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April 13, 2005

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Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s golf team will travel to Bryan, Texas, April 16-17 to compete in the 2005 Aggie Invitational. Texas A&M will play host to the event at the par 72, 7,235-yard Traditions Golf Club.

The event will tee off at 8 a.m. CST on Saturday with teams competing in 36-holes during day one competition. The tournament concludes with 18 holes, with play beginning at 8 a.m. CST on Sunday.

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

Buckeyes post season-best finish at Marshall Invitational
The Ohio State men’s golf team posted its second-best three round total carding rounds of 276, 286 and 287 respectively en route to its best finish of year this past weekend 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.

Three Buckeyes Finish in Top Ten
Colin Biles, Scott Anderson and Zach Randol all finished in the Top 10 at the 2005 Marshall Invitational as they tied for seventh and ninth respectively, which marked the first time all season Ohio State had placed three individuals in the Top 10.

Finishing Strong
The Buckeyes have made a habit of finishing each tournament of the season on a high note as the squad has averaged just fewer than four fewer strokes in round two and three in tournaments this season. In round one the Buckeyes are averaging a score of 296.2. In rounds two and three Ohio State is averaging 292.5 and 292.7, respectively.

Last Time Out
The Ohio State men’s golf team posted its best finish of the 2004-05 season as it placed third with a total of 849 at the 2005 Marshall Invitational. Marshall University played host to the event at the par 71, 6,446-yard Guyan Golf and Country Club in Huntington, W. Va.

Colin Biles led all Buckeye individuals with a tournament total of 210. Biles carded a final round of even par 71.

The Buckeyes also received strong performances by Scott Anderson and Zack Randol. Both tied for ninth with a three-round total of 211.

The University of Louisville won the event with a tally of 837, while the University of Akron’s Blake Sattler set an individual 54-hole record by posting an 11-under, 202 (69-68-65), breaking the record set by Ohio State’s Kevin Hall in 2004 (206).

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.

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 theBarona Cup where the squad finished fifth out of 14 teams with atotal score of 845. The three-round total of 845 at the Barona Cupmarked the lowest total of the fall season. The Buckeyes opened theseason with at the SMU Invitational where the first two rounds ofthe tournament were cancelled because of rain. Eight Buckeyes sawaction during the fall with Scott Anderson, Colin Biles and ZachRandol tying for the team lead in rounds played with 10 apiece. TheBuckeyes averaged 293.5 strokes per round as a team. SophomoreJamie Miller made his Ohio State debut at the Landfall Traditionwhere he posted a three-round total of 224.

Ohio State Inks Top Recruit
Jim Brown, Ohio State men’s golf head coach, announced the signing of St. Ignatius High School senior Dan Rush. Rush, who will come to Columbus from Avon Lake, Ohio is the first addition of 2005-06 freshman class that will attend Ohio State in the fall.

Rush comes to Ohio State after an impressive senior season at St. Ignatius where he finished eighth at the 2004 Ohio High School Athletics Association State Golf Tournament en route to All-Ohio and All-District honors. In addition to his Top 10 finish at the state tournament, Rush set numerous school records in scoring average, rounds under par and medalist honors. Rush also was a member of two St. Ignatius state championship teams in 2001 and 2002.

Along with his accolades at the high school level, Rush also excelled while competing in the American Junior Golf Association where he was a Rolex All-American after posting a victory at the 2004 AJGA Memorial Junior Tournament at the Ohio State University Scarlet Course. In the last two years, Rush has posted medalist honors in six national tournaments over the past two years.

“We are very excited Dan has decided to become a Buckeye,” Brown said. “Dan is a wonderful student with a great talent for the game of golf. Above all else, he is an outstanding person who comes from a tremendous family. We look for him to make a dynamic impact on our program over the next four years.”

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- Saw his first career action as a Buckeye at the 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.

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.

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 has 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 Ohio. 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.

Up Next
The Ohio State men’s golf team returns to action April 23-24 as it competes in the 2005 Kepler Intercollegiate in Columbus, Ohio.