Illini senior Patrick Nagle tied for seventh at the Kepler Intercollegiate to record his fourth Top-10 finish of the season.
April 15, 2007
Columbus, Ohio - The Illini men's golf team finished up strong today at the 37th annual Kepler Intercollegiate, hosted by Ohio State at the par 71, 7,455-yard Scarlet Course. Illinois carded a 306, the third lowest second-round score out of 16 teams in the tournament, to finish in sixth place with a 36-hole total of 612 strokes. The Illini moved up two spots in the team standings, from eighth to its sixth-place finish, which also ranked fourth among the 10 Big Ten schools participating this weekend. The Kepler's original 54-hole format was shortened to 36 holes after play was suspended midway through round two yesterday afternoon due to rain. The teams returned to a soggy course this morning to finish the second round, while the third round was cancelled.
Senior Patrick Nagle led the way once again for the Illini. Nagle shot a 76 today to improve eight spots from 15th to finish tied for seventh with a 36-hole score of 150. This marks Nagle's second consecutive Top-10 finish and fourth of the season. It also registers as the 22nd Top-10 finish of his career. With this weekend's performance, Nagle becomes Illinois' top finisher for the fourth time in seven tournament appearances this year.
Nagle wasn't the only UI golfer to move up the leaderboard today, however. In fact, everyone in the Illini lineup improved its finish thanks to a strong second-round showing. Senior Kyle Hosick shot a 77 today to improve four spots from 15th to tie for 11th place with a 36-hole total of 151, finishing one stroke behind Nagle. This marks Hosick's highest finish in five events this spring, and second best finish of the year.
Freshman Matt Hoffman carded his second lowest round of the season today, a 76, to improve 13 spots in the individual standings and record the highest finish of his career, tying for 23rd with a score of 154.
Senior Mark Ogren made the biggest jump of the day for the Illini. After posting a 77, he improved 16 spots to tie for 40th place with a score of 157.
Rounding out the UI lineup, sophomore Jon Krick shot an 80 to move up five spots and finish tied for 51st at 160.
No. 20 Louisville won the team title with a score of 591, while Michigan State's Matt Harmon was medalist at even-par. The rain and wind took its toll over the course of the weekend, as no one in the 90-player field finished below par.
Illinois returns to the course next weekend, competing April 21-22 at the Fossum Invitational in East Lansing, Mich.
Kepler Intercollegiate Final Team Standings 1. Louisville 292-299=591 2. Michigan State 295-305=600 3. Penn State 296-310=606 T4. South Carolina 294-313=607 T4. Northwestern 295-312=607 6. ILLINOIS 306-306=612 7. Ohio State 305-315=620 T8. Michigan 313-310=623 T8. Purdue 303-320=623 10. Indiana 313-312=625 11. Notre Dame 314-314=628 12. Iowa 308-324=632 13. Wisconsin 319-320=639 14. Ohio 309-331=640 15. SMU 317-324=641 16. Marshall 322-332=654 Illinois Results T7. Patrick Nagle 74-76=150 +8 T11. Kyle Hosick 74-77=151 +9 T23. Matt Hoffman 78-76=154 +12 T40. Mark Ogren 80-77=157 +15 T51. Jon Krick 80-80=160 +18