April 13, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Freshman Frederik Hammer is the 2014 Robert Kepler Intercollegiate individual co-champion, sharing the crown with Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans. Hammer carded a 3-under 210 (70-69-71) to become the first Buckeye medalist in the Kepler since Brad Wright did so in 2009 playing as an individual. Ohio State ascended in the team standings on Sunday, completing a top-5 showing by shooting 882 (+30) for the weekend. The Buckeyes' 297 final round ranked third in the field.
Hammer shot 2-under during the final four holes to secure his spot atop the leaderboard. The last Ohio State medalist in any tournament was Alex Redfield winning the Marshall Invitational Sept. 12-13, 2011. Hammer and Schniederjans bested a field with 10 players ranked in the Golfweek Top-100, including Schniederjans slotted No. 5 nationally. Additional top-30 players competing were Schniederjan's Yellow Jacket teammate Seth Reeves (No. 24) and Kent State's Taylor Pendrith (No. 26).
The Buckeyes finished higher than a pair of Golfweek Top-50 teams as #30 Kent State (+34) and #42 Northwestern (+40) placed seventh and eighth. Third-ranked Georgia Tech took home the team title, posting a three-round total of 858 (+2). The remainder of the top-5 was No. 17 UAB (+24), No. 37 Liberty (+25), No. 28 UNV (+27) and Ohio State (+30). That marks three consecutive top-5 performances for the Buckeyes, also doing so at the Seahawk Intercollegiate and Irish Collegiate.
Boo Timko notched the fifth top-25 finish of his junior season, earning a share of 25th. He posted rounds of 75-71-77 for a 10-over total of 223. Freshman Clark Engle was right behind him, one stroke back and tied for 28th place (+11, 224). Engle saved his best round for last, battling the increased winds on Sunday and firing a 74 (75-75-74).
Sophomore Tee-k Kelly contributed to the team score as well on Sunday, etching a 75 onto his scorecard. For the weekend, he finished in a tie for 48th place with rounds of 74-79-74 and a 15-over total of 228. Fellow sophomore Max Rosenthal, who chipped in a score to the team tally on Saturday, wrapped up his tournament at 23-over (236).
Playing as an individual, Logan Jones was the fourth-highest placing Buckeye. The junior from Dublin, Ohio, grabbed a piece of 34th place at 13-over (75-74-77-226). Additional Ohio State individuals Michael Bernard and Sean Busch tallied scores of 234 (+21) and 239 (+26), respectively.
Next up for Ohio State is The Boilermaker Invitational next weekend (April 19-20) in West Lafayette, Ind., hosting by Purdue University.
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