April 11, 2000

Ohio State shot 890 en route to a fifth place tie with Ohio University at the Marshall Invitational in Huntington W. Va. last weekend.

Michigan won the invititational with a score of 877, four shots ahead of Miami (Ohio) at 881. Iowa’s Matt Stutzman was the medalist, shooting one over par at 214.

OSU was led by David Wagenseller (So., Wilmington, Ohio/Wilmington) who shot 74-71-74=219 to tie for eighth place. Mike Austin (Jr. Burton, Mich./Flint Powers) and Jason Oien (So. Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) both placed 22nd after shooting 223.

OSU Hosts Kepler Invite
This weekend, for the 31st time in 32 years, Ohio State will host the Kepler Intercollegiate Invitational.

The 54-hole tournament will begin on Friday at the Ohio State Scarlet Course. The third and final round of the event will be on Saturday.

The tournament was first played in 1969 and is named for the late Robert Kepler, who served as OSU’s golf coach from 1938 to 1965. Under Kepler the Buckeyes captured the NCAA team championship in 1945, and had four individual medalists, including the legendary Jack Nicklaus in 1961.

Familiar Faces
There are 17 schools competing in the event this year. The Buckeyes will face off with nine of those opponents for the second time in as many weeks.

The four opponents who finished ahead of OSU at the Marshall Invite – Michigan, Miami(Ohio), Indiana and Iowa – will all be on hand on Friday. The eighth place finisher, last weekend’s host, Marshall, will also participate, as will Michigan State, Illinois, Notre Dame and Wisconsin.

Last Year at Kepler Invite
Northwestern won the invitational for the first time last year to join Ohio State, Indiana, Kent State and Miami (Ohio) as the only schools to win the event. Sophomore Luke Donald was the medalist to give the Wildcats a sweep of team and individual championships.

Donald, who was ranked No. 1 in the GolfStat Cup for the nation’s lowest scoring average at the time, fired a final-round 69 to move past Wisconsin’s C.J. Brock, who led after the first two rounds.

Ohio State finished tied for ninth and was led by senior Albert Hromulack, who tied for sixth place with a score of 224.

Top Finish
Wagenseller’ eighth place finish at the Marshall Invite was the highest a Buckeye has placed this season.

Wagenseller 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).

Buckeyes at Home
Ohio State has won the Kepler Invite 20 times, the first being the inaugural tournament in 1969. OSU has put together streaks of six straight victories between 1974 and `79 and nine consecutive between 1981 and `89. The Buckeyes last won in 1998.

OSU also won in 1972, `92 and `96.

Up Next
Following the Kepler Invite, OSU will stay in the Buckeye State to compete in the Firestone/Cobra Invitational in Akron on April 22-23. OSU will close out April at the Fossum Invitational in Lansing, Mich. (29-30) before competing at the Big Ten Championships in Lafayette, Ind. May 7-9.