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April 13, 2015


Golf teams expect to build on last season's success

By Jordan SmithCleveland state golf

Cleveland State University’s men’s golf team has been looking to defend its title as Horizon League champions and is sitting atop the Horizon League.

Senior Michael Balcar and junior Paul Minko are both top 5 golfers in the Horizon League. Balcar has totaled 1,091 strokes in 15 rounds. So far, he has one top 5 finish on the season.

Sophomore Patrick Luth is tied for the most rounds played on the team this season with 22. Luth has landed two top 5 finishes on the season.

The team closed out the Benbow Invitational finishing in third place out of seven teams. In its next tournament at the William & Mary Invitational, it finished 18 of 30. Minko had the lowest score on the team in the first round with 73.

The most recent tournament for the men was the Wright State Intercollegiate on April 5 and 6. They finished in seventh place among nine teams. Junior Mitchell More had the lowest score for Cleveland State on the second day of the tournament with a 73.

He currently posesses the lowest round shot on the team this season with a score of 65. The men have one more tournament at the Rutherford intercollegiate in University Park, Pa. before the Horizon League Tournament in Florida beginning on April 24. If the mens team can take home Horizon League Champion honors, it would be their first repeat title since the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

Junior Allyson Hackman is doing her part for the women’s team. She took home Horizon League co-golfer of the week honors after her third-place finish at the Butler Spring Invitational. She’s also third-ranked golfer among the women in the Horizon-League. Hackman’s final score in the second round was 69, which made her the second player in school history to break 70.

Cleveland State finished fourth of eight teams at the Butler Invitational. The ladies most recently finished participating in the Colonel Classic in Richmond, Ky. They shot 329 and finished in 10th place among 12 teams.Their next tournament is at Dolores Black Falcon Invitational. The Cleveland State women remain in third place in the Horizon League behind Youngstown State University and Oakland University. Their season concludes with the Horizon League Championship in Florida on April 26.