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Freshman fires three rounds in the 60’s for second Top 10 finish

COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s golf team concluded its fall season with an eighth-place finish at the SSC Pacific Invitational Wednesday in Stockton, Calif. The Buckeyes carded a final round team score of 9-under 279, their lowest team round of the fall season, and had a total score of 847 (-17). The event was held at the par 72, 6,720-yard Brookside Country Club.

Freshman Bo Hoag continued his outstanding play at the Pacific Invitational, firing his third-consecutive round in the 60’s with a 67 to tie his career low. The native of Upper Arlington, Ohio, carded a bogey-free round with five birdies and concluded the event at 12-under with a total of 204 to place fifth. It was his second Top 10 finish in his young career and the fifth by a Buckeye this fall.

Also shooting a final round in the 60’s was senior Kyle Coconis with a 69 (-3). The co-captain from Zanesville, Ohio, was 4-under on the back nine and wrapped up his round with an eagle on the par-5 18th hole. Coconis jumped up 17 spots on the leaderboard to finish tied for 42nd at 1-over 217.

Along with Hoag’s 67 and Coconis’ 69, the Buckeyes recorded 11 rounds in the 60’s during their four fall tournaments.

Sophomore Patrick Simard came back with a third round of 70 after posting his first round over par this fall Tuesday. The native of Marbella, Spain, had a bogey-free round through the first 11 holes with two birdies and finished tied for 25th at 213 (-3). Simard finished in the Top 25 of all three tournaments he competed in this fall.

Senior co-captain Zach Sebert posted his third-consecutive round of 73 to tie for 52nd at 219. Freshman Brad Smith concluded his first collegiate tournament with a 77 to finish 56th at 221.

Top-ranked Charlotte came from behind with a final round of 17-under 271 to win the event with a score of 824, two strokes ahead of the two-day leader Kansas State.

The Buckeyes will return to competition when they open their 2008 spring schedule Feb. 25-26 at the Rio Pinar Intercollegiate in Orlando, Fla.

SSC Pacific Invitational Final
Brookside Country Club, Stockton, Calif.
Par 72, 6,720 yards

Team Standings   Scores 1. Charlotte  278-275-271824 (-40) 2. Kansas State 273-274-279826 (-38) 3. Marquette 275-286-275836 (-28) 4. Oregon 279-279-279837 (-27) 5. Fresno State 280-280-283843 (-21) T-6. San Jose State 279-283-283845 (-19) T-6. UC Davis 278-278-289845 (-19) 8. OhioState  282-286-279847(-17) 9. UC-Santa Barbara 285-279-290854 (-10) 10. Brigham Young 282-286-290858 (-6) 11. Pacific 287-280-293860 (-4) 12. CSU-Northridge 284-290-287861 (-3) 13. Rice 285-297-291873 (+9) 14. Northern Colorado 289-291-303883 (+19)   Ohio State Results Scores 5. Bo Hoag 69-68-67204 (-12) T-25. Patrick Simard 69-74-70213 (-3) T-42. Kyle Coconis 76-72-69217 (+1) T-52. Zach Sebert 73-73-73219 (+3) 56. Brad Smith 71-73-77221 (+5)