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April 27, 2005

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Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s golf team returns to action April 30-May 1, to compete in the 2005 Fossum Invitational. Michigan State will play host to the event at the par 72 Forest Akers West Course which has a length of 7,013 yards.

The two-day event will tee off with a 9 a.m. shotgun start Saturday as teams will compete in 36 holes during day one competition. The tournament concludes with 18 holes and a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Sunday.

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

Ohio State in The Fossum
Since the first year of the Bruce Fossum Invitational in 1966 the Buckeyes have dominated the competition by winning the tournament 12 times in the 38-year history of the event. From 1976-1984 Ohio State won the tournament nine consecutive times. The last time the Buckeyes took home the tournament title was in 1995 as the squad posted a three-round total of 872.

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

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.

Last Time Out
The Ohio State men’s golf team did not compete last week because of inclement weather which forced the 2005 Kepler Intercollegiate to be cancelled. The event, which was set to be held at the 7,251-yard Ohio State University Scarlet Course, was called for the first time in the tournament’s 36-year history.

Recapping the 2004 Fossum Invitational
The Ohio State men’s golf team concluded play at the 2004 Bruce Fossum Invitational and finished seventh with a total 901.The event was held at the par 72, 7,013-yard Forest Akers Golf Course in East Lansing, Mich.

Junior Scott Anderson lead all Buckeye golfers as he fired a three-round total of 224 to finish tied for 15th. Zach Doran also turned in a solid tournament for Ohio State finishing with a three-round total of 226 to finish tied for 21st.

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 287 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.

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 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.

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.

Up Next
The Ohio State men’s golf team will look to defend its 2004 Big Ten title as they travel to Madison, Wisc. to compete in the 2005 Big Ten Championships.