August 29, 2019
COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Ohio State men’s golf team takes the course for their 100th season of play at some of the toughest courses across the country, starting at the Inverness Club (Sept. 23-24) hosted by Toledo, to the Big Ten Championship (May 1-3) at Rich Harvest Farms Golf Club. The Buckeyes will play four events in the fall, including the Jack Nicklaus Invitational (Oct. 7-8) at Muirfield Village Golf Club, before turning the year over for the spring season. The spring kicks off at the Big Ten Match Play (Feb. 7-8) and concludes with the 49th Robert Kepler Intercollegiate at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course (Apr. 25-26) before the Big Ten Championship (May 1-3) at Rich Harvest Farms Golf Club.
Following the Inverness Intercollegiate, Ohio State will travel to the famed Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club for the Nike Collegiate Invitational (Sept. 29-Oct. 1). The Buckeyes have played in every edition of the tournament since its inception in 2014 and will play Pumpkin Ridge for just the second time as a program. Ohio State then hosts the Jack Nicklaus Invitational at the chronicled Muirfield Village Golf Club (Oct. 7-8), welcoming in some of the best talent in college golf to compete in the match play event.
The fall season concludes with the Crooked Stick Invitational co-hosted by Indiana and Purdue at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana. This will mark the first time that the Scarlet and Gray have traversed the track that has played host to the PGA Championship, U.S. Women’s Open, and the Solheim Cup. The tournament will also serve as a homecoming for junior Kevin Stone who is from Carmel, Indiana and led Carmel High School to a runner-up finish in the IHSAA state championship.
The Buckeyes start the spring with the Big Ten Match Play (Feb. 7-8) at Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Fla. The match play tournament was one of the three events that Ohio State won last season, downing Illinois in the semifinals and Maryland in the finals to capture their first Big Ten Match Play Championship.
For the fourth year in a row, Ohio State will travel south to Rio Mar, Puerto Rico to play in the Puerto Rico Classic (Feb. 16-18) hosted by Purdue and then make their first appearance at the Colleton River Collegiate (Mar. 2-3) in South Carolina. Ohio State then heads back down south to Florida to spend their spring break in Bradenton for The Challenge at Concession (Mar. 9-10).
The schedule picks back up in April with the Irish Creek Intercollegiate (Apr. 4-5), where last year the Buckeyes shot their best score of the season and finished second. A number of players shot career lows, including Grant Engle who posted a one under 212 (71-72-69) to finish 20th individually.
Closing out the regular season, the Scarlet and Gray host the 49th annual Robert Kepler Intercollegiate at the Ohio State University Golf Club, Scarlet Course. The Buckeyes captured their third tournament win of the year and their 24th Kepler title last season.
The Big Ten Championship at Rich Harvest Farms Golf Club finishes the Buckeye schedule. Ohio State played the immaculate Rich Harvest Farms for the first time last year at the Northern Intercollegiate Invitational where they finished fourth to open the season.
The NCAA postseason begins on May 17-20 with the six regionals hosted by Auburn, San Diego, LSU, Clemson, Oklahoma, and Michigan State. Finishing in the top five of a regional earns the team a spot in the NCAA Championships which will be hosted by Arizona State on the Raptor course at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona on May 29-June 3.