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Ohio Men's Golf Looks To Finish Strong At 2019 MAC Championships

Ohio Men's Golf Looks To Finish Strong At 2019 MAC Championships

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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio men's golf team is headed to Aurora, Ohio, this weekend (April 26-28) to compete in the 2019 Mid-American Conference Championships. The Bobcats have their sights set on capturing the 19th league tournament title in program history.

The three-day, 72-hole event at Club Walden gets underway with first and second-round action on Friday (April 26) beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET. The third and fourth rounds are slated for Saturday (April 27) and Sunday (April 28), respectively, and will get underway at 8:30 a.m. ET both days.

The 2019 MAC Championships field is made up of Ohio, host Kent State, Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Miami, Northern Illinois and Toledo. The Golden Flashes are ranked No. 89 in Golfstat's national rankings followed by the Eagles (109), Cardinals (138), RedHawks (139), Huskies (140), Falcons (163), Rockets (169), Zips (196) and Bobcats (197).

The par-72, 7,202-yard Club Walden offers one of Ohio's most challenging and beautifully manicured championship golf courses. Recently renovated by Craig Schreiner, Club Walden meanders peacefully through natural woodlands, lakes and streams. This year marks the first time in conference history that Club Walden has hosted the MAC Men's Golf Championships.

The Bobcats are taking aim at winning their first MAC title since 1980. Ohio also won the league tournament in 1951, '52, '53, '54 (tie), '55, '57, '58, '59, '60, '61, '63, '64, '65, '67, '69, '71 and '79.

Under the direction of first-year head coach Carter Cheves, Ohio will be sending senior Ben Sattler (Liberty Township, Ohio), redshirt junior Michael Kenney (Kent, Ohio) and sophomores Zach Crawford (Vandalia, Ohio), Austin Dyson (Dublin, Ohio), Tanner Johnson (Venetia, Pa.) and Zach Mandry (Solon, Ohio) to the 2019 MAC Championships. Sattler will be competing in the conference tournament for the fourth year in a row while Crawford and Dyson will be doing so for the second year in a row. Kenney, Johnson and Mandry will be competing in the MAC Championships for the first time in their careers.

The winner of the 2019 MAC Championships will receive the league's automatic bid to one of six NCAA Regionals, which will be conducted May 13-15. The six regional sites include Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash., hosted by Washington State University; Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif., hosted by Stanford University; TPC Myrtle Beach in Murrells Inlet, S.C., hosted by Coastal Carolina University and Myrtle Beach Regional Sports Alliance; University of Louisville Golf Club in Simpsonville, Ky., hosted by the University of Louisville; University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga., hosted by the University of Georgia; and University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas, hosted by the University of Texas.

The 2019 NCAA Championship runs May 24-29 and will be held at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark.