2011

After a rain delay, the Cleveland State Vikings men’s golf team placed second in their first invitational of the season on October 4.

The Viking shot a 294 to finish under the first place team IPFW who shot 289.

Head coach Steve Weir thinks his team played rather well for placing second.

“Overall it was a successful event for us,” he said. “We would have liked to win, but second was a good finish.”

The event was played at the par-71, 7,021 yard Canterbury G.G.  Since there was a rain delay, the golf tournament was shortened to 18 holes rather than the scheduled 54.

Weir didn’t believe that the shorter tournament ruined the team’s chance of placing first. 

“Our team adapts well to any situation,” he said. “It would have been nice to complete 54 holes, but that was not the reason we didn’t win.”

One player stood out for the whole team and was one of the top reasons why the Vikings did so well.

Sophomore Andrew Bailey shot a three-under-par 68 and earned medalist honors.  He helped the Vikings finish second among 14 other teams.

Bailey was last year’s Horizon League Newcomer of the Year and co-medalist at the league championship. 

Weir thought Bailey played great in the invitational.

“He won, so he played quite well,” said Weir. “He stayed patient in poor conditions and didn’t get too far ahead of himself.”

Bailey winning medalist honors is a big honor to say the least.  Coach Weir was happy to see him win this.

“It is nice to see a player get rewarded for their accomplishments,” Weir said.

In Weir’s eyes, Bailey isn’t his only shining star on the team.  Even though Bailey finished with a score of 68, beating his record of 70, Weir believes that every player on his team has helped the Vikings be successful so far this season.

“Andrew has been part of our lineup, just like the rest of our guys,” he said. “We can’t have one player carry us; it is always a team effort.”

Weir wasn’t surprised that Bailey helped the Vikings place second.  He also mentioned another player worthy of recognition, Michael Klaric III.

“I wasn’t surprised at all,” he said. “Andrew was co-medalist at the Horizon League tournament last year with teammate Michael Klaric III.  Both Michael and Andrew have the ability to go out and perform like that in every event we play.”

Weir also feels that both men are one of his top players.

“Both Andrew and Michael are very strong for us,” he said.
The Vikings have been doing very well in their recent invitationals.  Weir believes they can continue being successful by staying positive. 

“We just have to stay patient and try to get better everyday,” he said. “We are a relatively young team, so we just need to continue working hard and we should see the results in the end.”

Thanks to Andrew Bailey and his teammates, the Vikings ended on a good note for their first CSU Invitational of the season.

CSU finished 7th of 15 in the UC Bearcat Invitational in Cincinnati on Oct. 10.  Klaric finished in third place.

The Vikings currently haven’t set a date yet for their next invitational.