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Jan. 26, 2001

%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio–The Ohio State men’s golf team will begin tournament play in 2001 at the Ping Arizona Intercollegiate, Jan. 29-30 at the Raven Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz. The Buckeyes will play a practice round Jan. 28. The first official round will begin at 8 a.m. Jan. 29 with the second round set to begin at 1p.m. Round 3 will carry over to Jan. 30 at 8 a.m.%^$

Teams competing in the tournament are Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, California, Long Beach State, UT El Paso, UC Irvine, New Mexico State, Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine, Brigham Young, University of Southern California, Stanford, Tulsa, UCLA and Washington.%^$

%^$ Up next %^$

The Buckeyes next compete in the 2001 SunTrust Gator Invitational hosted by the University of Florida at Gainesville, Fla . The tournament will take place Feb. 12-13 at the University of Florida Golf Course (par 70, 6,300 yards). The teams competing are Alabama, Alabama-Birmingham, Augusta State, Central Florida, College of Charleston, North Florida, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Kentucky, Louisiana State, Mississippi, North Florida, Purdue, Vanderbilt and Ohio State.%^$

%^$Top Five%^$

Head coach Jim Brown will be taking to the Ping Arizona Intercollegiate the top 5 golfers from the Iron Duke Classic, the last tournament played before the break in the season from Oct.-Jan., but will look for changes in the competing five throughout the season.%^$

“Nothing is set in stone,” Brown said. “I am going to strive to get the best five out there every tournament.”%^$ Mike Austin (Sr., Burton, Mich./Flint Powers Catholic), Justin Collins (So., Ironton, Ohio/Ironton), Chris Emanuel (Sr., Ottumwa, Iowa/Ottumwa), Jason Oien (Jr., Westerville, Ohio/Westerville) and David Wagenseller (Jr., Wilmington, Ohio/Wilmington) will be the competitors in the upcoming Ping Arizona Intercollegiate tournamet.%^$

%^$Last Time Out%^$

The Buckeyes played last in the Iron Duke Golf Classic at Durham, N.C. Oct. 15-16 to wrap up the fall 2000 season.The tournament included competition from 18 teams. Ohio State finished 17th, scoring 305-312-306=923.%^$ Leading the Buckeyes was Mike Austin who tied for 29th place, scoring 78-71-75=224. Chris Emanuel, Jason Oien, Justin Collins and Brian Williams also competed for the Buckeyes.%^$ Duke also will play host to the NCAA Championship May 30-June 2, 2001.%^$

%^$The Schedule%^$

The Buckeyes 2001 schedule will take the team all over the country and to warm climates. This season the Buckeyes will compete in the Western Intercollegiate in Santa Cruz, Calif., April 2-3 for the first time since the Buckeyes took the title in 1997.%^$

“I like to make sure that each team gets to go to some exciting places before they graduate,” Brown said. “I keep that in mind when I am scheduling so they have memorable experiences while playing on the team.”%^$ The Buckeyes also will be playing host to the Kepler Intercollegiate at the Scarlet course April 14-15.%^$

%^$Head Coach Jim Brown%^$

Head coach Jim Brown is in his 28th season with the Buckeyes. He has had a longer OSU coaching career than any other coach on the staff right now.%^$ Under Brown, OSU has won 16 Big Ten titles and placed second in the conference eight times. Last season OSU won the First Energy Intercollegiate Invitational giving Brown 151 tournament wins in his career. Brown led the Buckeyes to a National Championship win in 1979.Golf in January%^$ The Buckeyes may not have been competing in tournaments over the winter months of Nov.-Jan. but the team was lifting weights three times a week, running and hitting balls every day in preparation for the 2001 season.%^$ The unusually warm winter days last week gave the Buckeyes a chance to play.%^$ “Anytime we get a chance to play golf in the winter it is definitely a bonus,” Brown said.