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Feb. 11, 2007

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s golf team finished in 11th place at the Gator Invitational Sunday in a field that included five Top 25 teams. The Buckeyes shot rounds of 283-300-299 (882) over the two-day, 54-hole event at the University Golf Course (par 70, 6,701) in Gainesville, Fla. The 882 stroke total was the best scoring performance of the season for the team.

The tournament’s host and No. 1 ranked University of Florida won the event with a score of 850 (280-289-281). The Gators finished with an 11-stroke victory over runner-up Florida State. Manuel Villegas of Florida won medalist honors by six strokes after firing off rounds of 67-68-69 for a score of 6-under 204.

Ohio State senior Colin Biles (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) led the Buckeyes with a three-round total of 219 (69-76-74) and tied for 31st place.

Senior David Vallina (Burgettstown, Pa./Burgettstown), freshman Patrick Simard (Marbella, Spain/I.E.S. Ortega & Gasset) and senior Jack Tyler (Novi, Mich./George Washington) all finished with individual season best tournament total scores. Vallina finished tied for 37th place (71-75-74=200) while Simard finished tied for 53rd place with a 225 total (70-81-74). Tyler tied for 45th place with a three-round total of 222 (73-72-77).

Sophomore Dan Rush (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) shot 80-77-78 (235) and tied for 69th place.

The Buckeyes return to action Feb. 19 at the Rio Pinar Intercollegiate in Orlando, Fla.

Gator Invitational (Feb. 10-11)
Par 70 6,701-yard University Golf Course

Team

Pl. School Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Total
1. Florida 280 289 281 850
2. Florida State 284 287 290 861
3. Wake Forest 280 288 294 862
4. Coastal Carolina 290 284 290 864
5. Georgia Southern 287 284 295 866
6. UAB 287 289 293 869
T7. Tulsa 290 294 287 871
T7. Georgia State 292 286 293 871
9. North Florida 293 292 287 872
10. Kentucky 295 293 293 881
11. Ohio State 283 300 299 882
12. LSU 296 295 293 884
13. UCF 297 297 293 887
14. Purdue 299 303 304 906

Individuals

Pl. Name, School Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Total
1. Manuel Villegas, Florida 67 68 69 204
2. Bryan Jones, Georgia Southern 71 68 71 210
3. Webb Simpson, Wake Forest 70 70 71 211
T4. Tyler Brown, Florida 69 71 72 212
T4. Matthew Savage, FSU 72 75 65 212
T4. Will Strickler, Florida 68 72 72 212

Ohio State Individuals

Pl. Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Total
T31. Colin Biles 69 76 74 219
T37. David Vallina 71 75 74 220
T45. Jack Tyler 73 72 77 222
T53. Patrick Simard 70 81 74 225
T69. Dan Rush 80 77 78 235