April 10, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's golf team will welcome a field of 15 teams to the 2014 Robert Kepler Intercollegiate Tournament scheduled for April 12-13. Hosted by the Buckeyes on the par 71, 7,455-yard Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club, the two-day, three-round championship will offer competing squads a chance to prepare for looming postseason play.
Name: The 2014 Robert Kepler Intercollegiate
Course: Scarlet Course, The Ohio State University Golf Club
Field (15 Teams - Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings):
Georgia Tech (3)
Kent State (30)
Saturday, April 12 - First/Second Rounds (8:30 a.m. / shotgun start)
Sunday, April 13 - Final Round (8:30 a.m. / tee times from holes No. 1 & 10)
Play 5, Count 4
One junior, two sophomores and two freshmen will look to contribute to the Buckeye team score this weekend in Columbus. Junior Boo Timko leads the pack with a 72.61 stroke average and has competed in all 23 rounds this season. Sophomores Tee-k Kelly and Max Rosenthal have also suited up for the Scarlet and Gray in all tournaments this season. Kelly has a stroke average of 73.61, while Rosenthal has earned a 74.4 average.
Representing the freshmen class are classmates Frederik Hammer and Clark Engle. Hammer has been consistent for the Buckeyes throughout his rookie campaign, with a stroke average of 73.0 over 22 rounds. Engle has recorded a stroke average of 74.0 thus far this season.
Ohio State is expected to enter several team members to compete as individuals as well. Junior Logan Jones, sophomores Michael Bernard and Sean Busch, and freshman Addison Coll are all projected to participate.
Ohio State has hosted the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate every year but two since the 1969 season. The Buckeyes welcomed 15 teams to the 2012 version of the Kepler Intercollegiate.
The tournament is named for the late Robert Kepler, who served as Ohio State golf's coach from 1938 until 1965. Under Kepler, Ohio State established a golfing tradition, enhanced by an NCAA team championship in 1945 and four NCAA individual championships.
Since its inception, the Kepler has been won by only 11 schools - Ohio State, Colorado, Indiana, Louisville, Northwestern, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), UNLV, Xavier, Eastern Michigan and Illinois.
The Buckeyes have hoisted the tournament championship trophy 23 times in the 43-year history of The Kepler Intercollegiate, including six-consecutive victories from 1981-1989. Kent State has the second most wins in event history with five. Meanwhile, fellow Big Ten schools Northwestern and Indiana are tied for third place with four Kepler crowns each.
On the individual side, a golfer donning the Scarlet and Gray has finished first 20 times, with Brad Wright claiming the top prize in 2009.
In 2007, the Kepler Intercollegiate returned to the Scarlet Course after breaking from it the year before. During the off year, the course was redesigned under the tutelage of golf legend Jack Nicklaus. The Scarlet Course has been the host course for the event 37 times in 40 years. In November 2009, it was voted the top collegiate golf course by GolfChannel.com.
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State's last competitive action came at the Irish Creek Collegiate held in Kannapolis, N.C. In the third and final round of play, the Buckeyes carded a 10-over 294 bringing its tournament total to 21-over 873. Among the 16 teams competing, Ohio State finished fifth. Junior Boo Timko was the team's top individual performer, with a third-place showing.
Temperatures will reach the mid-to-low seventies for both days of competition. According to Weather.com, Saturday will produce partly sunny skies with gusts out of the south at seven miles-per-hour. As for Sunday, cloudy skies are in the forecast with winds expected to reach 19 miles-per-hour. There is little-to-no chance of precipitation anticipated.
Ohio State is earning its frequent traveler miles this season, as it will travel a total of 6,098 miles to 10 different tournaments. This averages out to 609.8 miles per trip. The longest trip for the Buckeyes was to Sarasota, Fla. in mid-February, which tallied approximately 1,085 miles. The squad has invaded the state of North Carolina on three occasions; states traveled also include Illinois, Texas, Florida and Indiana.
The Buckeyes began their 2013-14 campaign at the Northern Intercollegiate in Sugar Grove, Ill. Totaling an 895 at the conclusion of the three-day tournament, Ohio State placed seventh out of 15 teams competing. Big Ten foe Indiana was also in attendance.
Traveling to Lake Forest, Ill. was next on the agenda for the Buckeye squad. The team competed at the Windon Memorial, tying for fourth with an 11-over 875 total. This time the field was Big Ten heavy with Northwestern, Michigan, Purdue, Iowa and Penn State carding scores.
Ohio State then hosted the Jack Nicklaus Invitational, Sept. 29-30, on the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club. It was an eighth-place finish this time around for the Buckeyes. California took the team title, while Big Ten member Purdue tied for fourth.
Junior Boo Timko was the standout in the Scarlet and Gray at the Rod Myers Invitational, finishing fourth in the individual standings. Ohio State was 15-over 879 overall for eighth place.
Moving onto the Royal Oaks Invitational, Ohio State placed ninth with a score of 8-over 1073. Freshman Fredrick Hammer recorded the lowest total for the Buckeyes with a 4-under 209 performance for 15th place.
Timko earned PING All-Midwest honors and was named to the All-Big Ten Championship Team in 2013. He also earned All-Big Ten second team accolades last season. A Girard, Ohio, native, Timko notched a team-best 72.96 stroke average and played in all 12 tournaments.
Weaver averaged a 73.71 stroke coming in second on the team in 2013. A Wooster, Ohio, product, Weaver competed in all 12 tournaments with 27 of 32 rounds counting towards the team score.
Hammer, in his first season with the program, is from Rungsted, Denmark.
The Buckeyes will follow up the Kepler Intercollegiate with a trip to West Lafayette, Ind., for the Boilermaker Invitational, April 19-20.