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Feb. 27, 2003

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The Ohio State men’s golf team will return to action March 3-4 to compete in the 26th annual Southwestern Invitational in Westlake Village, Calif. The par-72, 6,881-yard North Ranch Country Club will play host to the event.

Teams competing in the tournament along with Ohio State will be: Arizona State, BYU, California, Fresno State, Houston, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine, San Diego State University, Stanford, Tennessee, New Mexico UCLA, UC-Santa Barbara, USC and Washington.

USC, the defending Pac-10 champion, won the tournament last year firing a score of 864 to finish three stokes ahead of Oregon and Washington.

The Buckeyes begin the tournament by playing 36 holes Monday. A 7:30 a.m. shotgun start will kick things off Monday.

LAST TIME OUT
The Ohio State men’s golf team finished fifth at the Matlock Classic firing a three-round total of 12-over-par, 876, edging Florida Southern by one stroke. The event was held at the par-72, 7,065-yard Grasslands Golf and Country Club in Lakeland, Fla.

The Buckeyes fifth-place finish marks the third time this season Ohio State has finished in the Top 5 in tournament play. Last fall, the Buckeyes tied for fifth at the Northern Intercollegiate and fourth at the Gary Koch Invitational

Scott Anderson (So., Great Falls, Mont./Great Falls) continued his solid play at the Matlock. He posted a final tournament score of 2-under-par, 214, which tied him for seventh. Anderson’s seventh-place finish marked the highest finish of his collegiate career.

Zach Doran (Jr., Dublin, Ohio/Columbus Academy) and Kevin Hall (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Rita) also turned in strong performances for the Buckeyes during the final round. Hall’s final-round score of even par tied him for 22nd for a three-round total of 4-over-par, 220. Doran’s final round score of 2-over-par, 74, gave him for a three-round total of 5-over-par, 221, tying him for 26th.

Geoffrey Harris of Old Dominion led all individuals with a three-round total of 7-under-par, 209. Tulsa won the team title with a score of 2-over-par, 866.

LEADING THE BUCKEYES
Competing for the Ohio State at the Southwestern Invitational will be Scott Anderson, Zach Doran, Kevin Hall, Darren Lundgren and David Vallina.

ANDERSON POSTS CAREER HIGHS
Consistently the longest Buckeye golfer of the tee, sophomore Scott Anderson utilized his driving skills to post tournament bests at the Matlock Classic.

While at the Matlock, Anderson finished the tournament tied for seventh and posted a score of 2-under-par and led the Buckeyes to their best finish of the 2003 season.

THE FALL SEASON
The Ohio State men’s golf team competed in four tournaments last fall. During 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 11 rounds under par.

Heading into the spring season, head coach Jim Brown is pleased with the strides his young team has made during the winter 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.”

Brown on the Southwestern Invitational
Following a promising performance at the Matlock Classic men’s head golf coach Jim Brown will look for continued improvement at the Southwest Invitational.

“This tournament will certainly serve as a good indicator on where we stand,” Brown said. “It’s a tough field and it certainly will give some of our younger guys some great experience.”

Scouting the Field
The 2003 Southwestern Invitational features a competitive field with teams ranging throughout the southwestern part of the country.

Five different teams that comprise the 17 team field are ranked in the Golfweek and Golf Digest polls.

Of the six teams ranked, UCLA appears to be the strongest of the six. The Bruins enter the tournament fresh off their second tournament victory of the season at the Taylor Made Big Island Classic.

About the Southwestern Invite
Serving as one of the premier tournaments in collegiate golf, the Southwestern Invitational has played host to some of the biggest names in golf, including Fred Couples, Corey Pavin, John Daly, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods

Southwestern Invite Goes Live
This year’s Southwestern Invitational will feature live scoring at www.golfstat.com

Noting the Buckeyes …
Scott Anderson … posted his career-best finish at the Matlock Classic where he finished tied for seventh … fired a career low at the Matlock Classic of two-under-par, 214 … qualified for the Sooner Invitational and shot an opening round of 72, which was three strokes shy then his lowest score from last year … in 2001-02, Anderson competed in three rounds, compiling an average score of 74.7 per round.

Dave Bieterman … competed in his first tournament (the Northern Invite) since the spring of 2001 … Bieterman decided to redshirt his sophomore year at OSU to give himself an extra year of eligibility with the Buckeyes … while at the Northern Intercollegiate, Bieterman shot a three-round total of 4-over par … his career totals include 15 rounds of total play for an average of 76.1 strokes per round and low round of 70 as a freshman at Wright State in 2000-01 … his best finish came at the Drury Intercollegiate (9/11-12/00) where he was fifth.

Justin Collins … by far the most experienced golfer on the team … plans to redshirt this season …through 36 rounds of play in 2001-02, Collins averaged 73.6 strokes per round … his best finish came at the Aztec Invitational where he tied for second, leading the Buckeyes to a first-place finish.

Zach Doran … took co-championship honors at the Koch Invitational where he tied for first place … shot career low round of 64 during the first round of the Koch Invitational … opened the 2002-03 season with a 10-under 206 and a tie for second overall at the Sooner Invitational (9/16-17) … he tied a course record with a 65 in the final round Sept. 17 … that effort was a career-low at Ohio State … he has shot under par in four of six rounds last fall … has qualified for the last six tournaments, including the final three of 2002 … started his career at Florida Southern before transferring to Ohio State for the 2001-02 season.

Kevin Hall … continued his solid play at the Koch Invitational where placed tied for 28th … Hall began the 2002-03 season at the Northern Intercollegiate firing a three round score of 1-over par 214 … played in 15 rounds as a sophomore and hopes to have a break-out season for the Buckeyes … during his 15 rounds of play last year, Hall averaged 75.7 strokes per round … his low round came at the Aztec Invitational where fired a 68 during the second round of play.

Darren Lundgren … qualified for his third-consecutive tournament during the fall season at the Koch Invitational where he placed tied for 42nd … qualified for the Sooner Invitational and placed 16th, shooting a three-round total of 3-under par … his low round of the tournament came during the second round where he shot a career low of 68 … his round of 68 is a 12-stroke improvement from his low round from last season.

Zack Randol … competed in his second tournament of the year at the Northern Intercollegiate … Randol finished with a three-round score of 1-under par 216 … his low round came during the final round of competition where he shot a 1 under par score of 70.

Peter Riddell … opened the 2002-03 season at the Sooner Invitational … was as the only OSU freshman to qualify for the Sooner Invitational … his low round at the tournament were a pair of 77’s … played as an individual at the Northern Invitational.

David Vallina … qualified for his tournament of the season at the Koch Invitational … placed tied for 51st … Vallina was the only freshman to qualify for the Koch Invitational and just the second freshman to qualify during the fall season.

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 named District 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.