April 11, 2002
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State will play host to the Kepler Intercollegiate presented by Cleveland Golf for the 33rd this weekend, April 12-14. Last season, OSU won the Kepler for the 22nd time in the progrm’s history, and the 20th time under head coach Jim Brown. Since its inception, the Kepler has been won by just five schools – Ohio State, Indiana(4), Kent State(3), Miami (Ohio) and Northwestern (2).
The touranment individual winner last season was Northwerstern’s Luke Donald (212), which was his second win at the Kepler (1999, 2001) and the third-consecutive for a Wildcat golfer. The Buckeyes have had 19 individual medalists throughout the tournament’s history, but OSU has not had a medalist in six years (Matt Minister, 1996).
About the 2002 Kepler Invitational
A total of 17 teams, including eight Big Ten squads, will compete at the Kepler Invitational this year. The event will be held Friday-Sunday with each round begininng Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m. Ohio State’s Scarlet Course will host the tournament. The par 71 course measures 7,251 yards.
Following a team vote Oct. 11, 2001 Ryan Dennis , Jason Oien and Justin Collins were selected captains for the 2001-02 Buckeyes.
Last Time Out
The Ohio State men’s golf team finished third at the 2002 Marshall Invitational. The Buckeyes shot 298-295-295=888. Buckeye senior Doug Wade (73-73-71=217) led the Buckeyes. He tied for second place overall with Geoff Lound of Illinois.
Ohio State Welcomes NCAA Tournament for 10th Time at Scarlet Course
The 2002 NCAA Men’s Golf Tournament will be played at The OSU Scarlet Course May 27-June 1, 2001 in Columbus, Ohio. It marks the 10th time the NCAA championship will be determined on Ohio State’s historic Scarlet Course and the first time since 1995.
The Buckeyes missed qualifying for the 2001 NCAA Tournament by one stroke but expect to make a push in 2002 to play on their home course in NCAA tournament play.
Brown Has Veteran Squad Returning
Ohio State returns four student-athletes who played the majority of the 2000-01 schedule for Jim Brown, Buckeye head coach.
Brown, in his 29th season as the men’s golf coach at Ohio State, has led the Buckeyes to 22 NCAA Tournament appearances. His teams have won 16 Big Ten titles and have finished among the Top 2 in the Big Ten Conference 24 times.
Leading the Buckeyes this year are a trio of seniors. Jason Oien, Ryan Dennis and Doug Wade are the most experienced Buckeyes in 2001-02. Junior Justin Collins has played in all but one tournament for the Buckeyes. Sophomore Kevin Hall came out of a redshirt season last year to help the Buckeyes to a pair of tournament wins.
Newcomers Could Become Factor
Freshman newcomers Darren Lundgren (Baldwin, Mo.) and Matt Boudreau (St. Ann, Ill.) each are expected to push the veterans for a spot among the Top 5 as the season progresses.
Lundgren was an American Junior Golf Association All-American and played for the USA World Junior Golf Cup Team which defeated Canada at St. Andrew’s golf course in Scotland.
Boudreau, who played in his first tournament as a Buckeye at the Gary Koch Invitational (Oct. 15-16), was the Illinois Junior National Champion in 2000, the same year he led his high school team to the Illinois State championship.
Noting the Buckeyes
Doug Wade: Led the Buckeyes to a third place finish at the Marshall Invite (4/5-6) with his second place finish (217, +4)…Currently second on the team with a 72.8 stroke average in eight tournaments … completed fall play with second-lowest scoring average on the team (71.3) after 4-under par effort (212) at the Aztec Invitational (11/5-6) … fired the low round (64) of his career and on the team for the fall in the second round at the Aztec Inv. … Wade finished the Ping/Golfweek Preview (Sept. 28-30) with back-to-back sub-par rounds to on his way to a score of 211 for the 54-hole event … he finished tied for second after a 4-under 67 in the final round … had streak of four-consecutive rounds under par snapped with a final round 73 (T10 overall) at the Red River Classic (10/8-9) … had a pair of Top 10 finishes in the fall … 5-of-12 rounds this season have been below par, including four in the 60s.
Justin Collins: Leads the Buckeyes with a 72.5 scoring average after 24 rounds and eight tournaments this seasons … finished the fall with a 70.4 scoring average, lowest on the team, after a 9-under 207 (tied for second overall) at the Aztec Invitational (11/5-6) … shot 11-under over the final two rounds at the Aztec to help Buckeyes claim the team title … Collins fired back-to-back rounds under par to finish tied for the No. 9 spot at the Ping/Golfweek Preview (Sept. 28-30) … playing in the No. 1 spot for the Buckeyes, he helped move the team from 12th position after the first round to a No. 4 finish against some of the nation’s best teams in the Ping Preview … 8-of-18 rounds this season have been below par, including five in the 60s … had three Top 10 finishes in the fall … shot 3-under par 213 at Red River Classic (10/8-9) and 5-under at Gary Koch Inv.
Ryan Dennis: Responded well after a shaky start to the Ping Preview (Sept. 28-30) … followed first round 76 by shooting par over the final two days combined to tie for 16th with a 54-hole total of 218 … 3 rounds below par this season, including a 69 at Red River Classic (10/8)…was the Buckeye’s second best finisher at the Marshall Invite by finishing in a tie for 18th.
Kevin Hall: Helped Buckeyes move to within striking distance in the second round of the Aztec Invitational (11/5-6) with a second round 68 … the Buckeyes shot 20-under par (268) in round two, winning the 54-hole event by one stroke over the host Aztecs … Hall shot 226 over the three days of the Ping/Golfweek Preview (Sept. 28-30) to tie for 52nd at +13 (75-76-75) … helped OSU to a pair of tournament wins as a freshman after foregoing a redshirt season in the late spring to compete … played in two fall tournaments as a sophomore.
Jason Oien: Finished No. 3 on the team with a 72.3 scoring average in the fall … is currently third overall after eight tournaments with a scoring average of 73.7 … shot 7-under (209) to finish tied for sixth in helping the Buckeyes to the Aztec Invitational title (11/5-6) … struggled out of the gate in the first two rounds of the Ping/Golfweek Preview (Sept. 28-30) but finished strong with a final round 73 to help the Buckeyes to a No. 4 finish at The OSU Scarlet Course … led Buckeyes with a 7-under 209 effort at the Red River Classic (T 7) … shot final round 68, one of seven rounds in the 60s … finished the fall with a pair of Top 10 finishes.
Scott Anderson: Anderson was a decorated high school golfer at Great Falls (Mont.) … won the state individual title as sophomore and junior before finishing second as a senior … a three-time all-state selection, Anderson won seven individual tournaments as a prep athlete and was a four-time academic all-state honoree … played in his first tournament as a Buckeye at the Red River Classic.
Matt Boudreau: Boudreau made his first tournament appearance with the Buckeyes at the Gary Koch Inv. (Oct. 15-16) … struggled in the first round but was just 2-over par over the final 36 holes, including a career-low 72 in the final round … the St. Ann, Ill., native won the 2000 Illinois Junior Amateur Championship and led Bishop McNamara to the state title that year.
Scott Miller: Has played in three spring tournaments for the Buckeyes, finishing second among his teammates at the Gator Invitational (2/9-10) with a (+11) 221 for the tournament … Miller made his first appearance of the fall season and first since his junior campaign in 1999-00 at the Aztec Invitational (11/5-6) … shot a 1-under 71 in the final round as the Buckeyes won by one stroke at the Aztec Inv. … before the Aztec Inv., the fifth-year senior last competed at the Kepler Invitational (4/14-15, 2000), hosted by Ohio State … he finished tied for 19th place in that event.
2002 Kelper Field
Kepler Tournament Information
On April 12-14, the Kepler Intercollegiate returns to the Ohio State Scarlet Course for the 33rd time in 34 years.
The tournament was first played in 1969 and is named for the late Robert Kepler, who served as Ohio State’s golf coach from 1938 until 1965.
Under Kepler, Ohio State built a golfing tradition which was enhanced by an NCAA team championship in 1945, and four NCAA individual championships. One of the later winners was Jack Nicklaus, now universally recognized as the greatest golfer the game has ever known.
“We’ve had some of the best players in the country play here,” coach Jim Brown said. “Lately it’s been more of a district four tournament and probably the biggest qualifier for the NCAA Tournament because all of the best teams from the district are here.”
Since its inception, the Kepler has been won by just five schools – Ohio State, Indiana, Kent State, Miami (Ohio) and Northwestern. The Buckeyes have won the title 22 times, including six straight between 1974 and ’79 and nine consecutive between 1981 and ’89.
At last year’s Kepler Intercollegiate, Ohio State won the tournament for the 22nd time.
Northwestern won the individual title for the third year in a row. Wildcat Luke Donald, who captured the indiviual title at the 1999 Kepler, won his second title in 2001.
“It’s a tremendous tournament,” Brown said. “Over the years it has proven to be one of the best tournaments in the country.”
The Kepler is played on the Ohio State Scarlet Course. The 7,251-yard, par 71 course hosted the 1995 NCAA Championships as well as the 1997 NCAA women’s Championships and will host the NCAA Championships again in 2002.
“Everybody in the nation likes to come here and play because the course is so difficult,” Brown said. “They know after three or four rounds the best team and best individual will win.”
The Kepler Intercollegiate Year Champion Score Medalist, School Score 1969 Ohio State 1,153 Gary Artz, Ohio State 225 1970 Indiana 1,152 W. McDonald, Indiana 223 1971 Indiana 1,155 Dave Haberle, Minnesota 222 1972 Ohio State 1,131 Steve Groves, Ohio State 218 1973 Indiana 1,152 Kevin Proctor, Indiana 225 1974 Ohio State 1,182 Paul Davis, Ohio State 229 1975 Ohio State 1,138 Wayne Bartolacci, Ohio State 222 1976 Ohio State 1,137 Mark Balen, Ohio State 220 1977 Ohio State 1,124 M. Prestemon, Minnesota 219 1978 Ohio State 1,134 Jerry Vidovic, Illinois State 222 1979 Ohio State 607 Joey Sindelar, Ohio State 149 1980 Indiana 1,137 Joey Sindelar, Ohio State 220 1981 Ohio State 1,103 Joey Sindelar, Ohio State 211 1982 Ohio State 1,143 Chris Perry, Ohio State 221 1983 Ohio State 1,119 Chris Perry, Ohio State 215 1984 Ohio State 1,136 Craigen Pappas, Ohio State 223 1985 Ohio State 1,136 Craigen Pappas, Ohio State 221 1986 Ohio State 602 Chad Willis, Ohio State 147 1987 Ohio State 894 Steve Chipokas, Michigan 222 1988 Ohio State 913 Peter Hammar, Ohio State 221 1989 Ohio State 892 Ted Tryba, Ohio State 217 1990 Miami (Ohio) 901 Frank Lickliter, Wright State 222 1991 Ohio State 867 Chris Smith, Ohio State *210 1992 Ohio State 891 Steve Anderson, Ohio State 222 1993 Kent State 594 Eric Frishette, Kent State 140 1994 Kent State 592 Eric Frishette, Kent State 142 1995 Kent State 592 Chris Wollmann, Ohio State 219 1996 Ohio State 921 Matt Minister, Ohio State 224 1998 Ohio State *863 Tee McCabe, Miami (O.) *210 1999 Northwestern 899 Luke Donald, Northwestern 216 2000 Northwestern 876 Jess Daley, Northwestern *210 2001 Ohio State 893 Luke Donald, Norhtwestern 212 *Indicates tournament record