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Junior Vaughn Snyder opens with season-low 68, is tied for fourth at 1-under
 
EAST LANSING, Mich. The Ohio State men’s golf team opened the 2008 Big Ten Championships with scores of 293 and 298 to sit in fourth place with a total of 591 after 36 holes in East Lansing, Mich. Illinois leads the event at 5-over 581 on the par 72, 7,013-yard Forest Akers Golf Club’s West Course. Northwestern in second (584) followed by Michigan State in third (586). The Buckeyes have a one-stroke lead over No. 18 Indiana in fifth (592).

Junior Vaughn Snyder fired a season-low 68 to lead the field after 18 holes. The native of Massillon, Ohio, was 1-under on the front nine and 3-under on the back, including three-consecutive birdies to conclude the round. Snyder followed with a 75 and is tied for fourth at 143 (-1). He leads the field in par 5 scoring at 5-under and is tied for the lead with 11 birdies.

Freshman Bo Hoag and senior Kyle Coconis are tied for 17th at 5-over 149. The two Ohio natives exchanged rounds of 74 and 75 on the opening day of the conference championships. Hoag, of Upper Arlington, leads the field in eagles, carding one each round on the par 5 hole No. 13.

Brad Smith, a freshman from Peru, Ind., had a tough first round of 79, but followed with a 74 to move into a tie for 32nd at 9-over 153. Senior Zach Sebert, from Grove City, Ohio, shot 76-82 and is tied for 49th at 158.

The Big Ten championships continue Saturday and Sunday with a single round each day. Teams tee off at 9 a.m. Saturday and live scoring is available on www.golfstat.com.

2008 Big Ten Championships: Day One
Forest Akers Golf Club’s West Course, East Lansing, Mich.
Par 72, 7,013 yards

 Team Standings Scores 1. Illinois 293-288581 (+5) 2. Northwestern 293-291584 (+8) 3. Michigan State 291-295586 (+10) 4. Ohio State 293-298591 (+15) 5. Indiana 297-295592 (+16) 6. Minnesota  293-301594 (+18) T-7. Michigan 296-302598 (+22) T-7. Purdue 303-295598 (+22) 9. Wisconsin 296-305601 (+25) 10. Iowa  304-305609(+33) 11. Penn State  299-313612 (+36)   Ohio State Results Scores T-4. Vaughn Snyder 68-75143 (-1) T-17. Bo Hoag  75-74149(+5) T-17. Kyle Coconis  74-75149(+5) T-32. Brad Smith  79-74153(+9) T-49. Zach Sebert  76-82158 (+14)