Oct. 8, 2004
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Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s golf returns to action at the 2004 Gary Koch Invitational in Tampa, Fla.
The University of Florida will play host to the 54-hole event at the par 72, 7,028-yard Old Memorial Golf Club .
The two-day event begins Monday Oct. 11 with first round tee times beginning at 7:50 a.m. Second round tee times begin at about 12:30 p.m. Final round competition begins Tuesday Oct. 12 at 8 a.m with tee times beginning at 8 a.m.
A Return to the Koch Invitational
The Ohio State men’s golf team returns to the Gary Koch Invitational for the first time since 2002. The last time the Buckeyes competed in the event, the squad placed fourth, while totaling a two-round score of 571.
The tournament was called midway through the third round because of threatening weather.
Former Buckeye Zach Doran shot a final round score of 71 to finish the tournament at (-9). Doran completed the tournament tied for first place overall with Vanderbilt golfer Brandt Snedeker.
The University of Florida, who played host to the event, won the tournament with a combined score of 564.
Rain Limits Play to 18 holes
The Ohio State men’s golf team concluded play at the 2004 SMU Stonebridge Invitational and finished 10th with an 18-hole score of 296.
The event was cut short because of rain, that canceled rounds one and two in the Buckeyes first tournament of the 2004-05 season. The event was held at the par 72, 7,247-yard Stonebridge Country Club, Dye Course in McKinney, Texas.
Leading the way for Ohio State was senior Scott Anderson, as he tied for 14th. During the 18-hole event, Anderson posted a score of even-par, 72.
UT-Arlington’s Jeff Murray captured medalist honors as he defeated McNeese State’s David Callaway in the second hole of a playoff. UT-Arlington also captured the team title with an 18-hole score of 286.
2004-05 Season Outlook
Coming off a first-place finish at the 2004 Big Ten Championships where the Ohio State men’s golf team posted a three-round record performance of 842, the Buckeyes appeared to be well on their way to competing in the NCAA championships for the 31st time in program history and the first time since the 1997-98 season. However, things did not go they way Ohio State planned as the Buckeyes finished 14th with a three-round total of 918. Although the Buckeyes narrowly missed qualifying for the NCAA championships for the second-consecutive season Ohio State enters the 2004-05 season with an attitude of defending its Big Ten title from a year ago and qualifying for the NCAA championships.
This season, the Buckeyes return eight players from a year ago, among them, the eight returnees boast combined statistics of 77 rounds 5,508 strokes with a scoring average of 71.5. Leading the way for the Buckeyes this season will be Scott Anderson, who will serve as team captain, four years after he came to Ohio State as a walk-on.
Anderson enters his senior season with the most experience than any other Ohio State golfer and hopes to lead the team to back-to-back titles. During the 2003-04 season, Anderson, competed in 33 rounds and posted 2,446 strokes with a scoring average of 74.1 and three Top 10 finishes.
“Scott Anderson really came along last season and the NCAA regional championships he was our best player no doubt about it,” Jim Brown, Ohio State men’s golf coach said.
The Buckeyes also return sophomore Colin Biles, who a year ago posted an impressive rookie campaign as he recorded a scoring average of 74.1 in 26 rounds of play. During those 26 rounds, Biles finished in the Top 15 three times en route to Ohio State freshman of the year honors.
“Colin came along really well for us and he came down with Mono at the Big Ten tournament and he had to take 8 or 10 days off and I think that hurt his game a little bit toward the end of the season,” Brown said. “Colin is a quality player and I expect big things from him this season. Between Scott and Colin they are guys that need to lead us this season because they are the ones who have experience.”
Along with Anderson and Biles, Ohio State returns a trio of individuals, in Jared Jones, Ryan Hurley and Nate Strong, all of whom saw time during the 2003-04 season.
Zach Randol also could push for a Top 5 spot as he returns from a wrist injury, which caused him to miss most of the 2003-04 season. Two years ago, Randol competed in 22 rounds compiling a scoring average of 74.4.
The Ohio State men’s golf team welcomes two freshman to the squad in Michael Haverfield and Kevin Grabeman
Grabeman enters the 2004 season after an impressive 2003 campaign that saw him post first-place finishes at the Kiawah Island Championship and the Optimist District Qualifier. Grabeman also posted a strong performance at the 2003 Harbor Town Championships, where he finished fourth and at the 2003 Kroger Championships, where he finished 15th. At Springboro High School, Grabeman earned all-state, all-area and team MVP honors during his senior year.
Haverfield also enters his freshman season with an impressive resume. In two years while competing in the American Junior Golf Association, Haverfield posted nine Top 20 performances, including a first-place finish at the 2002 McDonald’s All-American Tournament in 2002. Haverfield also posted strong performances at the 2002 Junior Classic at The Pines, where he tied for second and at the 2002 Kroger Junior Invitational, where he tied for ninth. Haverfield’s St. Xavier High School, twice finished as state champions.
“They are both good kids and they wanted to come to Ohio State,” Brown said. “They were both selected as All-Americans on their respective tours and they have a lot of experience, which is something that you are starting to see in a lot of high school players these days. The thing I know about all two of the freshman we have coming in is that they all want to be good golfers and they want to play golf, which is always a positive sign.”
The Ohio State men’s golf team returns to many of the same locations it visited during the 2003-04 season, including a return visit to the St. Croix Classic, however the team will not return to the Matlock Classic, a tournament in which the Buckeyes have competed in over the past two seasons.
Another change to this year’s schedule includes a visit to the Gary Koch Invitational. The Buckeyes competed at the event during the 2002-03 season and finished fourth.
“The Koch Invitational has a very strong field and outside of the Schenkel it will probably be one of the toughest tournaments that we will play in all season,” Brown said. “Our schedule is very competitive and will let the team know where we stand after the fall season,” Brown said. “We are playing in tournaments with great teams and as always seek great competition for our team. It allows us to travel to different parts of the United States, which is what we try to do each year.”
Things to Keep an Eye on During the 2004-05 Season
A repeat performance- Last season the Ohio State men’s golf team captured its first Big Ten title since the 1996-97 season. This season the Buckeyes will be gunning for back-to-back titles in Madison, Wis., which will play host to the 2005 Big Ten Championships this season.
Staying In Contention- Over the past two seasons, the Ohio State men’s golf team has been a model of consistency by finishing in the Top 5, 13 times. Last season, the Buckeyes finished in the Top 5 seven times including two first-place finishes, this season the Buckeyes will look to continue that trend.
The lineup- This season Ohio State returns only two individuals from the Buckeyes Big Ten championship team from a year ago, setting up the possibility of the squads Top 5 changing from week-to-week.
“We have always had good teams when we have good competition among the team and have guys that will step up,” Brown said. “We just said to everybody that they had to get better. We gave each player things that we thought they needed to improve on and we will find out at the beginning of the season who put forth the effort.”
2003-04 Season in Review
The Ohio State men’s golf team finished the 2003-04 season with a record of 113-62-2 and captured two tournament titles.
Buckeyes Give Brown a Trim After Another Big Ten Title
Jim Brown, Ohio State head men’s golf coach, told his players during a practice round leading up to the 2004 Big Ten Tournament he would allow the squad to shave his head if the Buckeyes brought back a Big Ten title to Columbus.
The team responded by winning first Big Ten championship crown since 1997 and their 23rd overall title May 9-11 at the 2004 Big Ten Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich.
During the event, the Buckeyes held off second-place Illinois by five strokes for a three-round total of 842. The event was hosted by the University of Michigan and was held at the par 71, 6,704-yard University of Michigan Golf Course in Ann Arbor.
True to his word, members of the Buckeye men’s golf team gave Brown a trim prior to regional competition.
Buckeyes Set Three Round Big Ten Record
The Buckeyes posted a three-round total of 842 at the 2004 Big Ten Championships, which ranked as the lowest three-round total in tournament history, surpassing the mark of 845 set in 2003 by the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Meet Coach Brown
Now in his 32nd year as the Buckeyes’ head coach, Jim Brown has built the Ohio State golf into one of the finest and most respected collegiate programs in the nation.
The numbers are impressive. Under Brown’s guidance, the Buckeyes have qualified for the NCAA tournament 30 times, 11 times finishing in the Top 10, while claiming one national championship in 1979.
Ohio State also has dominated Big Ten play, winning 23 conference titles. The Buckeyes claimed their 23rd title in 2004 with a five stroke victory over Illinois. Ohio State also claimed the team title at the 2004 Marshall Invitational to give Brown 162 tournament wins during his tenure at the helm.
When the Buckeyes won the national title in 1979, it marked the first time in nearly two decades a northern school claimed the championship. Brown proved the 1979 season was no fluke as the program finished fourth in the NCAA’s in 1980, 1983, 1987, and again in 1997.
Brown earned National Coach-of-the-Year honors in both 1979 and 1986, and was named District IV Coach of the Year in consecutive seasons from 1977 through 1980 and again from 1982 through 1987. Most recently, Brown was named 2004 Big Ten Coach of the Year for the third time in his career. Prior to his 2004 Big Ten honor, Brown captured back-to-back coach of the honors in 1995 and 1996. He also coached the NCAA All-Star Team that competed in Japan in 1979 and the 1999 Palmer Cup team that defeated a team of top collegiate players from Great Britain and Ireland.
Golf hasn’t been the only thing on Coach Brown’s mind during his tenure at OSU. Brown takes great pride in the fact that his golfers are student-athletes in the truest sense of the word. In fact, only three athletes who have exhausted their eligibility have not received degrees, during Brown’s 31-year tenure.
His greatest personal achievement, however, came in 1989, when he was elected to the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame. Two years later, he was inducted into The Ohio State University Athletic Hall of Fame. Brown also was inducted into the Martins Ferry High School Hall of Fame in 1972 and the Ohio High School Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1994.
Brown has long been a leader in college golf, serving as president of the National Golf Coaches Association from 1990 to 1992. He served on the NCAA’s Executive Golf Committee from 1990-96. In addition, the Ohio State mentor has been a member of both the All-American Selection Committee and the NCAA District IV Selection Board.
The winningest coach in OSU golf history, Brown has tutored one NCAA individual champ (Clark Burroughs – 1985), 18 Big Ten medalists, 88 All-Big Ten selections, 11 first team All-Americans and 63 other All-America honorees during his stay on the Columbus campus.
A native of Martins Ferry, Ohio, Brown is a 1966 Ohio State graduate. He played both basketball and golf for the Buckeyes, earning three letters in each sport. Captain of the OSU golf squad as a senior, Brown began his coaching career in 1967 at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., and in 1969 moved to Kent State.
Brown, who served as the head golf coach and assistant basketball coach at Kent State, left there in 1973 to become the ninth golf coach in Ohio State history. Jim and his wife Tina have been married for eight years and together the couple have five children. Tina has three children, a son David Lankard, who is an OSU graduate and two daughters, Cheryl Turnbull and Anne Marie Moore, both of whom are gradated from Miami (OH). Brown has two children Julie, who is an OSU graduate, and Jeff, a former member of the Ohio State golf team and an OSU graduate.
The Ohio State men’s golf team returns to action Monday Oct. 25-26 as they compete in the 2004 Barona Invitational in San Diego, Calif.