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April 22, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s golf team is seventh of 12 teams at the Fossum Invitational following the first two rounds. The Buckeyes recorded a total of 588 (292+296) at the par 72, 7,013-yard Forest Akers West Golf Course in East Lansing, Mich., Saturday. Indiana leads the event at 575 (292-283). Michigan State is the host school for this event.

Ohio State’s David Vallina (Sr., Burgettstown, Pa./Burgettestown) shot a season low 71 (-1) during the opening round. He recorded the Buckeyes’ best shot with an eagle on par-5 No. 8 hole. Colin Biles (Jr., Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) and Brandon Markiw (Fr., Edmonton, Alberta/McNally Composite) were two strokes behind Vallina. The score tied Markiw’s lowest round this season.

Vallina had the best second-round for the Buckeyes, shooting even par. He finished at 143 to tie for sixth individually. Biles shot a one-over-par (73) for a total of 146. He is tied for 13th on the leaderboard. Charlie Soule of Denver and Chris Wilson of Northwestern are tied for first with 138.

The final round of the Fossum Invitational will be contested Sunday.

Team

Pl. School Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Total
1. Indiana 292 283 575
2. Illinois 284 295 579
3. Northwestern 297 284 581
4. Denver 288 295 583
5. Minnesota 301 284 585
6. Xavier 296 290 586
7. Ohio State 292 296 588
8. Michigan State 305 288 593
9. Ball State 296 300 596
10. Wisconsin 308 294 602
11. Iowa 308 295 603
12. Toledo 308 303 611

Individuals

Pl. Name, School Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Total
T1. Charlie Soule, Denver 67 71 138
T1. Chris Wilson, N’western 70 68 138

Ohio State Individuals

Pl. Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Total
T6. David Vallina 71 72 143
T13. Colin Biles 73 73 146
T16. Brandon Markiw 73 74 147
T41. Jack Tyler 75 77 152
62. Dan Rush 81 77 158