Buckeyes Welcome Field of 15 for 2014 Kepler Intercollegiate
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.
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.
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.
LAST TIME OUT
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.