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Men's Golf Finishes Ninth at Kepler Invitational

April 19, 1998

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's golf team jumped to ninth place at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate Sunday, carding a final-round 292 to finish at 307-304-292=903. Only second-place Northwestern had a better round than the Spartans Sunday, posting a 288 on the final day. Host Ohio State finished atop the 16-team field, shooting 280-285-298=863 on its home links.

Junior Matt Riegel (East Lansing) led MSU, posting a career-best tournament score of 76-72-70=218 to finish only eight strokes behind medalist Tee McCabe of Miami (Ohio). Riegel's two-under par 70 on Sunday also marked the lowest single round of his career. His previous career bests were 225 and 71, both at the 1996 Bradford Creek Classic. In addition, Riegel was the only MSU golfer to break par in any round of the tournament.

Senior John Ehrgott (Peoria, Ill.) and sophomore Chad Quinn (Sylvania, Ohio) tied for 41st after finishing with identical 76-78-74=228 scorecards. Junior Rich Strozewski (Quincy) also had his best round of the tournament Sunday, striking a 74 to finish in a tie for 56th at 79-80-74=233.

The Spartans will have next weekend off before heading to Ann Arbor for the Wolverine Invitational May 2-3. MSU will host the Big Ten Championship May 8-10 at Forest Akers West.

1. Ohio State		280-285-298=863		T6. Matt Riegel		76-72-70=218
2. Northwestern		299-291-288=878		T41. John Ehrgott	76-78-74=228
3. Miami (Ohio)		294-294-295=883		T41. Chad Quinn		76-78-74=228
4. Toledo		         294-297-296=887		T56. Rich Strozewski	79-80-74=233
5. Illinois		    292-305-295=889		T71. Matt Pumford	80-76-81=237
6. Notre Dame		298-303-294=895
7. Purdue		        303-300-297=900
8. Indiana		        300-302-300=902
9. Michigan State	        307-304-292=903
10. Ball State		296-308-300=904
     Kent State		300-303-301=904
12. Michigan 		301-295-314=910
13. Wisconsin		307-305-299=911
14. Marshall		299-313-309=921
15. Iowa			311-311-307=929
16. Ohio			304-317-309=930



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