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May 4, 2005

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Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s golf team returns to action May 6-7, as it travels to Madison, Wis., to compete in the 2005 Big Ten Championships. The Buckeyes will look to repeat as conference champions and win their 24th Big Ten title. The University of Wisconsin will play host to the event at the par 72 University Ridge Golf Course (6,888 yards).

The two-day event will tee off with an 8 a.m. Saturday as teams compete in 36 holes. The tournament concludes at 8 a.m. Sunday with 18 holes.

Tournament Information
Complete tournament results will be available on the internet at www.uwbadgers.com and www.bigten.org at the end of each day. Live scoring can be obtained by visiting www.golfstat.com.

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

Buckeyes Look in Search of Back-to-Back Titles
The Buckeyes enter the 2005 Big Ten Championships in the hopes of defending their 2004 title. Last season, Ohio State posted the lowest three-round total in Big Ten history to capture its 23rd conference crown.

Brown in Search of 18th Big Ten Crown
Since his first season with Ohio State in 1973, Jim Brown, Ohio State men’s golf coach, has directed the Buckeyes to 17 of the Buckeyes’ 23 Big Ten tournament titles.

Last Time Out
The Ohio State men’s golf team finished with a score of 892 to place eighth at the Bruce Fossum-Taylor Made Invitational in East Lansing, Mich. The Buckeyes recorded a round of 302 on the final day. The event was held at the par 72 Forest Akers West Golf Course (7,013 yards).

Ohio State sophomore Jamie Miller tied for 11th place on the individual leaderboard, finishing with a score of 219. Teammate Colin Biles tied for 24th with a mark of 222.

Ohio State and The Big Ten Championships
Throughout the history of the Big Ten men’s golf tournament, no other team in the conference has been more successful than Ohio State. Since round play began in 1921, the Buckeyes have captured a conference record 23 titles, including a record six-consecutive titles from 1982-87, which also serves as a Big Ten record. Ohio State also holds several individual honors including: the lowest 72-hole total of 271 (held by Joey Sindelar, 1984), the lowest second round score of 64 (held by Joey Sindelar, 1981), lowest third round score of 65 (held by Clark Burroughs, 1985) and the lowest 54-hole total of 199 (held by Kevin Hall, 2004).

Miller Posts Career Bests at Fossum Invite
Sophomore Jamie Miller posted career-bests in overall place and three-round total at the 2005 Fossum Invitational in East Lansing, Mich. Miller, who was competing in just his third tournament as a Buckeyes tied for 11th with a three-round total of 219.

Looking Back on the 2004 Big Ten Championship
The Ohio State men’s golf team captured its first Big Ten championship crown since 1997 and its 23rd overall title at the 2004 Big Ten Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Buckeyes held off second-place Illinois by five strokes as Ohio State fired a final round score of 284 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, Mich.

“They just played terrific,” Ohio State head coach Jim Brown said. “They were not going to be denied. Illinois made a charge but we made some birdies down the stretch to hold them off and win by five.”

The Buckeyes’ Big Ten title was the 17th under Brown, who was named 2004 Big Ten Coach of the Year (his third), following the event.

Kevin Hall captured medallist honors for the second time in his last four tournaments and was the first Ohio State golfer since Ryan Armour in 1998 to finish first at the Big Ten championships. Hall’s first-place finish in the event is Ohio State’s 18th individual medallist in program history.

During the final round, Hall fired his third-consecutive round under 70 with a score of 68. Throughout the tournament, Hall rolled in 16 birdies, one eagle, two bogeys and one double bogey to top the field by 11 strokes. Hall finished the tournament with a three-round total of 199 en route to numerous Big Ten accolades, which included 2004 First Team All-Big Ten and 2004 Big Ten All-Championship Team.

Brett Williams also turned in a solid tournament for the Buckeyes as he finished with a final round score of 72, for a three-round total of 213 to tie for seventh in his first Big Ten championships appearance.

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 287respectively 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.

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.

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 the Barona Cup where the squad finished fifth out of 14 teams with a total score of 845.

-The three-round total of 845 at the Barona Cup marked the lowest total of the fall season.

-The Buckeyes opened the season with at the SMU Invitational where the first two rounds of the tournament were cancelled because of rain.

-Eight Buckeyes saw action during the fall with Scott Anderson, Colin Biles and Zach Randol tying for the team lead in rounds played with 10 apiece.

-The Buckeyes averaged 293.5 strokes per round as a team.

-Sophomore Jamie Miller made his Ohio State debut at the Landfall Tradition where he posted a three-round total of 224.

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- Posted a career-best finish and three-round total at the 2005 Fossum Invitational where he tied for 11th with a tournament total of 219 … saw his first career action as a Buckeye at the 2004 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
Teams who have advanced to compete in the NCAA regionals will be announced next week. The East Regional will be hosted by the Southeastern Conference in Nashville, Tenn. The Central Regional will be held in South Bend, Ind., and hosted by the University of Notre Dame. The West Regional will be held in Stanford, Calif., and will be hosted by Stanford University.