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Buckeyes battle blustery conditions during third round Saturday
 
EAST LANSING, Mich. The Ohio State men’s golf team dropped to eighth place Saturday at the 2008 Big Ten Championships, shooting a team score of 313 in cold, blustery conditions for a three-round total of 904 (+40) on the par 72, 7,013-yard Forest Akers Golf Club’s West Course in East Lansing, Mich. The Buckeyes trail Wisconsin in seventh place by one stroke and are eight strokes back from Michigan in sixth. Tournament host Michigan State moved into the lead after 54 holes at 8-over 872 for an 11-stroke lead over second-place Illinois.

Three Buckeyes, Kyle Coconis, Vaughn Snyder and Bo Hoag, are tied for 20th at 10-over 226 heading into the final round Sunday. Ohio natives Coconis, from Zanesville, and Hoag, from Upper Arlington, both shot a third round of 5-over 77. Hoag had three birdies on par 5s to move into second in par 5 scoring at 6-under. Snyder, a native of Massillon, Ohio, entered the day tied for fifth, but was not able to find his rhythm in the third round and carded an 83.

The lowest round for the Buckeyes was turned in by Brad Smith with a score of 4-over 76. The freshman from Peru, Ind., is tied for 30th with a 54-hole total of 229. Senior Zach Sebert, of Grove City, Ohio, is 55th at 242 after a score of 84 in round three.

The Big Ten championships conclude Sunday with a final 18 holes. Teams tee off at 9 a.m. and live scoring is available on www.golfstat.com.

2008 Big Ten Championships: Day Two
Forest Akers Golf Club’s West Course, East Lansing, Mich.
Par 72, 7,013 yards

 Team Standings Scores 1. Michigan State 291-295-286872 (+8) 2. Illinois 293-288-302883 (+19) 3. Minnesota 293-301-290884 (+20) 4. Indiana 297-295-293885 (+21) 5. Northwestern 293-291-309893 (+29) 6. Michigan 296-302-298896 (+32) 7. Wisconsin 296-305-302903 (+39) 8. OhioState  293-298-313904(+40) 9. Purdue  303-295-311909(+45) 10. Iowa  304-305-301910 (+46) 11.Penn State  299-313-317929 (+65)   Ohio State Results Scores T-20. Bo Hoag 75-74-77226 (+10) T-20. Kyle Coconis 74-75-77226 (+10) T-20. Vaughn Snyder 68-75-83226 (+10) T-30. Brad Smith 79-74-76229 (+13) 55. Zach Sebert 76-82-84242 (+26)