Chris Selfridge Named MAC Freshman of Year; UT's Final-Round Surge Ended by Weather
SUGAR GROVE, IL - Freshman Chris Selfridge earned Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year honors on Sunday and ended up with a third-place finish at the MAC Championship after the final round was cancelled before its conclusion. Selfridge's performance also earned him a spot on the all-tournament team as well as second-team All-MAC laurels.
Selfridge, who concluded his freshman campaign with three-straight Top 10 finishes, was at one-under par 215 (73-71-71) following 54 holes. Kent State's Corey Conners captured medalist honors at seven-under 209 (70-67-72=209) with the Golden Flashes' Kevin Miller in second place at five-under 211 (70-69-72).
"Chris is extremely deserving of Freshman of the Year," Toledo Head Coach Jamie Mauntler said. "He's worked very hard this season on all facets of his game and really put everything together in the last month. He certainly has a bright future with the skill set he possesses."
Rain and lightning began around noon, and shortly after play restarted Toledo was at even-par for its round and two strokes out of second place with approximately six holes remaining. However, inclement weather halted play again and it was determined that there wouldn't be enough daylight to conclude the round.
"I was very disappointed for our guys that the decision was made to not finish out our round," Mauntler said. "We had a lot of momentum and had a chance to finish in second place. I was proud of how we bounced back from Saturday's sub-par showing, and that we were ready to finish our season on a high note."
The Rockets shot a 39-over 903 (299-301-303) as a team to rank sixth in the standings with No. 18 Kent State posting a nine-under 855 for its fourth straight conference title. UT was just eight strokes behind second-place Eastern Michigan. There were 11 strokes that separated second- through ninth-place in the standings.
Rounding out Toledo's lineup were senior Dugan Murphy (T-21st/73-77-77=227), redshirt freshman Mike Lancaster (T-33rd/76-78-79=233), freshman Jamie Richardson (T-33rd/77-80-76=233) and freshman Pat Cermak (T-38th/78-75-83=236).
1. Kent State 283-281-291=855 (-9); 2. Eastern Michigan 297-297-301=895 (+31); 3. Ohio 305-304-287=896 (+32); 4. Ball State 303-304-292=899 (+35); 5. Miami 302-311-287=900 (+36); 6. Toledo 299-301-303=903 (+39); 7. Northern Illinois 301-306-298=905 (+41); T8. Akron 303-302-301=906 (+42); T8. Bowling Green 293-302-310=906 (+42)
TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS
1. Corey Conners (KSU) 70-67-72=209 (-7); 2. Kevin Miller (KSU) 70-69-72=211(-5); 3. Chris Selfridge (UT) 73-71-71=215 (-1); T4. Charlie Bull (UA) 70-73-74=217 (+1); T3. Mackenzie Hughes (KSU) 72-71-74=217 (+1)
3. Chris Selfridge 73-71=71=215 (-1); T21. Dugan Murphy 73-77-77=227 (+11); T33. Mike Lancaster 76-78-79=233 (+17); T33. Jamie Richardson 77-80-76=233 (+17); T38. Pat Cermak 78-75-83=236 (+20)