MAC Men's Golf Weekly Release

Updated 5/3/2000

A.T. Spires Ohio
Sr. Circleville, Ohio

Spires shot a season-best 216 (72-73-71) to finish fourth at the Penn State/Rutherford Intercollegiate. He led the Bobcats to a third-place finish as a team with a season-best score of 882 (292-296-294). He improved his score of 23 strokes from the previous week and nine strokes better than any of his spring tournaments.

Ben Curtis Kent
Sr. Ostrander, Ohio

Curtis finished in third place at the Spartan Invitational, shooting a one-under par 215 (71-73-71). He was only four strokes off the winning total. Curtis has finished among the top-four at Kent's last three tournaments.

Other Top Performances

Eric Phipps (Miami, Sr., Dixon, Ill.) led the RedHawks for the first time in his Miami career, tying for 19th place at the Fossum-Spartan Invitational. Phipps shot the best round of 18 for his career in the second round, totaling 68 strokes. It also tied for the low-18 round of the tournament.

Team Notes

Ohio plays host to the Mid-American Conference Championship at the The Medallion Club in Westerville, Ohio on May 3-6. The four-round tournament will be played on the Medallion Club's Rockery and Meadow course with a yardage of 6,802 on the par 72 round. Thursday's round will will tee off at noon, followed by two rounds on Friday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The final round Saturday will tee off at 8 a.m.

Kent looks to defend its MAC title at the MAC Men's Golf Championshi-ps this weekend. The Golden Flashes have claimed the MAC title eight times in the last nine years. Kent currently ranks 19th in the MasterCard Collegiate Rankings and 22nd in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

Dave Emanuelson of Northern Illinois was named a recipient of the 2000 College Golf Foundation MasterCard Graduate Scholarship. A finance and economics major, Emanuelson will graduate this month after earning four letters as a member of the Huskie golf team. He was the team's co-captain for the past three years and was selected to the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American Team as a sophomore and junior and the Golf Coaches Association of America Academic All-America Team his junior year. Emanuelson has plans to enroll in Law School this fall. Each season, a committee from the College Golf Foundation selects one male and one female golfer from the NCAA's Divisions I, II and III. The $1,000 scholarship is funded with corporate support from MasterCard International and is available to graduating varsity college golfers who plan to continue their education in accredited post-graduate programs.

Ohio posted its best team finish of the year with a three-round score of 882 (292-296-294) to finish third at the Penn State/Rutherford Intercollegiate. Freshman Jeff Chadwell and senior Joe Hill posted top-20 finishes behind the Bobcat's leader, senior A.T. Spires, who finished in a tie for fourth place. Chadwell matched a career-best 222 (70-75-77) to tie for 16th place, while Hill was hit 223 (74-76-73) to tie for 19th place.

Coming up in MAC Men's Golf


4-6 	Mid-American Conference Golf Championship
 	The Medallion
 	Westerville, Ohio

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


29-30 	Bruce Fossum/Spartan Invitational--18 teams
  	Forest Akers C.C.
  	East  Lansing, Mich.
1. Kent 288-285-297--870
2. Northwestern 299-289-289--877
3. Rhode Island 290-297-298--885
   Michigan State 294-286-305--885
5. Ohio State 297-299-296--892
10. Eastern Michigan 298-305-304--907
12. Miami 312-291-308--911
14. Marshall 303-308-304--915
T17. Akron 312-309-311--932

28-29 	PSU/Rutherford Intercollegiate--14 teams
  	Penn State Blue Course
  	University Park, Pa.

1. Penn State 299-289-283--871
2. UNC Wilminton 292-284-304--880
3. Ohio 292-296-294--882
4. James Madison 298-295-292--885
5. Princeton 301-288-297--886


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