Justin Arens wins Mid-Ohio Invitational in 8-hole playoff
27 Jun 2015
see also: Mid-Ohio Invitational Golf Tournament, Hickory Flat Greens

2015 Mid-Ohio champ Justin Arens
2015 Mid-Ohio champ Justin Arens

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.

ABOUT THE Mid-Ohio Invitational

The Mid-Ohio Invitational is a 36-hole amateur golf championship played annually at the Hickory Flat Greens Golf Course in West Lafayette, Ohio. The tournament is always played on the last full weekend in June.

The field is limited to 102 entrants. Golfers may carry their own clubs, use caddies or ride on carts provided by the course. Those who wish to have a caddy must provide their own. Rangefinders, including Sky Caddie, are allowed. USGA rules govern play.

Hickory Flat Greens is a 6,600-yard par 72 golf course designed by Jack Kidwell. It opened in 1969. It has eight par four holes, five par three holes and five par five holes. Water hazards can come into play on ten holes. Hickory Flat Greens has a course rating of 70.4 and a Slope of 109. The competitive course record is 62 shot by Zach Sebert in the Mid-Ohio Invitational in 2007. The median score in the championship over the last five years is 75.

Golfers compete by invitation, but low handicap golfers are encouraged to contact MOGA and request an entry form. There is no provision for entering the tournament online. Final deadline for submitting an entry is one week prior to the tournament, although entries will close earlier if the field reaches 102 players before the stated deadline.

The tournament is open to amateur golfers of all ages and is not limited to golfers who reside in Ohio. Golfers from 21 other states and Canada have competed. Players wanting an invitation can contact MOGA at the street or e-mail address listed on this site. When requesting an invitation, please provide some information about the level of your golf game, such as your USGA handicap and experience you may have had in competitive golf.

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