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Oct. 22, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After a strong performance at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational last week, the Ohio State men’s golf team will look to conclude a challenging fall campaign at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational Oct. 23-25. The tournament, co-hosted by the University of Central Florida and Texas Tech University, will consist of one of the strongest fields of competition in the country, and take place at the difficult par 72, 7,544 yard Isleworth Golf & Country Club in Windermere, Fla.

The Buckeyes are set to tee off at 8 a.m. Monday for the first round of play. The second and third rounds, also with an 8 a.m. scheduled start, will continue over the following two days.

Live scoring for the 2011 Isleworth Collegiate Invitational will be available on www.golfstat.com, with daily summaries following each round at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com. Also, make sure to follow the Buckeyes on Twitter at www.twitter.com/OhioState_MGOLF

TOURNAMENT BASICS
Name: Isleworth Collegiate Invitational
Course: Isleworth Golf & Country Club
Field (15 teams): (Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings)
Alabama (6)
Augusta State
California (21)
Central Florida
Florida
Indiana
LSU (10)
North Florida (18)
Ohio State
Oklahoma State (14)
Stanford (3)
Texas (1)
TCU
Texas Tech
Vanderbilt

Schedule: Tee times will begin all three days at 8 a.m.
Sunday –  18 holes
Monday – 18 holes
Tuesday – 18 holes 

THE BUCKEYE LINEUP
Representing the Buckeyes at Isleworth are seniors Alex Redfield and Dan Charen, junior Jamie Sindelar and freshmen Boo Timko and Grant Weaver. Redfield, Charen and Timko have competed in all four tournaments up to this point, while Weaver has participated in three and Sindelar in two. 

THE COMPETITION
Ohio State enters the invitational no stranger to tough competition as the Buckeyes have already faced six of the current Top 10 teams according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings. The Scarlet and Gray have competed against all the teams traveling to Isleworth at least once during the season, with the exception of North Florida, Central Florida and Vanderbilt.

This year the tournament will feature three returning Isleworth champions, including Alabama (2010), Oklahoma State (2009) and Texas (2006). 

LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes are coming off an impressive runner-up finish at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational, which took place Oct. 10-11. Ohio State, who hosted the event, placed better than four Top 25 teams, concluding three rounds of action at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio with an 878 total.

Senior Alex Redfield and freshman Boo Timko continued their successful fall campaign by placing tied for ninth and 12th, respectively. Redfield posted a 2-over 218 after three rounds, while Timko followed closely with a 3-over 219 performance. 

A LOOK AT ISLEWORTH
Considered one of the longest and toughest courses in the state of Florida, Isleworth is a handful for even the best competitors in the NCAA. Originally designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, the course, which features a slope of 142 and a rating of 77.5, was later redesigned and enhanced by Steve Smyers.

The invitational was established in 2004 to give collegiate competitors a feel of what it is like to compete on the PGA Tour. Ohio State traveled to Florida for the Isleworth for the first time last season, finishing in eighth-place. 

WEATHER REPORT
The projected weather forecast looks to be beautiful for each day of the upcoming competition. With highs in the upper 70s to low 80s and little to no chance of precipitation, the outlook could not be brighter for the Buckeyes’ trip to sunny Florida.  

WELCOME TO THE TEAM
Ohio natives, Bruce (Boo) Timko and Grant Weaver will be making their debut for the Scarlet and Gray this season.

Timko is from Girard, Ohio, and attended Canfield High School after two years at Warren JFK High School. He was named team MVP, all-league and all-district all four seasons and served as team captain the past three years. Timko also earned all-state honors as a junior and senior after leading Canfield to back-to-back All American Conference titles and qualifying for the state tournament all four seasons.

He is the son of Bruce and Denise Timko; his father is a member of the Youngstown State Athletics Hall of Fame after playing basketball for the Penguins. His cousin, John Simon, also is a defensive lineman on the Ohio State football team.

Weaver is from Wooster, Ohio, and attended Waynedale High School. The 2010 Northern Ohio PGA player of the year, he was a four-year starter and helped Waynedale to Wayne County Athletic League championships each season. He was a two-time state runner-up and district medalist with an 18-hole stroke average of 70.8 his senior year.

The son of Ron and Joanna Weaver, Grant was involved with the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes in high school. A member of the youth group at Fairlawn Mennonite Church, he has taken week-long mission trips the last three years around the U.S. to work with homeless and inner-city children. 

UP NEXT
With the conclusion of the Isleworth Collegiate Inviational, Ohio State wraps up competition until February. The Buckeyes will return to action Feb. 10-11 with the Big Ten Match Play Championships, location to be announced.