Three Buckeye golfers place in the Top 10 in 36-hole event; up next is Ohio State’s own Robert Kepler Intercollegiate on Scarlet Course April 12-13
COLUMBUS, Ohio After the first day of the Marshall Invitational was washed out because of heavy rains in Huntington, W.Va., the Ohio State men’s golf team was back in action Saturday and shot a 3-under 565 to finish third in the field of 17. Fellow Big Ten teams Illinois and Penn State placed first and second, respectively. The tournament was shortened to 36 holes on the par 71, 6,476-yard Guyan Golf and Country Club. PSU’s Robert Rohanna defended his individual title by firing a 6-under 136.
Ohio State was one of three teams to finish the Marshall Invitational under par. The Buckeyes also defeated five other Ohio teams: Cincinnati, Miami, Bowling Green, Wright State and Ohio.
Senior co-captain Kyle Coconis and freshman Bo Hoag led the Buckeyes at 2-under 140 for a fifth-place tie. It is the second Top 5 finish of the season for both Ohio natives. Coconis, of Zanesville, opened with a 68 for his sixth round in the 60s this season and wrapped up the event with a 72. Hoag, of Upper Arlington, fired steady scores of 71-69 for his fifth round in the 60s this year.
Coconis and Hoag tied for third in par 3 scoring, finishing at even par on par 3s for the 36 holes. Hoag finished one stroke back of the leaders in par 4 scoring at 3-under.
In his first tournament as a Buckeye, junior Vaughn Snyder finished tied for ninth at 141. The Massillon, Ohio, native had rounds of 70 and 71. Snyder was second in the field with nine birdies over the two rounds. He was also in the group with Coconis and Hoag that finished third in par 3 scoring.
Junior Dan Rush, from Grove City, Ohio, finished in a tie for 23rd firing rounds of 73 and 71 to finish at 2-over 144. Rush played solidly on par 5s, finishing 4-under on the holes for the tournament for the third-best mark in the field. Along with Snyder, he also accumulated nine birdies to finish second.
Sophomore Patrick Simard finished tied for 53rd with a total of 150 after rounds of 73 and 77. It was only the second tournament this season Simard has not carded a round under par.
As a team, the Buckeyes finished in the Top 5 in par 3, 4 and 5 scoring and birdies. Ohio State finished second in par 3 scoring (+7) and birdies (36). On par 4s, the Buckeyes finished tied for third at 4-over. They were 7-under on par 5s to finish in a tie for 5th.
Up next for Ohio State, the team concludes its regular season by hosting the 39th-Annual Robert Kepler Intercollegiate April 12-13 on Scarlet Course. Competition begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Teams tee off of Nos. 1 and 10 Sunday also starting at 8:30 a.m.
Marshall Invitational: Final Results
Guyan Golf and Country Club, Huntington, W.Va.
Par 71, 6,476 yards
Team Standings Scores 1. Illinois 274-280554 (-14) 2. PennState 281-280561(-7) 3. Ohio State 282-283565 (-3) 4.Marquette 288-287575 (+7) 5. RhodeIsland 288-290578 (+10) 6. EasternKentucky 288-291579 (+11) 7. William &Mary 294-287581 (+13) 8. Cincinnati 289-294583 (+15) T-9. Miami (OH) 288-297585 (+17) T-9. Ball State 291-294585 (+17) T-11. Richmond 293-294587 (+19) T-11. Princeton 293-294587 (+19) T-11. Bowling Green 287-300587 (+19) 14. Wright State 302-289591 (+23) T-15. Ohio 298-298596(+28) T-15. Northern Illinois 298-298596(+28) 17. Marshall 292-306598(+30) Ohio StateResults Scores T-5. BoHoag 71-69140 (-2) T-5. Kyle Coconis 68-72140 (-2) T-9. Vaughn Snyder 70-71141 (-1) T-23. Dan Rush 73-71144(+2) T-58. Patrick Simard 73-77 150 (+8)