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Oct. 7, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s golf team will host a challenging field of opponents at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational Oct. 10-11. The 54-hole tournament, in its second year, will be held at the prestigious Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio; a course that was personally designed by the Buckeye legend himself.

The teams will tee off at 9 a.m. Monday on the par 72, 7,352-yard course in a shotgun start, playing the first and second rounds. The final round will begin at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday with tee times off Nos. 1 and 10.

Live scoring for the 2011 Jack Nicklaus Invitational will be available on www.golfstat.com with daily summaries following each round at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com. Updates during the tournament will be posted on www.twitter.com/OhioState_MGOLF.

TOURNAMENT BASICS
Name: 2011 Jack Nicklaus Invitational
Course: Muirfield Village Golf Club
Field (12 teams):
Ohio State
Oklahoma State (5)
Texas (11)
Texas Tech
Texas Christian
Kent State (18)
Purdue
Illinois (21)
Arkansas (3)
LSU
UCLA
North Carolina

Schedule:
Monday, Oct. 10 – 36 holes
Tuesday, Oct. 11 – 18 holes 

THE BUCKEYE LINEUP
Representing the Buckeyes at Muirfield are a pair of seniors in Dan Charen and Alex Redfield along with redshirt freshman Logan Jones and freshmen Boo Timko and Grant Weaver. Charen, Redfield and Timko have competed in all three tournaments so far this season, while Weaver and Jones each have two tournaments under their belt. 

THE COMPETITION
The Buckeyes have faced a number of strong opponents thus far in their fall campaign, and that trend will continue next week when four Top 20 teams arrive at Muirfield Village. Ohio State has already faced three of the those teams, No. 5 Oklahoma State, No. 11 Texas and No. 18 Kent State, as well as No. 21 Illinois this season. 

Arkansas, Illinois, Kent State, LSU, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Texas and Ohio State all return to the Jack Nicklaus Invitational after last year’s competition, which was held at Scioto County Club in Columbus. Oklahoma State claimed the team title, finishing six strokes ahead of runner-up Illinois.

THE GOLDEN BEAR
Ohio State will host its second Jack Nicklaus Invitational at Muirfield Village Golf Club, a setting very close to the Buckeye legend. Born in Columbus, Nicklaus attended The Ohio State University from 1957-61 and received an honorary doctorate from the university in 1972.

Nicklaus is one of the greatest golfers ever to play the game, tallying 73 official victories on the PGA Tour and 118 total victories across the globe during his 43-year career (1962-2005). With 18 major-championship titles under his belt, Nicklaus has earned dozens of accolades including “Individual Male Athlete of the Century” by Sports Illustrated and the first-ever ESPY Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. In 2005, the Golden Bear was honored by President George W. Bush with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a civilian.

In addition to his wildly successful career as a master of the links, Nicklaus is also an accomplished golf course architect. His course architecture company, Nicklaus Design, has had a hand in designing nearly 350 courses across the world, including Muirfield Village and the redesign of Ohio State’s Scarlet Course, and many have appeared in national top-100 course lists throughout the years.

Nicklaus has left his mark on the game of golf as a player, architect and philanthropist and will forever be considered one of the best to play the game of golf. He currently lives in Palm Beach, Fla. with his wife, Barbara. They are parents to five and grandparents to 21. 

MUIRFIELD VILLAGE
Consistently ranked as one the top courses in the United States as well as the world, Muirfield Village is home to the PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament each year. 

The first event, a Columbus Pro-Am, was played at Muirfield Village on Aug. 11, 1975. A year later the first Memorial Tournament was held, which was won by Roger Maltbie – Nicklaus recorded his first win the following year. Progressing into one of the premier events in golf, the Memorial Tournament has become a staple of the Columbus area.

The course has also served host to a variety of other events including the 1986 U.S. Junior Amateur, the 1987 Ryder Cup Matches, the U.S.G.A’s 1992 United States Amateur Championship, the 1995 Wendy’s Three-Tour Challenge and the 1998 Solheim Cup.

LAST TIME OUT
The Scarlet and Gray returns to action after a tough day of play at the Inverness Intercollegiate on Sept. 27. Originally scheduled to include three rounds over two days, the tournament was cut to a single round due to heavy rain. 

Ohio State finished the competition in 11th-place after recording a 21-over 305 at the par-71, 7, 255 Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. Senior Alex Redfield led the Buckeyes, concluding the round tied for 17th after shooting a 3-over 74 on the day. Freshman Grant Weaver also had a Top 25 finish; competing as an individual he carded a 4-over 75 to tie for 25th overall.

WEATHER REPORT
Despite the often unpredictability of Ohio weather, the projections, according to weather.com, appear to be beautiful for next week. With temperatures in the mid-70s and partly sunny skies both Monday and Tuesday, there couldn’t be a better outlook for the Jack Nicklaus Invitational. 

WELCOME TO THE TEAM
Ohio natives, Bruce (Boo) Timko and Grant Weaver will be making their debut for the Scarlet and Gray this season.

Timko is from Girard, Ohio, and attended Canfield High School after two years at Warren JFK High School. He was named team MVP, all-league and all-district all four seasons and served as team captain the past 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.

He is the son of Bruce and Denise Timko; his father is a member of the Youngstown State Athletics Hall of Fame after playing basketball for the Penguins. His cousin, John Simon, also is a defensive lineman on the Ohio State football team.

Weaver is from Wooster, Ohio, and attended 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.

The son of Ron and Joanna Weaver, Grant was involved with the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes in high school. A member of the youth group at Fairlawn Mennonite Church, he has taken week-long mission trips the last three years around the U.S. to work with homeless and inner-city children.  

UP NEXT
The Buckeyes will wrap up fall play after traveling to Windermere, Fla. Oct. 23-25 for the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational.