Pepsi MAC Men's Golfer of the Week

Updated 3/31/2000

Jeff Ritchey, Miami
Sr. Pickerington, Ohio

Ritchey posted his best finish as a RedHawk and led the team for the first time this season, tying for second place at the Marshall Invitational. His 217 strokes, one strok shy of his best-ever three-round sum, made him the top MAC finisher at the Invitational.

Other Top Performances

Ben Curtis (Kent, Sr., Ostrander, Ohio) tied for 14th place at the 2000 Compaq U.S. Collegiate Championships April 7-9. Curtis shot a low round of 65 on the second day of play, en route to a total of 215 (77-65-73). He led Kent to a tie for 11th place overall.

Joe Hill (Ohio, Sr., Frankfort, Ohio) tied for 11th place at the Marshall Invitational with a season-low score of 220. His opening-round 71 tied a season-low and helped Ohio to a tie for fifth place as a team, marking the Bobcats' fifth top-five finish and eighth top-10 finish in nine tournaments.

Ashely Wilt (Toledo, Sr., Bucyrus, Ohio) tied for 18th place at the Marshall Invitational. He shot three rounds for a total score of 222. His low round was 72.

Team Notes

Kent hosted a handful of the nation's top teams at the 2000 Compaq U.S. Collegiate Championships in Los Cabos, Mexico. Georgia Tech claimed the team title with a score of 838. The Golden Flashes tied for 11th place (903) with TCU against a field that included eight top-10 and 11 top-17 teams. Kent is 13th in the latest MasterCard Poll and 14th in the current Sagarin Rankings.

Miami posted a second-place finish after cutting its eight-stroke deficit to four against the tournament-winner Michigan at the Marshall Invitational. The RedHawks preserved a comfortable hold over second place, owning a six-stroke edge over third-place finisher Indiana.

Northern Illinois was off to a strong start, led by senior Tim Countryman, but had to withdraw from the Marshall Invitational on Saturday, Arpil 8. Due to weather, the tournament was delayed on Saturday, forcing NIU to withdraw or miss a scheduled flight back to DeKalb, Ill. Saturday evening.

Toledo shot 899 in three rounds to finish 10th out of 20 teams a the Marshall Invitational April 7-8. The Rockets were led by senior Ashley Wilt who shot a three-round total of 222. He tied for 10th place individually.

Ohio was led by senior Joe Hill for the second week in a row. He posted his best three-round tournament of the season despite inclement weather at the Marshall Invitational. Junior Erik Herberth posted his sixth top-20 finish of the season with a score of 222. Herberth (74.79) and Hill (74.75) are just .04 strokes apart in their scoring averages.


Coming up in MAC Men's Golf

April
15-16 Kent at Kepler Cleveland Classic
 Ohio State Scarlet G.C., Columbus, Ohio

22-23 King Cobra Invitational
 Firestone G.C.
 Akron, Ohio


This Spring in MAC Men's Golf

April
7-9  COMPAQ U.S. Collegiate Championships--16 teams
  Eldorado G.C.
  Las Cabos, Mexico
 1. Georgia Tech 288-275-275--939
 2. Clemson 293-278-281--855
 3. Oklahoma State 286-285-284--855
 4. Houston 291-280-290--861
 5. Georgia 288-282-292--862
 T11. Kent 305-297-301--903

31-1  marshall invitational golf Tourn.--19 teams
  Guyan Golf & Country Club
  Huntington, W.Va.
 1. Michigan 288-288-301--877
 2. Miami  288-296-297--881
 3. Indiana 297-291-299--887
 4. Iowa 294-291-303--888
 5. Ohio 290-298-302--890
  Ohio State 293-295-302--890
 T8. Marshall 298-291-306--895
  Michigan State 301-289-305--895
 10. Toledo 299-304-296--899
 15. Eastern Michigan 301-303-310--914

March-April
31-1  Kentucky Johnny owens inv.--16 teams
  Kearney Hill Golf Links
  Lexington, Ky.
 1. Louisville 288-303-287--876
 2. Marshall 296-291-295--882
 3. Western Kentucky 291-297-297--885
 4. Ohio 294-300-295--889
 5. Morehead State 294-298-300--892
 6. Eastern Michigan 304-297-293--894
 9. Miami 306-305-292--903
 T10. Ball State 305-299-303--907
 T14. Akron 320-300-310--930

March
25-26 Dr. Pepper Intercollegiate--18 teams
  Tanglewood Resort
  Pottsboro, Texas
 1. Minnesota 285-285-275--845
 2. Kent 280-285-287--852
 3. Michigan 287-288-281--856
 4. Penn State 286-291-283--860
 5. Michigan StateApril
31-1  Kentucky Johnny owens inv.--16 teams
  Kearney Hill Golf Links
  Lexington, Ky.
 1. Louisville 288-303-287--876
 2. Marshall 296-291-295--882
 3. Western Kentucky 291-297-297--885
 4. Ohio 294-300-295--889
 5. Morehead State 294-298-300--892
 6. Eastern Michigan 304-297-293--894
 9. Miami 306-305-292--903
 T10. Ball State 305-299-303--907
 T14. Akron 320-300-310--930

 295-289-286--870
  Toledo 288-293-289--870--
 11. Ball State 288-291-299--879
 12. Marshall 287-297-296--880
 13. Northern Illinois 285-298-298--881
 16.  Akron 293-303-292--888

24-25 Eastern Kentucky Spring Intercoll.--18 teams
  Arlington G.C.
  Richmond, Ky.
 1. Methodist 289-293-289--871
 2. Morehead State 298-294-299--891
 3. Eastern Kentucky 302-297-301--900
 4. Belmont University 301-297-303--901
 5. Bowling Green 304-300-301--905
  Tennessee-Martin 295-306-304--905

20-21 El Diablo Intercollegiate--9 teams
  El Diablo Golf and C.C.
  Citrus Springs, Fla.
 1. Baylor 294-294-291--879
 2. Rice  302-298-293--893
 3. Northern Illinois 306-300-292--898
 4. Eastern Kentucky 305-304-295--904
 5. Kentucky 307-307-295--904
 8. Marshall 321-301-305--927

17-18 Treasure Coast Classic--14 teams
  St. Lucie West C.C.
  Port St. Lucie
 1. Liberty 302-307-302--911
 2. Notre Dame 305-314-299--918
 3. Jacksonville State 302-308-314--924
 4. Morehead State 305-311-317--930
  Seton Hall 318-301-311--930
 10. Akron 308-311-328--946

17-18 Bradford Creek Intercollegiate--20 teams
 1. Virginia Commonwealth 571
  Virginia Tech 571
 3. Rhode Island 575
 4. Purdue 579
 5. Maryland 583
 11. Miami 591

17-18 Kauai Collegiate Cup--11 teams
  Princeville Makai Course
  Princeville, Hawaii
 1. San Diego 287-290-291--868
 2. Western Kentucky 293-289-288--870
 3. Penn State 285-297-292--874
 4. James Madison 290-295-296--881
 5. Eastern Michigan 294-301-288--883

11-12 Birkdale Collegiate--18 teams
  Birkdale Golf Course
  Huntersville, N.C.
 1. Virginia Commonwealth 286-287-286--873
 2. Mississippi 288-288-302--878
 3. Augusta 297-293-289--879
 4. College of Charleston 292-287-282--891
 5. Wake Forest 299-294-304--897
  Virginia Tech 303-293-301--897
 9. Miami 307-293-308--908

11-12 Silver Springs Individual--19 teams
  C.C. of Silver Spring Shore
  Ocala, Fla.
 1. Kent 286-287-300--856
 2. Indiana 288-288-302--858
 3. Penn State 285-288-287--860
 4. Colorado Springs 292-287-282--861
 5. Kentucky 289-285-289--863
 12. Northern Illinois 291-292-296--879
 13. Eastern Michigan 294-295-291--880
 15. Bowling Green 294-297-292--883
 16. Ball State 301-288-298--887
 17. Ohio 303-295-298--896
 19. Akron 310-303-302--915

6-7 William & Mary Invitational
  Kingsmill Plantation Course
  Williamsburg, Va.
 1. Marshall 300-298--598
  Austin Peay 303-295--598
 3. Elon 300-299--599
 4.  UNC-Wilmington 301-299--600
 5. Campbell 305-299--604

6-7 Randolph Cup-Six Man Tournament
  Kingsmill Plantation Course
  Williamsburg, Va.
 1. Baylor 294-294-291--879
 2. Rice 302-298-293--883
 3. Northern Illinois 306-300-292--898
 4. Eastern Kentucky 305-304-295--904
 5. Kentucky 307-307-295--909
 8. Marshall 321-301-305--927

4-5 Wolverine South Invitational--18 teams
 Hunter G.C.
 Savannah, Ga.
 1. Miami 306-300--606
 2. Methodist 304-304--606
 3. Michigan 313-306--619
 4. Ohio 312-310--622
 5. Xavier 322-305--627
 T6. Marshall 317-311--628
 9. Northern Illinois 325-306--631
 13. Ball State 326-314--640
 16. Bowling Green 336-327--663
 17. Akron 338-330--668

Past Pepsi MAC Golfers of the Week

April 3 Sam O'Dell, Marshall
March 26 Mike Sabo, Miami

Golfstat National Ratings
(as of March 31, 2000)

MAC Team Ratings

School 			Rating Rds. Team Avg. 	Low Rd. Wins
Kent 			7 	21  287.10 	275 	4
Northern Illinois 	70 	23  296.91 	278 	2
Eastern Michigan 	74 	20  296.05 	288 	0
Toledo 			112 	24  295.92 	284 	2
Miami 			117 	16  299.19 	283 	2
Ohio 			131 	18  299.11 	289 	0
Marshall 		148 	21  300.62 	282 	1
Ball State 		165 	22  302.27 	288 	0
Bowling Green 		277 	19  308.68 	292 	0
Akron 			282 	29  310.68 	292 	0


MAC Individual Ratings
(top-10 listed)

Player, School 		Rating Rds. Avg.    Low Rd. Wins
Ben Curtis, Kent 	7 	24  70.63   65 	    0
Jon Mills, Kent 	33 	21  71.81   68      0
Dustin Risdon, Kent 	68 	18  72.67   70      1
Tim Countryman, NIU 	162 	23  73.61   69      3
Danny Sahl, Kent 	165 	21  73.52   69      0
Brent Goulding, EMU 	189 	20  73.50   68      0
Tim Rice, Toledo 	277 	24  73.46   68      0
Dave Emanuelson, NIU 	342 	23  74.57   69      1
Brad Pemberton, EMU 	367 	20  74.45   70      0
Jaysen Hansen, EMU 	399 	17  74.53   80      0

2000 Men's MAC Rankings
(listed by average)

Player 		Yr.  School Strokes Rds. Ave.  Low Rd.
Ben Curtis 	Sr.  Kent   1687    24   70.29 65
Jon Mills 	Jr.  Kent   1732    24   72.17 68
Dustin Risdon 	Fr.  Kent   1308    18   72.67 70
Brent Goulding 	Jr.  EMU    1690    23   73.48 68
Tim Countryman 	Sr.  NIU    1840    25   73.60 69
Lee Curry, Jr. 	Jr.  Miami   959    13   73.77 71
Tim Rice 	Sr.  Toledo 1995    27   73.89 68
Danny Sahl 	Jr.  Kent   1781    24   74.21 69
Sam O'Dell 	Sr.  MAR    2008    27   74.37 70
Richard Elliott Sr.  Toledo 2013    27   74.56 69
Dave Emanuelson Sr.  NIU    1866    25   74.64 69
Brad Pemberton 	Fr.  EMU    1717    23   74.65 70
Jaysen Hansen 	So.  EMU    1495    20   74.75 70
Joe Hill 	Jr.  Ohio   1794    24   74.75 71
Erik Herberth 	So.  Ohio   1795    24   74.79 70
Alan Murray 	So.  Toledo 2023    27   74.93 69
A.J. Riley 	Sr.  MAR    2025    27   75.00 68
Steve Childress Jr.  NIU    1200    16   75.00 67
Ashley Wilt 	Jr.  Toledo 1126    15   75.07 71
Blake Johnson 	Jr.  Miami  1204    16   75.25 65
Kevin Kornowa 	Fr.  Toledo 2032    27   75.26 69
Ryan Chattin 	Sr.  BSU    1883    25   75.32 70
Shaun Stanek 	Sr.  EMU    1734    23   75.39 70
Jason Westrick 	Jr.  BSU     905    12   75.42 69
A.T. Spires 	Jr.  Ohio   1810    24   75.42 69
Adam Speirs 	Jr.  Miami  1660    22   75.45 71
Jeff Mankiewicz So.  EMU    1134    15   75.60 69
Jeff Ritchy 	Sr.  Miami  1437    19   75.63 66
Brian Post 	Sr.  BSU    1894    25   75.76 70
Jeff Martin 	Sr.  NIU    1667    22   75.77 71
Mike Sabo 	So.  Miami  1668    22   75.82 68
Jonah Karzmer 	Fr.  Kent   1139    15   75.93 71
Todd Pieri 	Sr.  BSU    1677    22   76.23 69
Jimmy McKenzie 	Sr.  MAR    2059    27   76.26 70
Aaron Williams 	So.  MAR    2059    27   76.26 68
Tyler Duke 	So.  Ohio   1754    23   76.26 70
Dave Higham 	Jr.  EMU     918    12   76.50 72
Brian Perry 	Jr.  MAR    1686    22   76.64 71
Mike Suhre 	Sr.  NIU    1692    22   76.91 69
Brian Gerken 	So.  BGSU    923    12   76.92 71
Justin Gillham 	So.  BGSU   1464    19   77.05 70
Kenny Cook 	Fr.  BSU     771    10   77.10 72
Jon Smarrelli 	Jr.  BGSU   1470    19   77.37 71
Adam Balls 	Fr.  BGSU   1474    19   77.58 72
Jeff Brue 	Fr.  NIU     931    12   77.58 72
Jeff Chadwell 	Fr.  Ohio   1868    24   77.83 71
Jeff Camp 	So.  Akron  1013    13   77.92 75
Bill Pollert 	Jr.  BSU    1560    20   78.00 70
Chris Jamieson 	So.  Akron  1724    22   78.36 70
Corey Patterson Sr.  Akron  1501    19   79.00 70
Mike Kotsos 	Sr.  BGSU   1108    14   79.14 74
Brian Schorsten So.  Akron  1509    19   79.42 72
Steve Sisson 	So.  MAR    1034    13   79.54 76
Andy Miller 	Fr.  BGSU   1043    13   80.23 75
Andy Spencer 	So.  Akron  1125    14   80.36 73
David Jones 	Fr.  Toledo  970    12   80.83 72