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Sebert tied for lead, Snyder and Hoag in Top 10

COLUMBUS, Ohio After 18 holes of play in the 39th-annual Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, the Ohio State men’s golf team is in first place with a team score of 14-over 298. Colorado is second and sits one stroke behind the Buckeyes. The par 71 7,455-yard Scarlet Course was playing even more difficult than usual due to the 48 degree weather and 20-mile per hour wind gusts.

Junior Vaughn Snyder paced the Buckeyes with a 1-over 72. He eagled the par 5 12th in the Massillon, Ohio, native’s third round as a Buckeye. Snyder sits one stroke out of the lead.

Freshman Bo Hoag was one shot back with a 73 and carded one of the few birdies at the par 4 16th. The Upper Arlington, Ohio native is in a tie for fifth.

Senior co-captain Kyle Coconis shot a 5-over par 76 and is tied for 14th. Freshman Brad Smith was a shot back at 77 to tie for 19th. Sophomore Patrick Simard finished with an 82.

Senior co-captain Zach Sebert, who is playing as an individual, is tied for the lead after shooting an outstanding even par round of 71. It is one of the best rounds for the Buckeyes this season when considering the playing conditions. Sebert sits atop the standings with Tyler Obermueller from Wisconsin.

In his first competitive round as a Buckeye, Michael Cress, from Dublin, Ohio, shot a 77 and sits in a tie for 19th. Freshman Tanner Murphy and junior Dan Rush are each tied for 45th after shooting 79s. Junior David Becher, playing as a marker, also shot a 79 which included a birdie on the par 3 eighth hole. Also competing for Ohio State is junior Kevin Grabeman who shot an 85.

The teams will play an additional 18 holes this afternoon, with a second shotgun start at 2:15 p.m. to complete day one. The 54-hole event will conclude Sunday with 18 holes. Teams will tee off on Nos. 1 and 10 beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Live scoring for the Robert Kelper Intercollegiate is available at www.golfstat.com.