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MGOLF Ties for Fourth at Kepler Intercollegiate

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Kepler Intercollegiate
DATES April 22-23, 2017
LOCATION Ohio State Golf Club Scarlet Course; Columbus, Ohio (Par 71, 7,455 yards)
SCORING & INFO Team Leaderboard | Individual Leaderboard
FIELD Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kent State, Miami (OH), Michigan State, Nebraska, Northern Illinois, Ohio State (host), Penn State, and Rutgers.

April 23, 2017

 -- The Penn State men's golf team shot its best round of the tournament to finish in a tie for fourth place with host school Ohio State out of the 15-team field at the Kepler Intercollegiate in Columbus, Ohio.

The Lions bounced back from their second round score of 307 to shoot a sub-300 finishing round of 297 to finish at 903 for the tournament. Three Blue and White golfers finished in the top-25, one of three teams in the field to do so.

"Today as a team we did not start great through five holes," said head coach Greg Nye. "But over the final 13 we played smarter, no quit, determined golf. Loved seeing this in our team."

Sophomore JD Hughes (Carlisle, Pa.) shot his second 2-over round of 73 to finish in a tie for 14th place at 224, while sophomore Charles Huntzinger (Duluth, Ga.) shot a 75 to finish one stroke behind Hughes at 225 and in a tie for 19th place.

Junior Cole Miller (New Tripoli, Pa.) shot his best round of 74 to finish a shot behind Huntzinger at 226 and tied for 22nd. Freshman Alec Bard (New Hartford, N.Y.) ended his tournament with a 78 and finished in a tie for 48th, while freshman Ryan Davis (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) shot his best round of the tournament at 75 to finish in a tie for 58th.

"Yesterday, late on our final nine holes we got worn down with the relentless course set up and overly firm green surfaces," said Nye. "Being frustrated you start to force things and that never ends well, thus our deficit at day's end."

Illinois took home the team title at 12-over with Kent State 10 strokes behind. Iowa finished in third place at 47-over before the Lions and Buckeyes at 51-over.

Dylan Meyer from Illinois won the player championship with the only three-day total under par at 2-under.

The Lions return to action from April 28-30 for the Big Ten Championship in Lutherville, Maryland.

 Pos. Team/Player (seed) Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total + / -
 T4 Penn State 299 307 297 903 +51
 T14 JD Hughes (5) 73 78 73 224 +11
 T19 Charles Huntzinger (1) 74 76 75 225 +12
 T22 Cole Miller (2) 76 76 74 226 +13
 T48 Alec Bard (3) 76 80 78 234 +21
 T58 Ryan Davis (4) 85 77 75 237 +24




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