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Men’s Golf Takes Sixth In Kepler Intercollegiate

The No. 29 Penn State men’s golf team traveled to Columbus, Ohio for the Kepler Intercollegiate on the Scarlet Course at Ohio State. Five Nittany Lion golfers led the way for the sixth place finish for Penn State with sophomore Cole Miller finishing the highest for the Nittany Lions with a +5, which earned him a tie for tenth place. Penn State finished as a team +30, trailing UNLV (+18), UAB (+23), Michigan State (+23), Ohio State (+26), and Maryland (+29).

How It Happened

Round One on Saturday started out positively for the Nittany Lions as they finished in a tie for fifth place with a +15. At the end of Round One, Cole Miller was in a tie for ninth place with a score of +2. Miller started his day with a birdie on the first hole. He bogeyed the fourth and the seventh holes to go to +1. He finished +1 on the back nine with a birdie and two bogeys to finish +2 in Round One. Freshman Charles Huntzinger was tied for 23rd with a score 0f +3, and JD Dornes, Chris Houston, and Geoff Vartelas rounded out the first stage of the tournament with scores of +4, +6, and +7 respectively.

At the beginning of Round Two, the Nittany Lions looked to climb in the standings with hopefully positive rounds from Miller and the four others. Miller made one birdie and four bogeys as he ended his day at +3 to finish his tournament in a tie for tenth place and a score of +5. Huntzinger finished his round at +3, matching his total from Round One. JD Dornes improved his total with a finish of +2 in Round Two to finish +6. Houston finished with a total score of +10, and Vartelas finished at +13. At the end of Round Two, consistency was evident for the Nittany Lions as they finished with another +15, ending their tournament at +30 and in sixth place.

Golfer Of The Tournament

Cole Miller | Sophomore

Cole Miller receives Golfer of the Tournament honors for the Kepler Intercollegiate as he finished a team high tenth place at +5. Miller helped keep the Nittany Lions’ team score down in order to keep a sixth place finish, ending as the team’s most consistent player.

What’s Next?

April 16 and 17 marks the start of the Rutherford Intercollegiate on the Blue Course here at University Park. The Nittany Lions will try and improve on their sixth place finish at the Kepler Intercollegiate to try and earn a top spot at their home tournament.

About the Author

Matt Coleman

Matt Coleman is a writer for Onward State. His hometown is North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, a little under an hour from Pittsburgh. He is a sophomore majoring in Natural Resource Engineering in Biological Engineering. Please e-mail questions and comments to [email protected] Also, follow him on Twitter @cole_man2.

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