Aug. 19, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio-Ohio State’s annual spring men’s golf tournament, the Kepler Intercollegiate presented by Cleveland Golf, will be contested at the Muirfield Village Golf Club, site of the Memorial Tournament, hosted by Jack Nicklaus. The Kepler event will be held April 15-16, 2006.

The 7,221-yard, par 72 Muirfield Village Golf Club is located in Dublin, Ohio. Practice rounds will be held April 14 prior to the 54-hole event. Two rounds will be played April 15 followed by the final round April 16.

The tournament field will be comprised of 15 teams. In addition to the host Buckeyes, Ball State, Indiana, Marshall, Miami (Ohio), Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue, Akron, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Toledo, Wisconsin and Xavier also will compete.

Because The OSU Scarlet Course is under renovation, the venue change was made to allow the Scarlet Course, which is being renovated by Nicklaus’ golf course design company, an opportunity to mature prior to the 2006 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships. That event will be played at the Scarlet Course May 23-26, 2006.

Jim Brown, head coach of the Ohio State men’s golf team, said the Kepler event will be a memorable experience for those involved.

“We are tremendously excited and extremely fortunate to host the 2006 Kepler Intercollegiate at Muirfield Village Golf Club,” Brown said. “Mr. Nicklaus has been so wonderful in the Scarlet Course restoration project and this is just another act of kindness on his behalf. The Kepler will be a great success and we are looking forward to competing on such a world-class golf course.”

The Ohio State men’s golf team has won the Kepler 23 times over the 36-year history of the event and has boasted the tournament individual medalist on 19 occasions. Ohio State last won the event in 2003. The tournament was not played as scheduled in April of this year because of inclement weather.