Kent's Ben Curtis Named MAC Golfer of the Week

Updated 4/26/2000
Pepsi MAC Men's Golfer of the Week Ben Curtis Kent
Sr. Ostrander, Ohio

Curtis placed second at the First Energy Intercollegiate, just one stroke behind medalist David Wagenseller of Ohio State. Curtis shot rounds of 74-71-70 for a one-under par total of 215.

Other Top Performances

Ryan Chattin (BSU, Sr., Oaktown, Ind.) was Ball State's top finisher at the First Energy Intercollegiate with a tie for 27th place. He shot rounds of 75-76-75 for a 226 total.

Jon Smarrelli (BGSU, Jr., New Castle, Pa.) shot a season-low 68 in the final round of the First Engergy Intercollegiate on Sunday, April 23. He placed 12th individually, while the Falcons finished ninth as a team. Smarrelli shot a three-round total of 222, averaging 74.00 strokes per round.

Tim Countryman (NIU, Sr., Dixon, Ill.) shot two round of 73 en route to a three-round total of 225 and a 20th-place finish at the First Energy Intercollegiate.

David Jones (Toledo, Fr., Derry, North Ireland) tied for 10th place at the First Energy Intercollegiate, marking the first time he has led the Rockets in his career. He shot a three-round score of 221 and set a new personal low round of 70.

Team Notes

Bowling Green scored a 296 on the final day of the First Engergy Intercollegiate at Firestone Country Club April 23. The round moved the Falcons into ninth place at the 20-team event.

Kent faced a 21-stroke deficit in the final round at the First Energy Intercollegiate, but managed a second-place finish behind host Ohio State. The Golden Flashes recorded rounds of 304-290-280 for a three-round total of 874 in the 20-team field. Kent was tied for second place after Saturday's first two rounds and fired a tournament-best 280 in the final round to narrow the gap to five strokes behind Ohio State.

Miami improved from its 15th-place standing after the first two rounds to a 12th place finish at the First Energy Intercollegiate. Lee Curry's 223-stroke (73-76-74), 13th-place tie led the RedHawks. Curry had led Miami in four the RedHawks' seven spring tournaments.

Northern Illinois turned in its best performance of the season in the final round of First Energy Intercollegiate. The Huskies cut 15 strokes off their second-round score to finish with a 295, two strokes under their season average. NIU tied for 15th place with MAC foe Ohio.

Ohio's Jeff Chadwell paced the Bobcats for the first time this season with a three-round score of 229 at the First Energy Intercollegiate. The Bobcats finished the tournament in a tie for 15th place with Northern Illinois. Ohio returns to action April 28-29 at the Penn State/Rutherford Intercollegiate.

Coming up in MAC Men's Golf

April
28-29 Penn State Rutherford Intercollegiate
State College, Pa.

29-30 Bruce Fossum/Spartan Invitational Forest Akers West G.C. East Lansing, Mich. 2000 MAC Men's Golf
Coaches' Preseason Poll


School 			Pts. 1999 Finish
1. Kent 		90 	1st
2. Toledo 		80 	2nd
3. Miami 		72.5 	3rd
4. Marshall 		60.5 	4th
5. Northern Illinois 	48 	7th
6. Eastern Michigan 	44 	5th
7. Ohio 		39 	9th
8. Ball State 		33 	6th
9. Bowling Green 	15 	10th
10. Akron 		13 	8th

This Spring in MAC Men's Golf

April
22-23 First Energy Collegiate--20 teams
      Firestone C.C.--North
      Akron, Ohio
1.    Ohio State 		282-291-296--869
2.    Kent 			304-290-280--874
3.    Purdue 			299-299-292--890
      Iowa 			296-298-296--890
5.    Wisconsin 		304-290-297--891
6.    Toledo 			305-293-295--893
9.    Bowling Green 		304-308-296--908
10.   Eastern Michigan 		308-300-307--915
11.   Ball State 		314-304-298--916
12.   Miami 			308-307-302--917
T15.  Northern Illinois 	309-313-298--920
      Ohio 			302-310-308--920
19.   Akron 			314-307-315--936

15-16 BSU Invitational--14 teams
  The Players Club
  Yorktown, Ind.
1.   Ball State (won playoff) 	293-293-289--875
2.   Eastern Kentucky 		288-288-299--875
3.   IUPU-Indianapolis 		289-293-296--878
4.   Youngstown State 		290-296-294--880
5.   Wright State 		288-296-297--881 
T12. Bowling Green 		302-294-300--896

14-15 Kepler Cleveland Classic--17 teams
  OSU Scarlett Course
  Columbus, Ohio
1.  Northwestern 		297-285-294--876
2.  Ohio State 			298-293-295--886
3.  Toledo 			305-296-296--897
    Michigan 			300-293-304--897
5.  Kent 			300-300-298--898
6.  Miami 			298-307-300--905
11. Marshall 			305-300-312--917
16. Akron 			318-319-315--952

7-9  COMPAQ U.S. Coll. 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 inv. 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

Past Pepsi MAC Golfers of the Week

April 26 Ben Curtis, Kent
April 19 Ben Curtis, Kent
April 12 Jeff Ritchey, Miami
April 4 Sam O'Dell, Marshall
March 26 Mike Sabo, Miami

MAC in the
Golfweek Sagarin College Rankings
(Top-50 as of April 24)
Team Individual
23. Kent 12. Ben Curtis, Kent

MAC in the Mastercard Collegiate Rankings
(Top-50 as of April 15)
Team Individual
13. Kent 12. Ben Curtis, Kent
  65. Jon Mills, Kent

2000 Men's MAC Rankings
(listed by average)

Player 			Yr.  	School 	Strokes 	Rds. 	Ave. 	Low Rd.
# 12 Ben Curtis 	Sr. 	Kent 	2121 		30 	70.70 	65
Jon Mills 		Jr. 	Kent 	2173 		30 	72.43 	68
Brent Goulding 		Jr. 	EMU 	2138 		29 	73.72 	68
Tim Countryman 		Sr. 	NIU 	2065 		28 	73.75 	69
Tim Rice 		Sr. 	Toledo 	2440 		33 	73.94 	68
Lee Curry 		Jr. 	Miami 	1405 		19 	73.95 	71
Danny Sahl 		Jr. 	Kent 	2227 		30 	74.23 	66
Sam O'Dell 		Sr. 	MAR 	2230 		30 	74.33 	70
Richard Elliott 	Sr. 	Toledo 	2013 		27 	74.56 	69
Dave Emanuelson 	Sr. 	NIU 	2092 		28 	74.71 	69
Jaysen Hansen 		So. 	EMU 	1945 		26 	74.81 	70
Joe Hill 		Jr. 	Ohio 	2024 		27 	74.96 	71
Alan Murray 		So. 	Toledo 	2476 		33 	75.03 	69
Erik Herberth 		So. 	Ohio 	2027 		27 	75.07 	70
Kevin Kornowa 		Fr. 	Toledo 	2482 		33 	75.21 	69
Blake Johnson 		Jr. 	Miami 	1204 		16 	75.25 	65
Ryan Chattin 		Sr. 	BSU 	2334 		31 	75.29 	70
A.J. Riley 		Sr. 	MAR 	2259 		30 	75.30 	68
Brad Pemberton 		Fr. 	EMU 	2184 		29 	75.31 	70
Jason Westrick 		Jr. 	BSU 	905 		12 	75.42 	69
Ashley Wilt 		Jr. 	Toledo 	1585 		21 	75.48 	71
Steve Childress 	Jr. 	NIU 	1437 		19 	75.63 	67
Brian Post 		Sr. 	BSU 	2345 		31 	75.65 	70
Adam Speirs 		Jr. 	Miami 	2121 		28 	75.75 	71
A.T. Spires 		Jr. 	Ohio 	2049 		27 	75.89 	69
Shaun Stanek 		Sr. 	EMU 	2203 		29 	75.97 	70
Mike Sabo 		So. 	Miami 	1901 		25 	76.04 	68
Dan Witt 		So. 	BSU 	837 		11 	76.09 	71
Jeff Ritchey 		Sr. 	Miami 	1903 		25 	76.12 	66
Kenny Cook 		Fr. 	BSU 	1218 		16 	76.13 	72
Jonah Karzmer 		Fr. 	Kent 	1599 		21 	76.14 	71
Jeff Mankiewicz 	So. 	EMU 	1371 		18 	76.17 	69
Eric Phipps 		So. 	Miami 	914 		12 	76.17 	71
Jeff Martin 		Sr. 	NIU 	1905 		25 	76.20 	71
Aaron Williams 		So. 	MAR 	2289 		30 	76.30 	68
Jon Smarrelli 		Jr. 	BGSU 	1908 		25 	76.32 	68
Jimmy McKenzie 		Sr. 	MAR 	2292 		30 	76.40 	70
Tyler Duke 		So. 	Ohio 	1988 		26 	76.46 	70
Dave Higham 		Jr. 	EMU 	918 		12 	76.50 	72
Todd Pieri 		Sr. 	BSU 	2143 		28 	76.54 	69
Brian Perry 		Jr. 	MAR 	1686 		22 	76.64 	71
Justin Gillham 		So. 	BGSU 	1920 		25 	76.80 	70
Mike Suhre 		Sr. 	NIU 	1926 		25 	77.04 	69
Brian Gerken 		So. 	BGSU 	1387 		18 	77.06 	71
Bill Pollert 		Jr. 	BSU 	2007 		26 	77.19 	70
Jeff Brue 		Fr. 	NIU 	931 		12 	77.58 	72
Jeff Chadwell 		Fr. 	Ohio 	2097 		27 	77.67 	71
Jeff Camp 		So. 	Akron 	1013 		13 	77.92 	75
Adam Balls 		Fr. 	BGSU 	1949 		25 	77.96 	72
Corey Patterson 	Sr. 	Akron 	1957 		25 	78.28 	70
Chris Jamieson 		So. 	Akron 	1962 		25 	78.48 	70
Dan Metzendorf 		So. 	Kent 	1179 		15 	78.60 	74
Andy Miller 		Fr. 	BGSU 	1495 		19 	78.68 	74
David Jones 		Fr. 	Toledo 	1424 		18 	79.11 	70
Dave Kotsos 		Sr. 	BGSU 	1108 		14 	79.14 	74
Steve Sisson 		So. 	MAR 	1034 		13 	79.54 	76
Brian Schorsten 	So. 	Akron 	1993 		25 	79.72 	72
Andy Spencer 		So. 	Akron 	1597 		20 	79.85 	71