Northwestern Finishes Fourth at Weather-Shortened Kepler Intercollegiate
David Merkow and Jonathan Bowers finish with second-round 76's
April 15, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Northwestern ended its regular-season schedule with a fourth-place tie at the 37th Robert Kepler Intercollegiate at Ohio State's Scarlet Course, site of the Wildcats' next event, the 2007 Big Ten Championships.
Less than ideal weather conditions reduced this year's Kepler to a two-round tournament. Play was suspended Saturday midway through the second round. Tournament officials decided to finish the second round Sunday, but cancel the third round due to time issues.
The Wildcats, ranked 39th in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin index, finished with a 39-over 607 (295-312) and tied with No. 41 South Carolina. 20th-ranked Louisville, the highest ranked team in the tournament, finished first with a 23-over 591 (292-299). No. 31 Michigan State and No. 94 Penn State were second and third, respectively.
Northwestern received a pair of 5-over 76's from senior David Merkow (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead Union) and freshman Jonathan Bowers (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson). Merkow placed fourth with a 6-over 148 (72-76), six strokes back of MSU's Matt Harmon, the Kepler medalist. Bowers finished 14th with a 10-over 152 (76-76).
Junior Kyle Moore (Dublin, Ohio/Scioto), who was a co-leader after the first round with a 1-under 70, finished 7-over (70-79=149) for the tournament and in sixth place. Moore was the defending Kepler medalist.
Junior Dan Doyle (Rochester, Mich./Stoney Creek) and Chris Wilson (Dublin, Ohio/Coffman) placed 43rd and 70th, respectively. Doyle carded a 16-over 158 (77-81) and Wilson had a 22-over 164 (79-85).
Northwestern now prepares to defend its Big Ten championship. This year's Championships begin Friday, April 27 and run through April 29.
David Merkow finished fourth at the Kepler Intercollegiate.