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Ohio State battles gusty winds throughout round three, final 18 holes to be played Sunday

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With winds gusting up to 35 miles per hour, the Ohio State men’s golf team continued action Saturday at the Big Ten Championships and finished the third round with a score of 308 (+24) on the par 71, 7,152-yard Windsong Farm Club in Maple Plain, Minn. The Buckeyes head into the final round of play in seventh place out of the 11-team field with a total team score of 893.

Ninth-ranked Illinois leads the tournament after 54 holes with a score of 10-over 862. David Lipsky of Northwestern and Matt Thompson of Michigan are tied atop the individual standings at 3-under 210.

After an impressive first day that brought a pair of sub-70 rounds, junior Bo Hoag had a tougher time in round three with a score of 5-over 76. Beginning the day off the 10th tee, he played steady golf throughout as he posted seven pars to just two bogeys in his first nine holes. The Upper Arlington, Ohio, native then had a rough stretch between Nos. 2-7 with three bogeys and a double-bogey in that span between birdies on holes 1 and 8.

Hoag, an Honorable Mention All-American, heads into the final round in sixth place with a score of 214, only two strokes back from a pair tied for third and four shots away from the top of the leaderboard.

Freshman Matt Turner carded the best Buckeye round of the day with a 75 to finish in a tie for 26th place with a total of 224. He started the day on shaky ground, tallying a bogey and a double-bogey on two of his first three holes. The Dubai native rebounded quickly though, stringing together several pars to help move him up the standings.

Zack Sobel closed out the day in a tie for 39th place with a sum of 230 after struggling through a round of 84. The freshman from Clearwater, Fla., had trouble finding his rhythm from the onset, posting four bogies and a double bogey in his first five holes.

Junior Brad Smith has a rough time from the get-go, picking up a pair of bogeys to start the day as he carded a score of 80. The Peru, Ind., native finished in a tie for 43rd place with senior Brad Wright, who posted a 77 on the day. The pair has 54-hole totals of 232.

The Big Ten Championships conclude Sunday with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. (CT). Live scoring is available on www.golfstat.com.

Big Ten Championships – Day 2
Windsong Farm Golf Club, Maple Plain, Minn.
Par 71, 7,152 yards

Team Standings             Scores
1. Illinois                   281-281-300 – 862 (+10)
2. Michigan                286-294-294 – 874 (+22)
3. Iowa                      288-286-304 – 878 (+26)
4. Northwestern           292-286-301 – 879 (+27)
5. Purdue                   293-284-306 – 883 (+31)
6. Indiana                  289-290-306 – 885 (+33)
7. Ohio State                   293-292-308 – 893 (+41)
8. Minnesota               301-289-305 – 895 (+43)
9. Penn State              296-294-307 – 897 (+45)
10. Michigan State       298-291-310 – 899 (+47)
11. Wisconsin              298-300-314 – 912 (+60)

Ohio State Results          Scores
6. Bo Hoag                  69-69-76 – 214 (+1)
T-26. Matt Turner         73-76-75 – 224 (+11)
T-39. Zack Sobel          76-70-84 – 230 (+17)
T-43. Brad Smith          75-77-80 – 232 (+19)
T-43. Brad Wright         78-77-77 – 232 (+19)