|Intercollegiate Robert Kepler|
|Appointment||Saturday-Sunday, April 23-24|
|Location||Columbus Country Club | Columbus, Ohio | Par 72, 7,077 yards|
|Domain||Ball State, Illinois, Indiana, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Michigan, Michigan State, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Ohio State (host), Penn State, Rutgers, Toledo|
|Nittany Lions in competition||Patrick Sheehan, Lou Olsakovski, Jake Griffin, james allen, jimmy meyer
Individual: Ben Smith
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania – Penn State’s men’s golf team travels to Ohio State’s Kepler Intercollegiate on Saturday and Sunday for its final tournament before next weekend’s Big Ten Championships.
The 54-hole Kepler Intercollegiate will be held at Columbus Country Club, a 7,077-yard par-72 course. Tee times begin at 7:30 a.m. both days this weekend, with 36 holes played on Saturday and the last 18 on Sunday. Penn State will tee off on the first hole starting at 9:10 a.m. Saturday, and the Nittany Lions will be paired with Michigan and Northern Illinois for Saturday rounds.
The Nittany Lions return to Kepler Intercollegiate for the eighth consecutive year. Penn State tied its all-time best finish at the Kepler last season, finishing second in the 16-team field. Lou Olsakovski led the Nittany Lions at Kepler last year, finishing tied for ninth at 2-over, 215.
Penn State will be represented by Patrick SheehanOlsakovsky, Jake Griffin, james allen and jimmy meyer on the program this weekend, while Ben Smith will play individually. Those six Nittany Lions finished in the top 26 at Rutherford Intercollegiate last weekend.
Penn State is coming off a stellar performance at last weekend’s Rutherford Intercollegiate, in which the Nittany Lions captured their seventh straight team title from Rutherford. The Nittany Lions entered second-place and four strokes behind No. 33 Michigan State on Sunday. Penn State came out of the gates strong, earning six strokes over the Spartans through the first six holes. to take first place before making the turn. The Nittany Lions never allowed the Spartans to regain the lead until the end, despite Michigan State firing one shot as the final group reached the final hole. Sheehan parried the final hole, while the Michigan State golfer bogeyed, to give Penn State the two-stroke victory over the Spartans.
Allen won the individual title after beating teammate Sheehan in a tiebreaker, as both Nittany Lions finished first and second atop the individual standings. A total of three Nittany Lions finished in the top 10, including five in the top 15.
Live scoring for the Kepler Intercollegiate will be available at GolfStat.