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Feb. 12, 2003

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COLUMBUS, Ohio– The Ohio State men’s golf team will take part in their second tournament of the spring season at the Matlock Classic Monday, Feb. 17-18 at the par-72, 7,050-yard Grassland Country Club.

Teams competing in the Matlock Classic along with Ohio State will be Virginia Tech, West Florida, Old Dominion, Valdosta State, Virginia Commonwealth, Florida Southern, Miami (OH) Saint Leo, Mississippi State, Richmond, UNC-Wilmington, Georgia College, Campbell, Rollins College, Missouri, Tulsa and Colorado.

LAST TIME OUT
The Ohio State men’s golf team (35-32-1) concluded play at the Gator Invitational, which was held at the par-70, 6,701-yard University of Florida Golf Course. The Buckeyes finished 13th with a three-round total of 914.

Top finisher Zach Doran, (Jr., Dublin, Ohio/Columbus Academy) led the Buckeyes by firing a team-best 13-over par, 223, tying him for 22nd place.

Oliver Wilson of Augusta State took first with a three-round total of even par, 210. Augusta State also won the team title with a score of 869.

LEADING THE BUCKEYES
Competing for the Buckeyes at the Matlock Classic will be Scott Anderson, Zach Doran, Kevin Hall, Darren Lundgren and Zack Randol.

THE FALL SEASON
The Ohio State men’s golf team competed in four tournaments throughout the fall season. The Buckeyes posted two Top-5 finishes at the Northern Invitational and the Gary Koch Invitational.

Top individuals for the Buckeyes were juniors Zach Doran and Kevin Hall. Doran and Hall finished the fall season by shooting a combined total of eleven rounds under par.

Heading into the spring season, men’s head golf coach Jim Brown is pleased with the strides his young team has made during the break and hopes for a successful spring season.

“I think the team got a lot of good experience in the fall,” Brown said. “I think we worked hard over the break, we hit a lot of balls and we look forward to getting some grass underneath the ball.”

MEET COACH BROWN
Now in his 30th year as the Buckeyes’ head coach, Jim Brown has built Ohio State golf into one of the finest and most respected collegiate programs in the nation.

When the Buckeyes won the national title in 1979, it marked the first time in nearly two decades a northern school claimed the championship. Brown proved the 1979 season was no fluke as the program finished fourth in the NCAA’s in 1980, 1983, 1987 and again in 1997.

Brown earned National Coach-of-the-Year honors in both 1979 and 1986, and was namedDistrict IV Coach of the Year in consecutive seasons from 1977 through 1980 and again from 1982 through 1987. He also coached the NCAA All-Star Team that competed in Japan in 1979 and the 1999 Palmer Cup team that defeated a team of top collegiate players from Great Britain and Ireland.

His greatest personal achievement, however, came in 1989, when he was elected to the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame. Two years later, he was inducted into The Ohio State University Athletic Hall of Fame. Brown also was inducted into the Martins Ferry High School Hall of Fame in 1972 and the Ohio High School Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1994.

The winningest coach in OSU golf history, Brown has tutored one NCAA individual champ (Clark Burroughs – 1985), 11 Big Ten medalists, 86 All-Big Ten selections, 11 first team All-Americans and 39 other All-America honorees during his stay on the Columbus campus.

A native of Martins Ferry, Ohio, Brown is a 1966 Ohio State graduate. He played both basketball and golf for the Buckeyes, earning three letters in each sport.

Introducing Josh Hellmann
Josh Hellmann will begin his first season with the Ohio State men’s golf team as an assistant coach. His resume includes three years of collegiate golf at the University of Minnesota and at the University of Louisville. Hellmann is best known for his work with the American Junior Golf Association where he has worked since 1999. In 2000 he was named tournament director and has been responsible for conducting six tournaments annually for the American Junior Golf Association.

UP NEXT
The Ohio State men’s golf team will return to action at the Southwestern Intercollegiate Mar. 3-4 in Los Angeles, Calif.