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Sep 5, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s golf team opens its 2013-14 campaign this weekend, Sept. 6-8, traveling to Sugar Grove, Ill., for the Northern Intercollegiate Golf Tournament. A field of 15 teams is scheduled to compete in this early-season test on the par 72, 7,236-yard course at Rich Harvest Farms.

Live scoring will be available at GolfStatResults.com. Daily summaries following each round will be provided at OhioStateBuckeyes.com, with updates posted on team’s official Twitter and Facebook.

TOURNAMENT BASICS
Name:
2013 Northern Intercollegiate Golf Tournament
Course:
Rich Harvest Farms – Sugar Grove, Ill.
Yardage:
7,236 yards – Par 72
Field (15 Teams):

Ball State
Central Florida
Houston
Indiana
Kentucky
Liberty
Louisville
Miami (Ohio)
North Texas
Northern Illinois
Ohio State

San Diego
St. Mary’s
UT Arlington
Virginia

Schedule of Play:
Friday, Sept. 6 – Tee times begin at 8:00 a.m. (18 holes)
Saturday, Sept. 7 – Tee times begin at 8:00 a.m. (18 holes)
Sunday, Sept. 8 – Tee times begin at 8:00 a.m. (18 holes)

THE BUCKEYE LINEUP
The Buckeye lineup will feature five players competing for team score and one competing as an individual. In their third season at Ohio State, juniors Boo Timko and Grant Weaver enter the weekend with a wealth of experience. Timko has competed in every possible tournament for the Buckeyes and Weaver has seen action in all but one.

Joining the pair are sophomores Tee-k Kelly and Michael Bernard. Both are coming off strong freshmen and summer campaigns. Freshman Frederik Hammer rounds out the five, competing in the first collegiate tournament of his career. Sophomore Max Rosenthal also made the trip and is competing as an individual.

ABOUT THE NORTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
Established before the 2011-12 season, the tournament aimed to provide collegiate teams an opportunity to play on one of Golf Digest‘s Top 100 courses. In fact, Rich Harvest Farms is scheduled to play host to a 2014 NCAA Men’s Golf Regional, the 2015 Palmer Cup, 2015 WGA Western Amateur and 2016 International Crown.

Now in its fourth season, the Northern Intercollegiate has raised more than $200,000 for improvements within the men’s and women’s golf programs at Northern Illinois. Thus far, the improvements include upgrades in team travel, equipment and recruiting tools.

Last season, Indiana came away with the team title recording a final score of 36-over 888. The individual championship was awarded to Denny McCarthy from the University of Virginia, who earned a 3-over 216. Both Indiana and Virginia will return to compete at Rich Harvest Farms this weekend.

WEATHER REPORT
At this point, the weather report could not look any better for the Northern Intercollegiate. According to Weather.com, mostly sunny skies are in the forecast for Friday with a projected high temperature of 86-degrees. Saturday will be another warm one with highs again in the upper-80s. The final day of the match should see a slight drop in temperature, with the high reaching 80-degrees and, once again, partly sunny skies.

BIG TEN PLAYERS TO WATCH
Juniors Boo Timko and Grant Weaver and freshman Frederik Hammer were the three Buckeyes named to the Big Ten 2013 Players to Watch List, the conference announced on Wednesday.

Timko earned PING All-Midwest honors and was named to the All-Big Ten Championship Team in 2013. He also earned All-Big Ten second team accolades last season. A Girard, Ohio, native, Timko notched a team-best 72.96 stroke average and played in all 12 tournaments.

Weaver averaged a 73.71 stroke coming in second on the team in 2013. A Wooster, Ohio, product, Weaver competed in all 12 tournaments with 27 of 32 rounds counting towards the team score.

Hammer, in his first season with the program, is from Rungsted, Denmark.

THE NEW GUYS
Ohio State welcomes three new freshmen to the squad this season – Clark Engle, Frederik Hammer and Josh Wick.

A native of Springfield, Ohio, Engle was named the 2011 Ohio Division II Individual State Champion during his time with Springfield Shawnee High School. He was twice named the Central Buckeye Conference Player of the Year, and served as team captain during his junior and senior campaigns.  As a senior, Engle recorded a school-record 63 and averaged 34.7 in 9-hole matches and 71.4 in 18-hole tournaments.

Hammer hails from Rungsted, Denmark, and was rencently named to the 2013 Big Ten Players to Watch list. In 2009, he won the Doral Junior Publix, European Boys Team Championship as well as the Junior Open. Twice he finished tied for third at the European Boys Championship (2010, 11). He also ranked fifth at the Danish Championship in 2012.

Wick arrives at Ohio State after leading Upper Arlington High School to the 2012 OCC Championship. A two-time recipient of the Jack Nicklaus award, Wick held a 75 overall average, and his score has counted in every team match for the last two seasons. Wick was an active participant in the Future Collegians World Tour, earning first-team All-America as well as FCWT Central Region Player of the Year honors.

UP NEXT
The Buckeyes will return to the state of Illinois for the Windon Memorial, scheduled Sept. 22-23 in Lake Forest, Ill. Also, coming up quickly on the agenda is the Jack Nicklaus Invitational. Ohio State will host the tournament, Sept. 29-30, on the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club.