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Feb. 20, 2007

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COLUMBUS, Ohio– The Ohio State men’s golf team finished in ninth place at the Rio Pinar Intercollegiate Tuesday. The Buckeyes shot rounds of 299-293-291 (883) over the two-day, 54-hole event at the Rio Pinar Country Club (par 72, 6,978) in Orlando, Fla. This marks the first tournament of the season that the Buckeyes shot all rounds under 300.

Chattanooga won the event with a score of 862 (284-291-287). The Mocs finished with a one-stroke victory over No. 17 Tulsa after starting the final round trailing by three strokes. Brett Myers of Tulsa won medalist honors after firing off rounds of 68-68-72 for a score of 8-under 208.

Ohio State freshman Patrick Simard (Marbella, Spain/I.E.S. Ortega & Gasset) led the Buckeyes and had his best collegiate finish as he tied for seventh place and shot a tournament total 217 (73-74-70). The 1-over score for Simard was the best by a Buckeye this season. Simard also tied for fourth in total birdies (12). Senior Colin Biles (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) finished in the Top 25 (T17) for the fifth time out of six tournaments played. He shot rounds of 76-73-71=220.

Senior Jack Tyler (Novi, Mich./George Washington) tied for 48th place (74-75-75=224) and was tied for sixth in par-5 scoring (-4). Senior David Vallina (Burgettstown, Pa./Burgettstown) tied for 63rd place after rounds of 76-76-75 (227).

Junior Zach Sebert (Grove City, Ohio/Otterbein College) shot an individual season best tournament total of 228 (77-71-80) and tied for 69th place.

The Buckeyes return to action March 17-18 at the E-Z Go Chris Schenkel Invitational in Statesboro, Ga.

Rio Pinar Intercollegiate (Feb. 19-20)
Par 72 6,978-yard Rio Pinar Country Club

Pl. School Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Total
1. UT-Chattanooga 284 291 287 862
2. Tulsa 288 284 291 863
3. Mississippi 291 288 293 872
4. Louisville 289 294 293 876
5. UT-Arlington 295 296 288 879
6. Southern Miss 294 291 295 880
7. South Alabama 297 294 290 881
8. Wichita State 302 290 290 882
9. Ohio State 299 293 291 883
10. South Florida 292 292 302 886
T11. Mississippi State 299 293 295 887
T11. UNC Wilmington 298 298 291 887
13. Furman 293 296 305 894
14. Missouri 296 302 297 895
T15. Memphis 304 305 297 906
T15. Mercer 302 301 303 906
17. Georgia Southern 304 303 302 909
18. Kansas State 309 305 303 917

Individuals

Pl. Name, School Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Total
1. Brett Myers (Tulsa) 68 68 72 208
2. Bryce Ledford (UT-Chattanooga) 69 72 70 211
3. Jonathan Hodge (UT-Chattanooga) 73 68 72 213

Ohio State Individuals

Pl. Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Total
T7. Patrick Simard 73 74 70 217
T17. Colin Biles 76 73 71 220
T48. Jack Tyler 74 75 75 224
T63. David Vallina 76 76 75 227
T69. Zach Sebert 77 71 80 228