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COLUMBUS, Ohio Vaughn Snyder, a senior tri-captain on the Ohio State men’s golf team, held an online chat on OhioStateBuckeyes.com to answer fans’ questions Wednesday.

Snyder, from Massillon, Ohio, has won two tournaments this season and ranks second on the team in scoring with a 72.86 average. During the fall season,  he led the Buckeyes to a victory at the Memphis Intercollegiate, while he took medalist honors with a score of 6-under 138. A month later he won at the Turtle Bay Resort Intercollegiate at 11-under par.

For the season, Snyder has shot in the 60’s five times, including a career-low 66 at two weeks ago at the FAU Spring Break Championship and two 67’s in Hawaii. To open the spring season, he was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Big Ten Match Play Championship after compiling a 3-0-0 record. Through the April 3 Golfstat.com rankings, Snyder led the nation in putts on greens in regulation with 1.687 and his total short game ranks third at 70.5. He is tied for 19th in par 3 scoring at 3.07.

Snyder was named Ohio Golfer of the Year for 2008 by Ohio’s Golf Magazine and the Ohio Golf Group. Along with his two collegiate victories this fall, Snyder won the Ohio Amateur and finished second in the Summit Country Amateur last summer. In July, he won the 102nd Ohio Amateur and was the only player in the field to finish under par. He overcame a five-shot deficit in the final round to capture the title.

OhioStateBuckeyes.com::  

Okay, Vaughn is here and will begin answering your questions.

Dickinson: Columbus:  

What’s it going to take for the team to do well in the Big Ten Championships and to make it through the Regionals to the big dance?

Vaughn::  

For us to win a Big Ten title, we are simply just going to have to work a little bit harder the golf course, trying to eliminate bogeys. As a team, we make plenty of birdies to win any tournament we play; we simply just need to eliminate what I would call stupid or bad bogeys!

Yeaman: West Chester:  

You mention playing or teaching golf after college in your bio, what is your preference and why? Do you have an art to what you do with golf?

Vaughn::  

I would definitely love to play the tour after college. I don’t really want to play for that long though…maybe until I’m 30 or so. Hopefully, if things fall in line, I will have made enough money to be in good shape for the rest of my life and be able to come back and get into coaching. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the coaching I have received and feel it’s my duty to give back.

Dan: Hilliard, Ohio:  

If you had to be a minimalist and only take one club on the road with you, what would you take?

Vaughn::  

It would definitely be the putter. That is by far the most important club in the bag. Can you name the last dominant player who was not the best putter?

Laura: Columbus:  

When it comes to attire, what rules you have to follow when representing Ohio State on the course?

Vaughn::  

We wear Nike apparel for all collegiate events.

Kyle:Toldeo:  

After a bad round, what do you do between outings to refocus your head?

Vaughn::  

I generally just like to get away from the game and do something fun, really get my mind away from the fact that I didn’t play well. The bottom line is that a bad round is going to happen in golf, you are going to have some awesome rounds and you are going to have some terrible rounds. You just have to realize what an opportunity it is to be playing the game at a high level and take it all in.

Bucky: Youngstown, Ohio:  

With Coach Brown retiring after this season, do you have a favorite Coach Brown story you’ll always remember him by?

Vaughn::  

I have only been here a little over a year so I wouldn’t say that I have a specific story, but overall just seeing how he is with the guys and how he handles himself around people in the community I would say is something I can take a lot from and try and emulate later in life.

Dave: Columbus:  

Golf is such an individual sport. What’s it like playing with teammates and do you play any differently than when you are completing in an event by yourself?

Vaughn::  

There is no difference for me, personally. I always try to win the golf tournament. I figure if I win, it is going to help the team so why do anything different.

mary:powell:  

What do you think is the strongest part of your game? Any area you’re working on?

Vaughn::  

Definitely working with my putter. It’s been a little shaky lately but I had a nice talk with it over the weekend, we worked everything out and are ready to get some more wins!

Jason: Columbus:  

How did you end up at Ohio State? It looks like you transferred in half way through the season last year.

Vaughn::  

Well, I realized that I wasn’t fitting in with the Akron program so I got my release, made a call down here and everything worked out the way it has. I couldn’t be happier with the end result.

Madison: Lewis Center, Ohio:  

It seems like there is always bad weather for the Kepler. What’s the forecast this week?

Vaughn::  

It’s supposed to be around 50 and sunny which will be nice, comparatively speaking.

Devin: Westerville, Ohio:  

What is your all-time favorite course to play on? Why?

Vaughn::  

Well, we just played the Bears Club down in Jupiter, Fla. I thought that place was pretty amazing and a treat to play.

Allisen:UA:  

What is your favorite thing about the sport of golf?

Vaughn::  

Just how competitive the sport is. You’re out there playing against so many other people at so many different times. It really shows the importance of essentially one play that much more important.

Matt: Worthington:  

Have you met any of the guys who used to play at OSU and are now playing on the PGA?

Vaughn::  

Some of the guys met our alumni at the alumni match but I was in Georgia so I didn’t get to meet them. We have talked to Joey Sindelar a few times and tried to pick his brain. We also had dinner at Jack Nicklaus’ house during spring break which was awesome.

Hank: Columbus:  

What’s the best round you’ve ever had?

Vaughn::  

Best round I have ever played would be the final round of the Ohio Am this year. Under the circumstances and the way I played the back nine, it was about as good as it gets for me. I only shot 71 and have had a lot of rounds with a way better score, but the way that one played out made it the most rewarding for me.

Vaughn::  

Thank you everyone for your questions. Hopefully we will see all of you out at the Scarlet Course this weekend for the Kepler Intercollegiate…..GO BUCKS!