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Sophomore Patrick Simard tied for third after firing 1-under 71

COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s golf team opened the three-day Furman Intercollegiate Friday  with a team score of 6-over 294 to sit in fifth place after 18 holes of action in Greenville, S.C. The Buckeyes are only one shot out of third and four strokes from second place in the 24-team field. Tennessee-Chattanooga leads the event, played at the par 72, 6,825-yard Furman University Golf Course, after shooting the only round under par of the day at 278 (-1).

Sophomore Patrick Simard paced the Buckeyes with a 1-under 71. Simard, a native of Marbella, Spain, had four birdies, with three coming on par 5’s, and three bogeys. He is tied for third, just two shots back from leader Justin Hodge of Tennessee-Chattanooga. His four birdies are good for ninth-most in the field.

One stroke back was senior co-captain Kyle Coconis, who battled through a rocky round, but ended up finishing at even with a 72 to tie for 11th. Starting on the back nine, the Zanesville, Ohio, native had five bogeys on the day, including a stretch of four straight on Nos. 13-16. Coconis countered with nine pars, three birdies and an eagle on the par-5 second hole. He is even par on the par 4’s to place fourth in that category.

Bo Hoag, a freshman from Upper Arlington, Ohio, shot a 74 to tie for 31st. He shot a 37 on both nines, carding a birdie on a par 5 on each side. 

Reigning Big Ten Player of the Week Brad Smith is in a tie for 71st after 18 holes. The rookie from Peru, Ind., shot a 77, but dominated the par 5’s for the second-consecutive week, playing them at 3-under-par and carding an eagle at the par-5 second hole.

Senior co-captain Zach Sebert shot a 79, but managed to get 4 birdies, which ranks ninth for the tournament. The Grove City, Ohio native’s struggles came in the form of three double-bogeys and one triple-bogey. Sebert was 2-under on the other 14 holes.

As a team, Ohio State ranks in the Top 5 in three statistical categories and in the Top 8 in three others. The Buckeyes are fourth in par 5 scoring (-10) and fifth in birdies (14) and eagles (2). Ohio State has 49 pars thru 18 holes to rank seventh. They are eighth in par 3 scoring and par 4 scoring at 6-over and 7-over, respectively.

The Furman Intercollegiate will continue Saturday with round two. Ohio State tees off at 9 a.m. (ET). Live scoring for the event is available on www.golfstat.com.

Furman Intercollegiate: Day One
Furman University Golf Course, Greenville, S.C.
Par 72, 6,825 yards

 Team Standings  Scores 1. Tenn.-Chattanooga 287 (-1) 2. South Carolina  290 (+2) 3. Clemson   292(+4) 4. Vanderbilt   293(+5) 5. Ohio State  294(+6) 6. Western Carolina   295(+7) 7. Samford   296 (+8) T-8.Furman  297 (+9) T-8. Francis Marion 297 (+9) 10. S.C.-Aiken  298(+10) 11. Virginia Tech  299 (+11) 12.East Carolina  300 (+12) 13. Davidson  303 (+15) 14. North Florida  305(+17) 15. UNC-Wilmington  306(+18) T-16. Charleston Southern  307(+19) T-16. Presbyterian   307(+19) T-16. Elon  307 (+19) 19. Winthrop 309 (+21) T-20. Rhode Island  312(+24) T-20. Appalachian State  312(+24) T-22. Wofford  313 (+25) T-22. OldDominion  313 (+25) 24. Marshall  320(+32)    Ohio StateResults  Scores T-3.Patrick Simard  71 (-1) T-11. Kyle Coconis 72 (E) T-31. Bo Hoag  74(+2) T-71. Brad Smith  77 (+5) T-91.Zach Sebert  79 (+7)