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Ohio State tied for fourth after 36 holes at NCAA Central Regional

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Ohio State men’s golf team concluded round of the NCAA Central Regional Saturday morning with a score of 1-over 289 to move up to a tie for fourth. After 36 holes, the Buckeyes are tied with Louisville and N.C. State with a total of 589 (+11) on the par 72, 7,372-yard Club at Olde Stone.

The second round concluded at 11:45 a.m. (CT) and the third round immediately followed. Play was suspended at 12:51 p.m. when another storm came through the Bowling Green, Ky., area. It was the fifth time play has been suspended during the three-day, 54-hole event, including an hour and 45 minute-long delay to the start of play this morning. The Saturday afternoon delay was limited to 34 minutes and action resumed at 1:25 p.m.

In the second round, sophomore Michael Cress and senior Vaughn Snyder each posted a 1-under 71 to lead the team. Cress, from Dublin, Ohio, was 2-under on his first nine holes with an eagle on No. 18. He had a good start after making the turn, but bogeyed two of his last three holes, and is tied for 28th at 148 (+4).

Snyder, a tri-captain from Massillon, Ohio, closed out the round with two birdies and is two strokes ahead of Cress in a tie for 14th.

Maintaining his spot at the top of the Buckeye lineup is sophomore Bo Hoag. The Upper Arlington, Ohio, native shot a 73 for even-par 144 and a seat in seventh place. He is in the hunt for his sixth Top 10 finish in the last seven tournaments.

Sophomore Brad Smith bounced back from a rough opening round of 87, shaving 13 strokes off his second round with a 74. He moved up to a tie for 67th. Junior Brad Wright is tied for 59th after a second-round score of 80.

The Top 5 teams from each of the six regional will advance to the 2009 NCAA Championship, May 27-30 in Toledo. Live scoring for the third round of the Central Regional is available on www.golfstat.com.