Prickette Leads MU Golfers Going Into Final Round in Akron

Oct. 12, 2009

Firestone Invitational - First/Second Rounds (PDF) Get Acrobat Reader

AKRON, Ohio -- Senior Mike McDonald fired a 71 and red-shirt freshman Ryan Prickette shot even-par 72 in an attempt to spark a second-round rally for the Marquette men's golf team Monday at the Firestone Invitational, but the group's slow start this morning during round one was an early setback.

Marquette is in ninth place with one round remaining. The Golden Eagles tallied a team score of 600 (298-302) on the day and was up to seventh in the team standings following the first round. MU is currently four strokes behind Toledo (596) and lags eight strokes behind Rhode Island, Kansas State and host Akron all tied at 592.

Eastern Michigan leads the 11-team field at even-par 576 (283-293). Last-place Western Carolina's Ricky Stout is atop the individual leaderboard at five-under 139 (69-70).

Prickette, who is the Golden Eagles' top individual scorer heading into Tuesday's final 18 holes of action, is currently tied for 20th place. He finished the day at three-over-par 147, which includes a 75 earlier in the day. His 72 is a collegiate low in eight rounds this season.

McDonald sits four strokes behind Prickette at seven-over 151 after he shot 80 in the first round. Junior Kelly Kretz's one-over-par 73 led the Golden Eagles in the first round. Kretz finished at eight-over 152 (73-79).

It's the second time in two weeks that Marquette has traveled to Ohio, as the Golden Eagles finished third last Tuesday at the Xavier Invitational.

Tuesday's third and final round will tee off at 7:30 a.m. CT on both hole one and hole 10. Live scoring is available.

Firestone Invitational
First/Second Rounds
October 12, 2009
Akron, Ohio -- Firestone Country Club
Par 72, 7,060 yards

Marquette Individuals
T20) Ryan Prickette 147 (75-72)
T37) Mike McDonald 151 (80-71)
T42) Kelly Kretz 152 (73-79)
T54) Matt Haase 154 (74-80
T60) Ben Sieg 157 (76-81)

Team Standings
1) Eastern Michigan, 576
2) St. Mary's (Calif.), 577
3) Michigan State, 585
4) Kentucky, 589
T5) Rhode Island, 592
T5) Kansas State, 592
T5) Akron, 592
8) Toledo, 596
9) Marquette, 600
10) Pacific, 603
11) Western Carolina, 606





bid today online auctions