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COLUMBUS, Ohio – After an opening day that included weather delays after already-soaked conditions, overcast skies and cool temperatures were a welcome sight during the final round of the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate Sunday. The Ohio State men’s golf team posted an even-par 284 to finish in third place on the par 71, 7,455-yard Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus.

The Buckeyes had a team total of 860 (+8) for the two-day, 54-hole event.

Illinois and Kent State shared first-place honors, finishing with three-round totals of 857 (+5) and identical third round scores of 4-under 280. It is the fourth Kepler title for Kent State and the first for Illinois. Leading the way for the co-champions were Luke Guthrie (Illinois) and John Hahn (Kent State), who tied for medalist honors at 3-under 210.

Leading the final round surge for Ohio State was Bo Hoag with a 4-under 67. The senior from Upper Arlington, Ohio, notched four birdies on the front nine and tallied a par on every hole of the back nine to help move him into seventh place with a three-round total of 2-over 215.

Senior Brad Smith also chipped in another solid performance for the Scarlet and Gray, firing a 2-over 73 in the final round. The Peru, Ind., native finished in a tie for eighth place with a 3-over 216.

Jamie Sindelar added to his already consistent weekend by carding his second-consecutive round at 1-over 72 to close out the weekend. The sophomore’s three-round total of 5-over 218 was good for a 12th-place tie with teammate Michael Cress. The senior battled through much of the final round to finish with a 4-over 75.

Junior Dan Charen closed out the effort for Ohio State in a tie for 14th at 6-over 219 after a final-round score of 1-over 72.

Ohio State also had seven players competing as individuals. Sophomore Zack Sobel, senior Tanner Murphy and junior Alex Redfield tied for 27th at 223. Junior Michael Kinkopf’s 225 put him in a 33rd-place tie while sophomore Matt Turner’s 229 was good for 42nd-place tie.

Sophomore Gary Quinn finished in 54th with a score of 234 while junior Evan Wood closed out in 55th with a score of 235.

The Buckeye will take five days off before they head to West Lafayette, Ind., for the 2011 Big Ten Championships April 29-May 1.

Team Results
T-1. Illinois      294-283-280 – 857 (+5)
T-1. Kent State 291-286-280 – 857 (+5)
3. Ohio State   285-291-284 – 860 (+8)
4. Iowa            294-289-289 – 872 (+20)
5. Minnesota   298-301-286 – 885 (+33)
6. Ball State     302-297-292 – 891 (+39)
7. Dayton         302-297-294 – 893 (+41)
8. Miami (Ohio)          307-298-293 – 898 (+46)
9. Eastern Michigan    309-305-293 – 907 (+55)
10. Wisconsin 317-299-300 – 916 (+64)
11. Xavier        301-305-311 – 917 (+65)

Ohio State Results
7. Bo Hoag      75 -73- 67 – 215 (+2)
T-8. Brad Smith           69-74-73 – 216 (+3)
T-12. Jamison Sindelar  74 -72 -72  – 218 (+5)
T-12. Michael Cress    71-72-75 – 218 (+5)
T-14. Dan Charen        71 -76 -72 – 219 (+6)
T-27. Zachery Sobel    76-74-73 – 223 (+10)
T-27. Tanner Murphy 78-75-70 – 223 (+10)
T-27. Alex Redfield     71-74-78 – 223 (+10)
T-33. Michael Kinkopf 73-77 -75 – 225 (+12)
T-42. Matthew Turner 74-79 -76 – 229 (+16)
54. Gary Quinn            76- 80-78 – 234 (+21)
55. Evan Wood            79-76-80 – 235 (+22)