Senior Zach Sebert tied for lead, freshman Bo Hoag in Top 10 on home Scarlet Course

COLUMBUS, Ohio After 36 holes in the 39th-annual Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, the Ohio State men’s golf team sits in fourth place shooting 40-over 608. The Buckeyes were in first place following the morning 18, but stumbled slightly as the conditions worsened at the par 71 7,455-yard Scarlet Course. Temperatures in Columbus dipped into the low 40’s with wind gusts of 20 miles per hour during the cloudy day.

The teams are tight at the top as Michigan State leads at 605, followed by Colorado with 606. Trailing the Buckeyes by one stroke is Kent State in fourth.

Senior co-captain Zach Sebert, competing as an individual, is tied for the lead. He followed up an even-par 71 in his first 18 with a 74. They were two of the best rounds of the field, especially when considering the playing conditions. Sebert, from Grove City, Ohio, carded seven birdies over his 36 holes of play. Michigan State’s Ryan Brehm is tied with Sebert at the top of the leader board.

Sebert leads the field in both eagles and birdies. He is second in par 4 scoring and par 5 scoring at 2-over and 2-under, respectively.

Freshman Bo Hoag leads the Buckeyes with scores of 73-78 for a total of 9-over 151 to tie for eighth. The Upper Arlington, Ohio, native had two birdies and 24 pars, tied for fifth-most in the field.

Senior co-captain Kyle Coconis carded rounds of 76 and 77 and sits in a tie for 15th at 153. The native of Zanesville, Ohio, had only one hiccup in the 36 holes, a double-bogey at the par-5 fourth hole. Coconis is second in the field in pars with 26.

Junior Vaughn Snyder, from Massillon, Ohio, in tied with Coconis at 11-over 153. Snyder had rounds of 72-81. He carded one of two eagles on the day during his opening round on the par-5 12th hole.

Freshman Brad Smith had a two-round total of 156 and sits in a tie for 33rd. Smith, a native of Peru, Indiana, had three birdies on the day, including two in his second round on the back nine.

Rounding out the Buckeyes is Patrick Simard. The sophomore from Marbella, Spain struggled his first 18, but battled back and shot a 76 his second 18 to go along with an 82. He is tied for 42nd at 16-over 158.

In his first competitive tournament with the Buckeyes, freshman Michael Cress had rounds of 77-81 and sits in a tie for 42nd at 158. Junior Dan Rush (159) and freshman Tanner Murphy (160) are tied for 45th and 50th, respectively. Junior Kevin Grabeman is tied for 69th at 166.

Competing as a marker, junior David Becher had rounds of 79 and 86.

The final 18 holes of the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate will be played Sunday, beginning with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

Robert Kepler Intercollegiate: Day One
The Ohio State University Golf Club, Scarlet Course, Columbus, Ohio
Par 71, 7,455 yards

 Team Standings Scores 1. Michigan State 303-302605 (+37) 2. Colorado 299-307606 (+38) 3. Ohio State 298-310608 (+40) 4. Kent State 305-304609 (+41) 5. Penn State 303-310613 (+45) T-6. Wisconsin 301-313614 (+46) T-6. Northwestern 317-297614 (+46) 8. Louisville 313-307620 (+52) 9. Purdue  311-312323(+55) 10. Furman  311-318629 (+61) 11.Michigan  314-316630 (+62) 12. Iowa 319-312631 (+63) 13. UNC-Wilmington 314-319633 (+65) 14. Marshall  322-321643 (+75)    Ohio StateResults  Scores T-8. BoHoag  73-78 151 (+9) T-15. Kyle Coconis 76-77153 (+11) T-15. Vaughn Snyder 72-81 153 (+11) T-33. Brad Smith  77-79156 (+14) T-42. Patrick Simard  82-76 158(+16)    Ohio StateIndividuals Scores T-1. Zach Sebert 71-74145 (+3) T-42. Michael Cress 77-81158 (+16) T-45. Dan Rush  79-80159 (+17) T-50. Tanner Murphy  79-81160(+18) T-69. Kevin Grabeman  85-81166(+24) David Becher  79-86 165 (+23)