Austin Peay University golfer Justin Arens shot a three-under par 68 and then survived an eight-hole sudden-death play-off to win the fifty first annual Mid-Ohio Invitational Championship at the Hickory Flat Greens golf course on June 27-28 in West Lafayette, Ohio.
Arens dropped a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-five eighteenth hole at Hickory to end hopes of Shawnee State golfer Josh Zornes. Arens, Zornes and Iowa State golfer Jack Carter edged Ohio State University golfer Grant Weaver and Matt Meyer of New Albany, Ohio by a stroke to make the play-off. Carter dropped out after the first hole when Arens and Zornes made birdies.
The scheduled 36-hole tournament was reduced to 18 holes when heavy rains flooded the course and washed out the first round. Rains and cold, blustery winds made for difficult conditions the second day where scores averaged nearly three strokes higher than on the same layout a year earlier.
It was the sixteenth consecutive year the tournament has been won by a member of a college golf team.
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