Trio of Buckeyes finish in the top 10 in juniors Michael Cress, Bo Hoag and Brad Smith
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s golf team closed out action at the Irish Creek Collegiate Sunday with a final round score of 1-over 285 and a runner-up finish in the 12-team field. The Buckeyes finished with a total team score of 1-over 853, their best 54-hole score of the season by 21 shots, on the par 71, 7,099 yard Club at Irish Creek Golf Course in Kannapolis, N.C.
Tournament co-host Charlotte ran away with the title, ending with a team score of 10-under 842 for the event. The 49ers were led by the efforts of tournament medalist Corey Nagy who finished at 6-under 207.
Ohio State was led by impressive performances from a trio of juniors. Michael Cress fired an even-par 71 in the final round to finish at 1-over 214 for the event and ended in a tie for 7th place. After two rounds of 70 the opening day, Bo Hoag had a tougher time on the final day, firing a 75 en route to a total of 215 and a tie for 10th place with teammate Brad Smith. Like Cress, Smith fired even-par 71 in the closing stanza to end in a tie for 10th place at 2-over 215.
Close behind the set of juniors was senior Brad Wright, who also struggled in the closing round and tallied a final day with a 75 to finish at 3-over 216 and a tie for 12th place.
Freshman Zack Sobel followed a rocky second round with a 3-under 68 on the final day, his second round in the 60s in as many events, and finished in tied for 21st place at 219. Fellow rookie Johnny Henno finished in 57th place as an individual after carding a 79 on the final day to close out at 231.
Up next, the Buckeyes will play host to an 11-team field at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate April 10-11 on their own Scarlet Course in Columbus.
Irish Creek Collegiate – Final
Kannapolis, N.C., The Club at Irish Creek
Par 71, 7,099 yards
Teams Standings Scores
1. Charlotte 284-278-280-842 (-10)
2. Ohio State 282-286-285-853 (+1)
3. Kennesaw State 287-283-291-861 (+9)
4. Mercer 281-291-291-863 (+11)
5. Marquette 287-289-292-868 (+16)
6. Toledo 293-284-296-873 (+21)
7. Miami University 294-286-303-883 (+31)
8. Campbell 293-302-292-887 (+35)
9. Francis Marion 298-298-295-891 (+39)
10. Richmond 301-296-299-896 (+44)
11. Davidson 297-296-304-897 (+45)
12. Elon 306-298-899-899 (+47)
DNF. Belmont Abbey 284-280-DNF
Ohio State Results Scores
T-7. Michael Cress 70-73-71-214 (+1)
T-10. Bo Hoag 70-70-75-215 (+2)
T-10. Brad Smith 69-75-71-215 (+2)
T-12. Brad Wright 73-68-75-216 (+3)
T-21. Zack Sobel 73-78-68-219 (+6)
57. Johnny Henno (Ind.) 79-73-79-231 (+18)