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Freshman is second Buckeye recognized this season after finishing 7-under last weekend
 
COLUMBUS, Ohio Freshman Brad Smith of the Ohio State men’s golf team was named Big Ten Men’s Golfer of the Week, the conference announced Wednesday. It is the first weekly award for Smith and the second time a Buckeye has been recognized this season, along with sophomore Patrick Simard (Feb. 20).

Smith recorded two career bests at the Ron Moore Invitational, March 21-23 in Goodyear Ariz. The native of Peru, Ind., fired a career-low 66 in the second round on the par 72, 7,015-yard Palms Course at the Palm Valley Golf Club. He finished the 54-hole event with a total of 7-under 209 to tie for fifth place, a career high. Smith led the field in par 5 scoring at 11-under for the event and the Buckeyes topped par 5 scoring as a team with an outstanding 27-under on those holes.

The tie for fifth was the sixth Top 10 finish for an Ohio State golfer this season. The Buckeyes finished second in the event at 17-under 847, climbing back from 15th place after the opening round.

Smith and the Buckeyes look to continue their strong play this weekend at the Furman Intercollegiate in Greenville, S.C. The event will take place March 28-30 on the Furman University Golf Course with teams playing 18 holes each day. Live scoring will be available on www.golfstat.com with links for tournament scoring also on the Ohio State men’s golf schedule page at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com