April 4, 2000

%^$The Ohio State men’s golf team finished 15th at the Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational, hosted by Georgia Southern in Statesboro, Ga.%^$

%^$OSU shot 293-296-297=886. The University of Georgia won the tournament 270-274-285=829, 17 shots ahead of Clemson (283-281-282=846). OSU was led by David Wagenseller (So., Wilmington, Ohio/Wilmington) who shot 73-71-74=218 to tie for 27th place. Bubba Watson of Georgia was the medalist with rounds of 66-67-70=203.%^$

%^$Marshall Invitational up Next
%^$The Buckeyes return to action April 7-8 at the Marshall Invitational in Huntington, W.Va. The Buckeyes will face most of their fellow District IV opponents at the event.%^$

%^$”This is a big one for us, we need to have a strong effort to get into the regional,” coach Jim Brown said. “Everyone in our region will be there except Northwestern and Kent State.”%^$

%^$The Wildcats and Golden Flashes will be participating at the Compaq/U.S. Intercollegiate in Los Cabos, Mexico.%^$

%^$Buckeyes Struggle with Short Game
%^$The Buckeyes were strong off the tee at the Schenkel Invite but ran into problems around the greens which negated their strong long game.%^$

%^$”We really struggled around the green,” Brown said. “It’s not just one guy and it’s becoming a concern for me. We’ve been working on that. If you don’t have a short game, it doesn’t matter what your ball strikes are.”%^$

%^$Last Year at Marshall Invite
%^$The Buckeyes turned in a strong showing last April 10th at the Marshall Invite, finishing in sixth place out of 20 teams with a score of 899. OSU placed second among seven Big Ten participants. Northwestern, which won the event with a score of 884 was the lone Big Ten opponent to outshoot OSU. The Buckeyes shared the lead with the Wildcats after a first round score of 298, but fell 11 shots off the lead after shooting a 305 in round two. Chris Emanual led the tournament after the first round with an even-par 71 performance that included five birdies. Emanual finished tied for 13th.%^$

%^$Kepler Invite Up Next
%^$Following the Marshall Invitational, OSU will host the 30th Kepler Intercollegiate Invitational (April 14-15). After the Kepler Invite, OSU will stay in Ohio for the Firestone/Cobra Classic in Akron. (April 22-23). The Buckeyes will finish out April at the Fossum Invitational in Lansing, Mich. (April 29-30).