By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
Eastern Kentucky University’s women’s golf team will host the 2013 Colonel Classic this weekend at Arlington Golf Club.
The 14-team, 54-hole event will begin at 8:30 a.m. today.
The participating teams include Akron, Austin Peay, Ball State, Bowling Green State, Chicago State, Cleveland State, Cumberlands, Dayton, Eastern Kentucky, Morehead State, Northern Kentucky, Ohio, Toledo and Western Kentucky.
The teams are scheduled to play two 18-hole rounds today and one round on Saturday. The first round will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. today. The final round on Saturday will begin with tee times at 8:21 a.m. The course at Arlington has a par of 72 and plays 5,807 yards.
This marks the 20th year for the Colonel Classic. EKU has finished among the top five 13 times in 19 years. EKU has one first-place finish (1997), one second-place trophy (2005) and three third-place performances.
Last year the Colonels tied for sixth among 13 teams.
The EKU squad will consist of Anna Gleixner, Becky Sharpe, April Emerson, Kristen Dorsey and Nicki Henry. Alex Schmidt and Rachel Welker will play as individuals.
This season, EKU has turned in three top-five performances in 10 events. Emerson leads the team with a 77.5 stroke average. Sharpe is second with a 79.1 stroke average.
Men’s tennis tops Morehead
The Eastern Kentucky University men’s tennis team came away with a well-earned 5-2 win over host Morehead State Thursday afternoon.
With the win, the Colonels improve to 10-12 overall and 5-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference.
“Morehead is always a tough place to play,” EKU coach Rob Oertel said. “I thought we bounced back well after a very disappointing doubles finish. This wasn’t an easy win, but I was happy to see us play up to our singles level today.”
The Eagles (6-11, 2-5) got on the board first thanks to winning the deciding doubles match in a tie-breaker. Morehead’s Ji Hoon Heo and Nick Mercer won the pivotal tie-breaker at No. 1 doubles over sophomore Daridge Saidi and freshman Alex Alvaro.
However, the Colonels responded in singles by taking four of the six matches in straight sets. Junior Joao Maio put an exclamation point on the win with a super tie-breaker victory over Mercer in the final match completed. Maio has now won six straight singles matches while freshman Florian Graskamp (No. 6) has won five in a row.
EKU concludes the regular season next weekend at Eastern Illinois (April 13) and SIUE (April 14).
EKU blanks Morehead
The Eastern Kentucky University women’s team improved to 6-0 in Ohio Valley Conference action Thursday afternoon with a 7-0 triumph over host Morehead State.
The Colonels (13-6, 6-0 OVC) have won five of their six league matches by way of shutout.
EKU won all six singles matches in straight sets. Sophomores Melissa Gerritsen (No. 5) and Carmen Rodriguez (No. 6) each dropped just a single game in their victories.
The Colonels wrap up their home schedule this weekend against Southeast Missouri (Saturday) and UT Martin (Sunday).