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April 19, 2005

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Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s golf team returns to Columbus, Ohio, April 23-24 to compete in the 2005 Kepler Intercollegiate. The event, which will be entering its 36th year of existence, will be played at the par 72, 7,251-yard Ohio State University Scarlet Course.

The two-day event will tee off with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start Saturday as teams will compete in 36 holes during day one competition. The tournament concludes with 18 holes with play beginning off tees No. 1 and No. 2 at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

Tournament Information
Complete tournament results will be available on the internet at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com at the end of each day.

The Lineup
-Scott Anderson
-Colin Biles
-Zack Randol
-Michael Haverfield
-Jamie Miller

Ohio State in Search of 24th Kepler Title
Since its first year in 1969 the Kepler Intercollegiate has been dominated by Ohio State with the Buckeyes winning 23 team titles. This weekend Ohio State will be in search of its 24th team title and second in the last three years. The last time the Buckeyes captured the team title was in 2003 as they posted a three-round total of 893.

A Glance at The Kepler
The Kepler tournament was first played in 1969 and is named for the late Robert Kepler, who served as Ohio State’s golf coach from 1938 until 1965.

Since its inception, the Kepler has been won by just six schools – Ohio State, Indiana, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), UNLV and Xavier. The Buckeyes have won the title 23 times, including six straight between 1974 and ’79 and nine consecutive between 1981 and ’89.

The Kepler is played on the Ohio State Scarlet Course. The 7,250-yard, par 72 course hosted the 1995 NCAA Championships as well as the 1997 NCAA Women’s Championships and the 2002 NCAA Championships. In 2004 the Scarlet Course once again play host to another major collegiate tournament as Ohio State welcomed the Big Ten Women’s tournament. In 2006 Ohio State will host the NCAA women’s championships.

Consistent Buckeyes
Senior Scott Anderson and sophomore Colin Biles have proven to be the most consistent players for the squad this season as both have cracked the Top 5 in the lineup in every tournament this season.

Last Time Out
The Ohio State men’s golf team finished 12th at the 2005 Aggie Invitational this past Sunday. The Buckeyes ended the tournament with a final round score of 307 for a three-round total of 906. Texas A&M hosted the event at the par 72, 7,146-yard Traditions Golf Club in Blake, Texas.

Colin Biles was the top Buckeye individual as he carded a tournament total of 225. Biles finished the tournament with a final round of 77.

Recapping The 2004 Kepler Intercollegiate
The Ohio State men’s golf team concluded play at the 35th annual Robert Kepler Intercollegiate tied for third with a three-round total of 895. The Buckeyes’ third-place finish in the event was the squad’s sixth Top 5 finish this season. The event was held at the par 72, 7,151-yard Ohio State University Scarlet Golf Course.

Leading the way for Ohio State was senior Zach Doran, as he finished sixth. Doran chipped in from the fringe on the 18th hole to cap a final round of 73 and finish with a three-round total of 895.

Biles Named Big Ten Golfer of The Week
Ohio State sophomore golfer Colin Biles was named Big Ten Golfer of the Week April 14 for the first time in his career. Biles received the accolade following his performance at the 2005 Marshall Invitational April 8-9 in Huntington, W. Va.

During the event, Biles paced the Buckeyes to their best finish of the 2004-05 season as he tied for seventh with a three-round total of 210, posting rounds of 70, 69 and 71, respectively.

Buckeyes Post Season-Best Finish at Marshall Invitational
The Buckeyes posted their second-best three round total carding rounds of 276, 286 and 287 respectively en route to its best finish of year at the 2005 Marshall Invitational. The Buckeyes lowest three-round total of the season came during the 2004 Barona Intercollegiate in San Diego, Calif., where the squad finished fifth.

Biles Fires Career-Best 65 at Schenkel Inviational
After posting back-to-back rounds in the 70’s at the 2005 Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational, sophomore Colin Biles rebounded to post a career-best 65 in the final round. Biles finished the tournament tied for 12th.

Buckeyes Compete in Alumni Match
Following the first tournament of the 2005 season in Florida where the Buckeyes competed in the Gator Invitational, Ohio State made a return visit to the Sunshine State as they competed against former Buckeyes Ted Tryba, Gary Nicklaus, Doug Wade, Peter Hammar, Steve Anderson, and Nick Malinowski in an Alumni match play tournament. Current Ohio State golfers Scott Anderson, Colin Biles, Micheal Haverfield, Jared Jones, Jamie Miller and Nate Strong also competed in the event.

The current Buckeyes defeated the OSU alumni 5-4. The match play event was held in Jupiter, Fla., at the 6,950-yard Bear’s Club.

Noting The 2004 Fall Season

The Buckeyes’ top finish of the fall campaign came at theBarona Cup where the squad finished fifth out of 14 teams with atotal score of 845. The three-round total of 845 at the Barona Cupmarked the lowest total of the fall season. The Buckeyes opened theseason with at the SMU Invitational where the first two rounds ofthe tournament were cancelled because of rain. Eight Buckeyes sawaction during the fall with Scott Anderson, Colin Biles and ZachRandol tying for the team lead in rounds played with 10 apiece. TheBuckeyes averaged 293.5 strokes per round as a team. SophomoreJamie Miller made his Ohio State debut at the Landfall Traditionwhere he posted a three-round total of 224.

Ohio State Inks Top Recruit
Jim Brown, Ohio State men’s golf head coach, announced the signing of St. Ignatius High School senior Dan Rush. Rush, who will come to Columbus from Avon Lake, Ohio is the first addition of 2005-06 freshman class that will attend Ohio State in the fall.

Rush comes to Ohio State after an impressive senior season at St. Ignatius where he finished eighth at the 2004 Ohio High School Athletics Association State Golf Tournament en route to All-Ohio and All-District honors. In addition to his Top 10 finish at the state tournament, Rush set numerous school records in scoring average, rounds under par and medalist honors. Rush also was a member of two St. Ignatius state championship teams in 2001 and 2002.

Along with his accolades at the high school level, Rush also excelled while competing in the American Junior Golf Association where he was a Rolex All-American after posting a victory at the 2004 AJGA Memorial Junior Tournament at the Ohio State University Scarlet Course. In the last two years, Rush has posted medalist honors in six national tournaments over the past two years.

“We are very excited Dan has decided to become a Buckeye,” Brown said. “Dan is a wonderful student with a great talent for the game of golf. Above all else, he is an outstanding person who comes from a tremendous family. We look for him to make a dynamic impact on our program over the next four years.”

Noting The Buckeyes
Scott Anderson- notched his best performance of the spring portion of the season as he carded a total 211 to tie for ninth with teammate Zack Randol at the 2005 Marshall Invitational … tied for eighth with a three-round total of 215 at the 2005 St. Croix Collegiate Classic … opened the spring portion of the 2005 season at the Gator Invitational where he carded a total of 218 to tie for 17th … posted his best finish of the fall season at the Landfall Tradition as he tied for seventh with three-round total of 211 … at the Barona Collegiate Cup, he a carded a total of 208 to tie for ninth-place … paced the Buckeyes as he tied for 14th at the 2004 Gary Koch Intercollegiate with a three-round total of 220 … opened the 2004-05 season at the 2004 SMU Invitational tying for 14th with an 18-hole total of 72.

Zack Randol- Fired a three-round total of 211 at the 2005 Marshall Invitational to tie for ninth with teammate Scott Anderson … carded a 209 and finished 14th at the 2004 Barona Collegiate Cup … tied for 62nd at the 2004 Gary Koch Intercollegiate with a three-round total of 231 … opened the season and competed for the first time since the 2002-03 season at the 2004 SMU Invitational … during the event, he posted an 18-hole score of 74.

Jared Jones- Opened with a first-round 80 at the 2004 Gary Koch Intercollegiate, but withdrew from the final two rounds of the tournament … opened the season at the 2004 SMU Invitational with an 18-hole total of 74.

Nate Strong- Tied for 48th at the 2004 Gary Koch Intercollegiate with a three-round total of 228.

Jamie Miller- Saw his first career action as a Buckeye at the Landfall Tradition tying for 39th with a three-round total of 224.

Colin Biles- Tied for seventh at the 2005 Marshall Invitational with a tournament tally of 210 … notched a career-low 65 in the final round of the Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational to tie for 12th … posted his top finish of the spring season as he tied for fifth by carding a three-round total of 214 at the 2005 St. Croix Collegiate Classic … concluded the fall season on a high note at the Landfall Tradition as he finished with a three round of 210 to tie for fourth … posted his best round of the fall season at the 2004 Barona Collegiate Cup where he posted a 210 tying him for 15th … tied for 59th at the 2004 Gary Koch Intercollegiate as he posted a three-round total of 232 … opened the season at the 2004 SMU Invitational and posted an 18-hole total of 79.

Peter Riddell- Opened the 2004-05 season at the 2004 Barona Collegiate Cup tying for 47th (218).

Micheal Haverfield- Posted a career-high finish at the 2005 St. Croix Collegiate Classic as he tied for 20th with a three-round total 219 … saw his first action as a Buckeye at the 2005 Gator Invitational where he carded a three-round total of 228 to tie for 58th.

David Vallina- Saw his first action of the season at the 2004 Barona Collegiate Cup where he posted a total of 224.

Up Next
The Ohio State men’s golf team returns to action April 30-May 1 as it competes in the 2005 Fossum Invitational in East Lansing, Mich.