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COLUMBUS, Ohio -After taking a month off from competition, the Ohio State men’s golf team returns to the links as the Buckeyes travel to Delray Beach, Fla., for the Spring Break Championships hosted by Florida Atlantic March 25-27. The 17-team tournament will take place on the par 72, 6,750-yard Legends Golf Course at the Gleneagles Country Club.

TOURNAMENT BASICS
Name: Spring Break Championship
Course: Gleneagles Country Club – Legends Golf Course (par 72, 6,750 yards)
Field: 17 teams (Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, March 20)
Connecticut
DePaul
Eastern Michigan
Florida Atlantic
Florida Gulf Coast
Marquette
Marshall
Miami (OH)
Michigan State
Minnesota
Murray State
Nebraska
Northern Illinois
Northwestern (38)
Ohio State (24)
South Florida
Wisconsin

Schedule:
Friday, March 24 – 18 holes (11:30 a.m. tee times)
Saturday, March 25 – 18 holes (11:30 a.m. tee times)
Sunday, March 26 – 18 holes (8 a.m. tee times)

KEEPING AN EYE ON THINGS
Live scoring for the tournament will be available at www.golfstat.com.  A link to the tournament will also be available at the men’s golf schedule page on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The Buckeyes are also on Twitter at twitter.com/OhioState_MGOLF.

THE STARTERS
Student-athletes representing Ohio State are seniors Bo Hoag, Brad Smith and Michael Cress, junior Dan Charen and sophomore Jamie Sindelar. Competing individually is senior Tanner Murphy, junior Alex Redfield and sophomore Matt Turner.

SCOUTING THE FIELD
Ohio State is looking to have a solid weekend as the Buckeyes are the best-ranked team in the field, standing at No. 24 according to the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Big Ten rival Northwestern is the only other team in the field ranked in the Top 50 as the Wildcats are the 38th-ranked squad in the country.

The Buckeyes have already faced and placed better than Florida Atlantic, Marquette, Marshall, Miami, Minnesota and Northwestern.

GRASPING THE GREENS
The 18-hole Legends course at the Gleneagles Country Club facility features 6,750 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 72.6 and it has a slope rating of 137 on Bermuda grass.  Designed by Karl Litten, the Legends golf course opened in 1985. 

WARM AND SUNNY
The forecast for Delray Beach, Fla., this week calls for plenty of sun and highs in the mid 80s.  The www.weather.com/golf index is “very good” for the entire weekend.  A north breeze ranging from 8-10mph is expected on Friday, and a SSW breeze from 10-12mph is expected Saturday and Sunday.

BUCKEYES ADD TWO
Donnie Darr, head coach of the 22nd-ranked Ohio State men’s golf team, announced the signing of two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Wednesday. The Buckeyes welcome Ohio natives Bruce (Boo) Timko and Grant Weaver for the 2011-12 season.

Timko is from Girard, Ohio, and attends Canfield High School after two years at Warren JFK High School. He has been named team MVP, all-league and all-district all four seasons and captained the teams the last three years. Timko also earned all-state honors as a junior and senior after leading Canfield to back-to-back All American Conference titles and qualifying for the state tournament all four seasons.

Recognized as the Youngstown Vindicator’s Golf Performer of the Year the last three years, Timko set the Steel Valley all-time record for nine-hole average at 34.0 in conference matches. He also fired two nine-hole course records with a 32 at Copeland Hills and Kensington Golf Clubs. His four-year nine-hole scoring average was 36.4, with an 18-hole scoring average of 73.6.

Weaver is from Wooster, Ohio, and attends Waynedale High School. The 2010 Northern Ohio PGA player of the year, he was a four-year starter and helped Waynedale to Wayne County Athletic League championships each season. He was a two-time state runner-up and district medalist with an 18-hole stroke average of 70.8 his senior year.

Weaver earned four Daily Record Player of the Year honors, WCAL MVP awards and all-Ohio laurels and was a four-time state qualifier. Away from high school action, he posted three top-5 finishes on the AJGA and placed in the top 10 at the U.S. Kids Golf World Championships and Calloway Jr. World. Weaver also was the 2010 PGA Junior Series champion at Penn State and the 2010 Good Park Junior Tournament champion.

FALL BALL
The first half of the Buckeyes’ schedule started off with a bang and provided some career highlights for a handful of golfers. Seniors Bo Hoag and Brad Smith were the only two to start in all five tournaments for Ohio State, and the pair each chipped in four rounds in the 60s. As a team, Ohio State posted 15 rounds in the 60s in five tournaments combined as compared to just 11 during the entire 2009-10 campaign.

The best individual performance of the fall came from sophomore Jamie Sindelar. In the opening tournament of the year, the Marshall Invitational, Sindelar led the Scarlet and Gray with a career-best second-place tie to go along with a career-low three-round total of 11-under 220. Not surprisingly, the Marshall Invitational was also the strongest team performance as Ohio State came away with a first-place finish and team score of 32-under par (273-274-273 – 820). The victory was the first under second-year head coach Donnie Darr and the two rounds of 273 were the lowest for Ohio State since the 2004-05 season.

The Buckeyes also posted a runner-up finish at the Windon Memorial Classic Sept. 26-27 with a team score of 3-over 855. The Buckeyes finished just one stroke behind Big Ten foe Michigan for the title, but defeated Northwestern, Minnesota and Penn State in the process.

AIM LOW
With five tournaments completed during the 2010 fall campaign, Ohio State has already eclipsed the number of rounds in the 60s from the 2009-10 season. Last year, the Buckeyes carded a total of 11 rounds in the 60s in 10 stroke-play tournaments. This fall, the Scarlet and Gray posted 15 rounds in the 60s to go along with a tournament title at the Marshall Invitational and a runner-up finish at the Windon Memorial Classic.

UP NEXT
The Buckeyes will take a couple weeks off before traveling to Urbana, Ill., for the Illinois Spring Classic April 16-17.