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Sophomore Bo Hoag tied for sixth, junior Brad Wright in 11th

COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s golf team is in second place and down seven strokes Saturday heading into the final round of the Big Ten Championships. The Buckeyes shot an 8-over 292 in the third round for a team total of 871 (+19) on the par 71, 7,202-yard Penn State Blue Course in State College, Pa.

Ohio State trails Illinois, who shot even par this afternoon and are 12-over for the tournament. The Buckeyes are a stroke ahead of third-place Iowa. Northwestern, Purdue and Minnesota are all tied for fourth place at 21-over.

Sophomore Bo Hoag put himself in fine position for another Top 10 finish after shooting an even par round of 71. The Upper Arlington, Ohio, is tied for sixth at 2-over after 54 holes. He had a relatively smooth round with had three birdies and three bogeys. Hoag trails tournament leader Eric Chun of Northwestern by six strokes.

Brad Wright shot a 73 in his third round and stands along in 11th place. The junior from Cambridge, Ohio, is 4-over for the tournament. Fellow junior Patrick Simard is tied for 24th at 9-over 222 after shooting a 75.

Michael Cress and Vaughn Snyder round out the Buckeyes with the pair tied for 28th at 10-over 223. The sophomore from Dublin, Ohio, had two birdies and an eagle in his round of 73. Snyder shot a 77, stumbling on three holes with two double-bogeys and a triple-bogey. The senior from Massillon, Ohio, was 1-under on the other 15 holes.

The final round of the Big Ten championships begins Sunday morning at 8 a.m. Live scoring is available on www.golfstat.com.

2009 Big Ten Championships
Penn State Blue Course, State College, Pa.
Par 71, 7,202 yards

Team Standings  Scores
1. Illinois   292-288-284864 (+12)
2. Ohio State    289-290-292871 (+19)
3. Iowa     290-292-290872 (+20)
T-4. Northwestern  290-296-287873 (+21)
T-4. Purdue   293-297-283873 (+21)
T-4. Minnesota    287-294-292873 (+21)
7. Indiana   286-295-294875 (+23)
8. Wisconsin   295-292-290887 (+25)
9. Penn State   290-296-296882 (+30)
10. Michigan   285-302-299886 (+34)
11. Michigan State  293-296-312901 (+49)

Ohio State Results Scores
T-6. Bo Hoag    72-72-71215 (+2)
11. Brad Wright   72-72-73217 (+4)
T-24. Patrick Simard 75-72-75222 (+9)
T-28. Michael Cress 73-77-73223 (+10)
T-28. Vaughn Snyder 72-74-77223 (+10)