February 13, 2019
COLUMBUS, Ohio—Kevin Stone picked up his first career Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors after an impressive performance at the Big Ten Match Play Championship. The Sophomore finished the tournament undefeated in his four matches, putting together the best record of the winning Buckeye team. He opened the tournament with a 3&1 win versus Rutgers and followed that up with a 2&1 win versus Wisconsin, the closest match of the tournament. On day two, Stone caught fire and took down both of his Illinois and Maryland opponents, 4&3 each, winning 14 holes combined along the way. In his final match versus Maryland, he was down one stroke after the 10th hole then subsequently won five straight holes to go 4-up and close the match out on the 15th hole. Stone finished the tournament downing his opponents by an impressive 3.25 strokes per match, and hoisting the Big Ten Match Play Championship trophy.
Stone is the second Buckeye to win Big Ten Golfer of the Week this year, with Will Grimmer earning the honors at the end of the fall season, following his individual and team win at the Musketeer Classic. This is the first time that multiple Ohio State players have taken home this award in a season since 2008 when sophomore Patrick Simard and freshman, and current assistant coach, Brad Smith managed the feat.
Stone and the Buckeyes return to action on Sunday, February 17th in Rio Mar, Puerto Rico at the Puerto Rico Classic hosted by Purdue.