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Men's Golf in Ninth at Kent/Cobra Intercollegiate

April 24, 1999

RAVENNE, Ohio – The Notre Dame men’s golf team continued its late-season push for a spot among the Midwest District’s six-team contingent in the NCAA Tournament by positioning into a share of ninth place out of 19 teams at the Kent/Cobra Intercollegiate, heading into Sunday’s final round.

The Irish carded rounds of 294-288 Saturday at the par-70, 6,936-yard Windmill Lakes Golf Course for a 582 total, just one shot behind Ball State, four behind Miami (Ohio) and seven behind Ohio University. The first-place team and host Kent (282-288) stands just 12 shots ahead of the Irish heading into the final 18 holes.

Senior Willie Kent and surging junior co-captain Todd Vernon led the Irish on Saturday with matching rounds of 73-71, good for a share of 23rd in the 100-player field. Senior co-captain Brad Hardin added rounds of 73-74, followed by junior Jeff Connell (75-72) and freshman Steve Ratay (79-77).

Kent and Vernon are just five shots out of sixth place and nine behind individual leader Jamie Broce of Ball State (64-70), who holds a four-shot cushion on Xavier’s Steve Dixon.


  1. Kent          282-288/570 2. Purdue        283-289/572 3. Toledo        286-287/573    Illinois      284-289/573 5. Wisconsin     279-295/574 6. Ohio          289-286/575 7. Miami, Ohio   290-288/578 8. Ball State    286-295/581 9. Notre Dame    294-288/58210. Iowa          289-295/58411. Xavier        290-296/58612. Kentucky      296-292/58813. E. Michigan   297-292/58914. Marshall      295-296/59115. Marquette     302-296/59816. Bowling Green 298-302/60017. Wright State  298-304/602    N. Illinois   297-305/60219. Akron         302-301/603


1. Jamie Broce (BSU)     65-70/1352. Steve Dixon (XAV)     71-68/139   Matt Stutzman (IOWA)  68-71/139   C.J.Brock (WIS)       66-73/139   Jon Mills (KENT)      69-70/1396. Sam O'Dell (MAR)      71-70/141   Tee McCabe (MIA)      71-70/141         


23. Willie Kent          73-71/14423. Todd Vernon          73-71/14446. Brad Hardin          73-74/14746. Jeff Connell         75-72/14785  Steve Ratay          79-77/156