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Monday, April 28, 2014

UK Notes: Men’s golf finishes eighth at SEC; relay team sets school mark at Penn Relays

UK's 4xmile relay team broke a 13-year-old school record at the Penn Relays (Photo from UK Athletics)

UK’s 4xmile relay team broke a 13-year-old school record at the Penn Relays (Photo from UK Athletics)

A round of 5-under par, 65, moved junior David Snyder into the top five on the final day of the 2014 Men’s Golf Southeastern Conference Championship at the Sea Island Golf Club. The University of Kentucky men’s golf team placed eighth overall with a final team score of 4-over par, 844.

The Wildcats carded the fourth-lowest team round on Sunday with a 7-under par, 273. No. 1 Alabama won the team title for the third straight year with a team score of 34-under par, 806, while No. 22 LSU (-18), Auburn (-11), No. 6 Georgia (-7) and No. 24 South Carolina (-2) completed the top five. Alabama’s Bobby Wyatt was the individual champion after shooting an 18-under par, 192.

Rounding out the rest of the team standings were Missouri (+2), No. 21 Arkansas (+2), UK (+4), No. 16 Texas A&M (+9), Mississippi State (+9), No. 15 Vanderbilt (+12), Tennessee (+19), Florida (+19) and Ole Miss (+35).

“We played well today with David Snyder leading the way with a terrific 65,” said Kentucky head coach Brian Craig. “It was nice to see Harri (Greenberry) bounce back with a 70 today as well. We are putting pressure on the course and I love to see that as we move into NCAA Regional play. We have a few things to sharpen up but I like this team and look forward to seeing what we can do in the postseason.”

Snyder started the day tied for 15th at even par, but saved his best round of golf for the final day with a 5-under par, 65. The Somerset, Ky., native tied for fifth place at 5-under par, 205 (69-71-65), marking his second top-five finish and fourth top 10 finish of the season. He finished the day with four birdies, an eagle and just one bogey. His final round score of 65 also marks a season best.

Senior Ben Stow was one of three Wildcats to post under par rounds on Sunday, finishing with a 1-under par, 69. Stow tied for 26th at 1-over par, 211 (71-71-69), for the tournament. The Salisbury, England, native tallied four birdies on the day, including three on the back nine.

After advancing to the 2014 Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinals a week ago, the No. 12 University of Kentucky men’s tennis team will now set its sights on the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championships, beginning with the NCAA Selection Show on Tuesday afternoon.

The field of 64 teams, comprised of the 31 conference tournament champions and 31 at-large bids which will be determined by the NCAA committee, will be announced on Tuesday afternoon at 5 p.m. on NCAA.com.

There will be 16 first and second round regional host sites, with the top 16 teams in the nation receiving bids to host the opening two rounds. Kentucky entered the last week of action, which includes conference tournaments at No. 14 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings. The 16 regional site winners will advance to the 2014 NCAA Championships, hosted by the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.

The Wildcats have generated an impressive resume for the NCAA committee, including wins over No. 1 Ohio State, No. 8 Texas A&M, No. 11 Duke, No. 17 Mississippi State, No. 20 Tennessee and No. 21 Vanderbilt. Kentucky’s highest ranking of the season was No. 8. UK has hosted the NCAA Tournament the last four seasons, and have advanced out of the Lexington Regional each of the past four seasons to the NCAA Sweet 16, for the first time in program history.

The No. 9 Kentucky softball team posted two runs in the first inning behind a two-RBI double from senior Emily Gaines, but No. 8 Tennessee rallied for five runs in the fifth inning on five hits and a UK error, leading the Lady Vols to a 9-2 series-clinching win on Sunday afternoon at John Cropp Stadium.

The game concluded UK’s regular-season home schedule with the Wildcats posting a 17-7 home record this season. The UK program recognized seniors Ginny Carroll, Lauren Cumbess, Sarah Frazer, Emily Gaines, Emily Jolly and Krystal Smith before the game. The group has won an impressive 151 games and counting in their four-year careers, marking the most by any senior class in school history.

Sunday’s crowd of 1,685 fans takes the weekend attendance total to 4,664, which is a program record for total attendance in a three-game series.

Kentucky will return to action Wednesday when it travels to face in-state foe Louisville at 6 p.m. UK will conclude regular-season play next weekend in Athens, Ga., against the highly-ranked Bulldogs. Game one of the series is set for 6 p.m. on Friday before a 4 p.m. start on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. finale on Sunday.

The series loss to Tennessee (39-9, 14-7 Southeastern Conference) was only the second of the season for Kentucky (40-11, 13-8 SEC), who have clinched a winning record in conference play for the fourth consecutive season. The loss drops UK to third in the SEC standings, sitting a game behind Missouri and Tennessee for second place.

No. 12 Ole Miss scored in seven of the first eight innings of the game to post a 9-6 win over No. 17 Kentucky to sweep the series, on a perfect Sunday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Kentucky (27-17, 9-12 Southeastern Conference) and Ole Miss battled in a back-and-forth game that saw the game tied or the lead change hands six times in the first six innings. After UK took a 4-1 lead after two innings, the Rebels outscored UK, 8-2, over the third through eight innings, scoring in each inning of the first eight innings of the game but the first.

UK will return to action on Thursday, traveling to face Tennessee at 7:30 p.m. at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Kentucky’s men’s 4xmile relay team turned in a strong showing to conclude the 120th running of the University of Pennsylvania Relays on Saturday, breaking a school record that had stood for 13 years.

The Wildcats team of Robbie Scharold, Keffri Neal, Adam Kahleifeh and Matt Hillenbrand combined for a time of 16:20.58, breaking the 13-year-old school record by 18 seconds.

Robbie Scharold led off for UK with 4:13.6 split time having to fight through traffic for much of the time. Keffri Neal then turned in a career-best 3:58.5 on the second leg.

Neal’s personal best time in an individual race mile was 4:04.04 entering Saturday. The only runner in the field to run a faster second leg was Edward Cheserek – Oregon’s freshman three-time NCAA Champion – who completed four laps in 3:56.4.

Adam Kahleifeh ran the third leg in 4:06.7, and Matt Hillenbrand brought home the school-record relay in 4:01.8 to give the Wildcats fourth-place behind Oregon (16:09.67), Stanford (16:17.83) and Villanova (16:19.98).

(From UK Athletics)



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