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Feb. 9, 2007

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s golf team will travel to Gainesville, Fla., this weekend to compete in the Gator Invitational. The event will be played at the par 70 6,701-yard University Golf Course. The University of Florida will be the host school for the tournament.

Practice rounds will be held Friday. Each team will play 36-holes Saturday and 18-holes on Sunday. Teams will tee off at about 8:00 a.m. Saturday and at about 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

Coastal Carolina, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Kentucky, LSU, North Florida, Ohio State, Purdue, Tulsa, UAB, UCF and Wake Forest make up the tournament field.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
Complete tournament results will be available on the internet at ohiostatebuckeyes.com at the end of each day and live scoring will be available at golfstat.com.

THE OSU LINEUP
Colin Biles
Dan Rush
Zach Sebert
Patrick Simard
Jack Tyler
David Vallina

NOTING THE BUCKEYES
Colin Biles – In the team’s fourth tournament at the Landfall Tradition, Biles had his best finish of the 2006-07 season by tying for 5th and led the Buckeyes with a 220 total. The senior also posted an individual and team season low round of 70 on Oct. 29. Biles led the Buckeyes in scoring in nine out of the team’s 12 tournaments played in 2005-06 while also leading the team with a stroke average of 73.4. He finished in the Top 20 individually in seven tournaments with his best finish (T4) coming at the Fossum Invitational, (4/22-23, 2006). Biles was selected to the NCAA Central Regional competition as an individual and earned second team All-Big Ten honors in 2005-06.

Dan Rush – Rush was second on the Buckeyes (Oct. 27-29) at the Landfall Tradition with an individual season low total of 223 and finished tied for ninth place. Rush qualified for 10 of the team’s 12 tournaments in 2005-06. His low round of 70 and best finish (T49) came at the Big Ten/Pac-Ten Challenge, Oct. 3-4, 2005.

Zach Sebert – Sebert’s last tournament appearance came at the Gopher Invitational (Sept. 16-17). He finished tied for 43rd with a three round total of 236. Sebert was a Division III All-American at Otterbein College in 2006.

Patrick Simard – Competing in his second tournament as a Buckeye, Simard had an individual season best three round total of 237 and also tied for 43rd individually. The freshman is a three time national champion in Spain (96, 97, 98) and also was a regional champion in Spain from 1998-2001.

Jack Tyler – At the Landfall Tradition, Oct. 27-29, Tyler tied for 49th with a three-round total of 238. Tyler was named to the Academic All-Big Ten team and was an Ohio State Scholar Athlete in 2005-06. He was tied for second on the team in stroke average with a 76.5. His low round of 69 and best finish, tied for 10th, came at the Inverness Invitational, Sept. 19-20, 2005.

David Vallina – Vallina was one of three Buckeyes to finish in the Top 25 at the Landfall Tradition. He fired off a career best round of 71 Oct. 29 and tied for 25th overall. Vallina played in six tournaments in 2005-06 and had an average that was second-best on the team (75.7). He shot low rounds of 72 twice and his best finish was a tie for 15th at the Fossum Invitational.

LANDFALL TRADITION RECAP
The Ohio State men’s golf team finished in fourth place at the Landfall Tradition Oct. 29. The Buckeyes shot 906 (299-312-295) at the par 72, 6,982-yard Country Club at Landfall in Wilmington, N.C. The tournament was hosted by UNC-Wilmington. Tulsa won the event with a score of 868 (295-293-280).

Two Buckeyes finished in the Top 10 led by senior Colin Biles. He shot a final round of 70, the lowest by a Buckeye this season, for a total of 220 (76-74-70) to tie for fifth place. Sophomore Dan Rush tied for ninth with a season-low three round total of 223 (72-77-74).

Biles and Rush’s Top-10 finishes marked the first time Ohio State had multiple players place in the Top 10 since Biles and former Buckeyes Scott Anderson and Zack Randol did so at the Marshall Invitational April 9-10, 2005.

Mitch Cohlmia (Tulsa) and Nicolas Geyger (Tulsa) shared medalist honors with a 1-under par 215 total.

Coach Brown on playing at the Gator Invitational
“We are excited to once again get the year started at the Gator Invitational. The University of Florida Golf Course is a great test and after a solid off-season and a nice outing in our Alumni Match last weekend, we are excited to compete against an extraordinary field.”