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April 17, 2000

Northwestern, led by medalist Jess Daley, shot 876 and claimed its second consecutive Kepler Invitational title. Host Ohio State finished in second place, 10 shots behind the Wildcats with a score of 886.

Daley finished six under par at 210, seven strokes ahead of his teammate, Luke Donald, and Michigan’s Micheal Harris

OSU was led by David Wagenseller (So., Wilmington, Ohio/Wilmington) who tied for fifth place with a score of 220. Mike Austin (Jr., Burton, Mich./Flint Powers Catholic) shot a 223 to tie for ninth place and Jason Oien (So., Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) tied for 13th place with a score of 224.

First Energy Invite Up Next
After hosting the Kepler Invite last weekend, OSU will remain in the Buckeye state for the second week in a row when they participate in the First Energy Intercollegiate Invitational in Akron.

Hosted by the Akron University, the two-day, 54-hole invitational will be played on the par-72 North Course of the Firestone Country Club, home of the World Series of Golf.

Top Finish
Ohio State’s second place finish tied their top finish of the season. The Buckeyes also finished second at the Northern Intercollegiate Invitational, their first competition of the fall season (Oct 1-2). OSU scored an 891 to beat out 11 other opponents in West Lafayette, Ind.

Top Finish II
Wagenseller’ fifth place finish at the Kepler Invite was the highest a Buckeye has placed this season.

The previous best was Wagenseller’s eighth place finish at the Marshall Invite (April 7-8). Wageneseller and Ryan Dennis (So., Stow, Ohio/Stow) both shot 224 and finished ninth at the first event of the season, the Northern Intercollegiate Invitational (Oct. 1-2). Justin Collins (Fr., Ironton, Ohio/Ironton) finished ninth with a score of 218 at the Matlock Invitational (March 6-7).

Familiar Faces
Ohio State will face off with 11 opponents who were at the Scarlett Course for the Kepler Invite last weekend this weekend in Akron.

Besides host Akron, Toledo, Miami (Ohio), Kent State, Illinois, Wisconsin, Penn State, Indiana, Purdue, Iowa and Notre Dame will be back in Ohio for the second consecutive weekend.