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April 3, 2002

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%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio -Ohio State has won half of the 32 Marshall Invitational tournaments held since 1968. The Buckeyes won the 2001 title with a tournament record score of 839. Ohio State’s Mike Austin also tied an event record, shooting 208 to claim medalist honors.%^$

%^$Jim Brown, Ohio State head coach, led the Buckeyes to 11 Marshall Invitational titles in 14 years from 1983-1996. The Buckeyes win six-consecutive events from 1983-1988 and five of six titles from 1991-1996. Ohio State has finished as the runner-up in the event six times.%^$

%^$Individually, 11 different Ohio State players have won the individual title a total of 12 times. Paul Davis is the only two-time winner for Ohio State (1974-75). Five different Buckeyes claimed medalist honors from 1983-1987.%^$

%^$About the 2002 Marshall Invitational
1%^$A total of 20 teams, including six Big Ten squads, will compete at the Marshall Invitational this year. The event will be held Friday and Saturday with two rounds contested Friday and the final 18 holes Saturday. The Guyan Golf & Country Club, in Huntington, W.Va., will serve as host for the tournament. The par 72 course measures 6,446 yards.%^$

%^$Probable Starters
%^$Ohio State will send a veteran lineup to Huntington, W.Va., with seniors Jason Oien, Scott Miller, Doug Wade, and Ryan Dennis joining junior Justin Collins.%^$

%^$Buckeyes Hanging On in the Coaches Poll
%^$The Ohio State men’s golf team fell to 24th in the latest released Precept College Coaches’ Poll (March 21). Ohio State is rated No. 40 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Men’s Golf Poll.%^$

%^$Captains Selected
%^$Following a team vote Oct. 11, 2001 Ryan Dennis , Jason Oien and Justin Collins were selected captains for the 2001-02 Buckeyes.%^$

%^$Last Time Out
%^$The Ohio State men’s golf team finished eighth following the final round at the Furman Intercollegiate in Greenville, S.C. (3/22-25). The Buckeyes’ top finisher was sophomore Zach Doran (Dublin, Ohio/Fla. Southern) who fired a final round 68 (-4) to finish tied for fifth while competing as an individual. Doug Wade shot 224 (+8) to tie for 33rd place to lead the Buckeyes in the team competition.%^$

%^$Ohio State Welcomes NCAA Tournament for 10th Time at Scarlet Course
%^$The 2002 NCAA Men’s Golf Tournament will be played at The OSU Scarlet Course May 27-June 1, 2001 in Columbus, Ohio. It marks the 10th time the NCAA championship will be determined on Ohio State’s historic Scarlet Course and the first time since 1995.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes missed qualifying for the 2001 NCAA Tournament by one stroke but expect to make a push in 2002 to play on their home course in NCAA tournament play.%^$

%^$Brown Has Veteran Squad Returning
%^$Ohio State returns four student-athletes who played the majority of the 2000-01 schedule for Jim Brown, Buckeye head coach.%^$

%^$Brown, in his 29th season as the men’s golf coach at Ohio State, has led the Buckeyes to 22 NCAA Tournament appearances. His teams have won 16 Big Ten titles and have finished among the Top 2 in the Big Ten Conference 24 times.%^$

%^$Leading the Buckeyes this year are a trio of seniors. Jason Oien, Ryan Dennis and Doug Wade are the most experienced Buckeyes in 2001-02. Junior Justin Collins has played in all but one tournament for the Buckeyes. Sophomore Kevin Hall came out of a redshirt season last year to help the Buckeyes to a pair of tournament wins.%^$

%^$Newcomers Could Become Factor
%^$Freshman newcomers Darren Lundgren (Baldwin, Mo.) and Matt Boudreau (St. Ann, Ill.) each are expected to push the veterans for a spot among the Top 5 as the season progresses.%^$

%^$Lundgren was an American Junior Golf Association All-American and played for the USA World Junior Golf Cup Team which defeated Canada at St. Andrew’s golf course in Scotland.%^$

%^$Boudreau, who played in his first tournament as a Buckeye at the Gary Koch Invitational (Oct. 15-16), was the Illinois Junior National Champion in 2000, the same year he led his high school team to the Illinois State championship.%^$