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CONTINUING A TRADITION OF SUCCESS 

Ohio State Men’s Golf Timeline:

CONTINUING A TRADITION OF SUCCESS

1921 – Mike Godman named first head coach of the Ohio State men’s golf program.

1928 – Ohio State wins its first Big Ten championship.

1938 – Robert Kepler named head coach of the Buckeyes.

1940 – The first collegiate match is held on Scarlet Course. Billy Gilbert is the first Buckeye golfer to the win the Big Ten championship individual title.

1945 – Ohio State wins its first NCAA championship as Scarlet Course plays host to the tournament for the first time. Howard Baker Saunders and John Lorms are co-Big Ten champions as they help the Buckeyes capture the conference crown. Saunders is the NCAA medalist and Lorms wins the individual title.

1946 – The Buckeyes take third at the NCAA championships. They follow by finishing in seventh place at the 1947 NCAA Championships and sixth place at the 1950 NCAA Championships.

1951 – Tom Nieporte win the NCAA individual title and OSU teammate Don Johnson is the runner-up in the first “same school” final match in the 45-year history of the NCAA championship. The Buckeyes finish second as a team at the national championship after winning the Big Ten title.

1954 – Rick Jones wins the NCAA championship as Ohio State finishes seventh in the team standings.

1959 – Jack Nicklaus wins the U.S. Amateur Championship. Mike Podolski is Ohio State’s first All-American with a third team selection.

1961 – The Buckeyes capture the Big Ten championship as Jack Nicklaus wins the individual title. He follows by claiming the NCAA medalist and NCAA individual title. Mike Podolski is the runner-up in the second “same school” final match. Nicklaus becomes Ohio State’s first First Team All-America selection and also wins his second U.S. Amateur Championship.

1966 – Ohio State wins the Big Ten championship under the direction of head coach Floyd Stahl.

1970 – The Buckeyes place sixth at the NCAA championships.

1973 – Steve Groves wins the Big Ten championship individual title. Groves is named First Team All-America for the second year in a row.

1974 -Jim Brown, a former Buckeye golfer and basketball player, is named head coach.

1975 – Ohio State finishes 10th at the NCAA championships.

1976 – Ralph Guarasci wins the Big Ten individual crown and Mark Balen is runner-up to lead Ohio State to the Big Ten championship. The Buckeyes finish the season in 10th place at the NCAA championships and Guarasci is named First Team All-America.

1977 – Ohio State claims both top spots at the Big Ten championships as Mark Balen wins the title and John Cook is the runner-up. The two help the Buckeyes to their second-consecutive conference championship and a ninth-place finish at the NCAA championships. Rod Spittle wins the Canadian Amateur Championship.

1978 – The Buckeyes notch their third-consecutive Big Ten championship led by medalist John Cook and runner-up Mark Balen. Rod Spittle captures his second Canadian Amateur Championship in as many years and John Cook wins the U.S. Amateur Championship.

1979 – Ohio State wins its second NCAA championship along with its fourth-consecutive Big Ten championship. John Cook and Rick Borg tie for medalist honors in the conference tournament. Cook collects his third-consecutive First Team All-America award and earns the Big Ten’s Les Bolstad Award for the lowest stroke average in the conference.

1980 – The Buckeyes nab their fifth conference championship in a row. As host of the NCAA championships on the Scarlet Course, Ohio State takes fourth place. Joey Sindelar collects his first of two First Team All-America awards. Rick Borg is the first Buckeye to be named All-Big Ten all four years.

1982 – After missing the 1981 Big Ten title, Ohio State begins another streak by winning the conference championship.

1983 – The Buckeyes finish fourth at the NCAA championships after a second-consecutive victory at the Big Ten championships.

1984 – Chris Perry is the Big Ten medalist as the Buckeyes claim their third-consecutive conference championship. Perry concludes the season as the NCAA Collegiate Player of the Year and becomes just the second Buckeye to earn three First Team All-America selections. Perry also earns the Big Ten’s Les Bolstad Award for lowest stroke average for the third year in a row.

1985 – Clark Burroughs captures the NCAA championship after winning the Big Ten individual crown. Ohio State continues its Big Ten championship streak by winning its fourth in a row. Burroughs is named First Team All-America.

1986 – For the fifth-consecutive year, the Buckeyes win the Big Ten championship.

1987 – Robert Huxtable is the Big Ten medalist and Dennis Harrington is the runner-up as Ohio State nabs its sixth conference title in as many years. Huxtable finishes fourth at the NCAA championships and the team ties for fourth.

1989 – The Buckeyes bounce back after missing the 1988 conference crown by winning the Big Ten championship.

1990 – Ohio State wins its 13th Big Ten championship in 15 years. Chris Smith is victorious as the conference medalist and places 10th at the NCAA championships.

1991 – Chris Smith garners First Team All-America honors as the Buckeyes finish second at the Big Ten championships. It is the first of three-consecutive years in which Ohio State is runner-up to the conference title.

1995 – The Buckeyes win their 20th Big Ten championship led by Chris Wollmann, who finishes runner-up in the individual standings. Ohio State takes eighth place at the NCAA championship. Wollmann wins the U.S. PubLinks Championship.

1996 – Guided by the Big Ten Coach of the Year Jim Brown, Ohio State wins back-to-back Big Ten championships. Chris Wollmann and Didier De Vooght tie for second at the conference tournament. The Buckeyes finish fourth at the NCAA championships. Wollmann earns the Big Ten’s Les Bolstad Award for the lowest stroke average in the conference.

1997 – The Buckeyes win their third-consecutive Big Ten championship and Jim Brown collects his second coach of the year award in as many years. Chris Wollmann is named Second Team All-America after earning the Les Bolstad Award for the second-consecutive season. Ohio State takes fourth at the NCAA championships.

1998 – Ryan Armour garners Third Team All-America honors after winning Big Ten medalist. The team finishes second at the conference tournament and sixth at the NCAA championships. Craig Matthew wins the Canadian Amateur Championship.

2004 – Ohio State wins its 23rd Big Ten championship as Kevin Hall is the conference medalist with a record-setting 54-hole score of 14-under 199. Jim Brown is named Big Ten Coach of the Year.

2008 – The Buckeyes make their 31st appearance at the NCAA tournament under the direction of Jim Brown, hosting the Central Regional at Scarlet Course.

2009 – Head coach Jim Brown retires as the longest-tenured head coach in Ohio State history and men’s golf coach in Big Ten history. One of the most successful coaches in the history of NCAA golf, he leads the Buckeyes past the NCAA Central Regional to the NCAA Championships in Toledo where the team places 25th. Bo Hoag is named Honorable Mention All-America as well as First Team All-Big Ten.

2009 – Donnie Darr, a graduate of Kent State, is named head coach.