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    May 17, 1998

    Men's Golf Finishes Third At NCAA Central Regional

    Seppanen Wins Individual Title

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Northwestern men's golf team finished in third place at the 1998 NCAA Central Regional in San Antonio, Texas. NU fired a 2-under-par 282 on the third and final day and finished the tournament at 2-over par. Houston won the Regional at seven-under par and Oklahoma finished in second at three-under.

    Senior Matt Seppanen finished in first place at the tournament after firing a 2-under-par 69. Seppanen had rounds of 68, 68, 69 and finished at eight-under par (205). Freshman Luke Donald finished in fourth place with a four-under 209, while junior Josh Habig finished in a tie for 34th at five-over 218.

    Seppanen's 205 is the second lowest 54-hole tournament score in Northwestern history and he becomes the 'Cats first-ever Regional NCAA Champion.

    Team Standings                          Score
    1.  Houston         283-281-281=845     -7
    2.  Oklahoma        284-283-282=849     -3
    3.  Northwestern    282-290-282=854     +2
    4.  TCU             292-281-281=855     +3
    5.  Nebraska        286-282-289=857     +5
    6.  Minnesota       287-284-291=862     +10
    7.  Oklahoma St.    292-286-286=864     +12
         Ohio State     291-283-290=864     +12
    9.  Miami           293-288-286=867     +15
    10.  Kent St.       287-297-284=868     +16
    
    Individual Standings                    Score
    NU Individual Standings
    1.  Matt Seppanen   68-68-69=205        -8  
    4.  Luke Donald 69-72-68=209            -4
    34.  Josh Habig     70-74-74=218        +5
    81.  Jess Daley 77-76-71=224            +11
    109.  Erik Ciotti   75-79-85=239        +26