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Hoag, Wright lead team in a tie for ninth at 2-over; four Buckeyes in Top 20

COLUMBUS, Ohio After 36 holes in the2009 Big Ten Championships Friday, the Ohio State men’s golf team finds itself in first place by one stroke over Illinois. The Buckeyes shot 11-over 579 on the par 71, 7,202-yard Penn State Blue Course in State College, Pa.

The Top 5 teams are only separated by three strokes. Along with second-place Illinois at 12-over, Minnesota and Indiana are tied for third at 13-over and Iowa is a stroke back in fifth. Eric Chun of Northwestern is atop the individual standings at 4-under.
 
Ohio natives Brad Wright, a junior from Cambridge, and Bo Hoag, a sophomore from Upper Arlington, lead the Buckeyes in a tie for ninth at 2-over 144. They both carded two rounds of 72.

Wright had five birdies in his two rounds. Hoag, who is vying for his fifth Top 10 finish in six events, ended his morning round with back-to-back bogeys, but came out in the afternoon with two birdies in his first four holes.
 
Vaughn Snyder is tied for 15th at 4-over 146. The senior from Massillon, Ohio, had an up-and-down day, but settled with scores of 72 and 74. 
 
Junior Patrick Simard shot 75-72 and is tied for 20th. The Marbella, Spain native was consistent with 23 pars and closed out his last 13 holes of the day bogey-free with two birdies.
 
Rounding out the Buckeyes is Michael Cress. The sophomore from Dublin, Ohio, shot rounds of 73 and 77, tying him for 35th. 
 
The third round of the Big Ten championships begins Saturday morning at 9 a.m. The Buckeyes will tee off between 9:50-10:30 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. OhioState  289-290579(+11) 2. Illinois  292-288580(+12) T-3. Minnesota  287-294581(+13) T-3. Indiana  286-295581 (+13) 5.Iowa  290-292582 (+14) T-6. Northwestern 290-296586 (+18) T-6. Penn State 290-296586 (+18) T-8. Michigan 285-302587 (+19) T-8. Wisconsin 295-292587 (+19) 10. Michigan State 293-296589 (+21) 11. Purdue  293-297590(+22)    Ohio StateResults  Scores T-9.Brad Wright  72-72144 (+2) T-9. Bo Hoag  72-72144 (+2) T-15. Vaughn Snyder 72-74146 (+4) T-20. Patrick Simard 75-72147 (+5) T-35. Michael Cress 73-77150 (+8)