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Feb. 13, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s golf team returns to action Monday in Lakeland, Fla., at the 2004 Matlock Invitational. The event will be held at the par-72, 7,065-yard Grasslands Golf and Country Club.

The 54-hole tournament begins at 8 a.m. Monday with a shotgun start followed by second-round competition, which begins at about 1p.m. Final-round competition commences at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Competing along with Ohio State will be Florida Southern, Francis Marion (SC), Georgia College & State, Kansas State, Louisville, Lynn, Memphis, Miami (Ohio), Mississippi State, Missouri, Old Dominion, Rollins,Valdosta State and Virginia Commonwealth.

ABOUT OHIO STATE
The Ohio State men’s golf team returns to Lakeland, Fla., to compete in its second tournament of the 2004 season. So far this season the Buckeyes boast a record of 41-30-1 with two Top 5 finishes.

LAST TIME OUT
The Ohio State men’s golf team concluded play at the 2004 Gator Invitational Feb. 1 with a 13th place finish to open the spring portion of the 2003-04 season. The two-day event, was held at the par 70, 6,701-yard University Golf Course in Gainesville, Fla.

Zach Doran paced the Buckeyes as he fired a final-round score of 72 and tied for 15th. Doran finished the tournament with a three-round total of 217, which marked his second lowest three-round total of the 2003-04 season. The Buckeyes also received a strong performance from freshman Colin Biles as he tied for 20th. Biles’s finish in the event was his best as a Buckeye.

Chris Cousins of UAB captured medalist honors as he posted a three-round total of 207, while Florida won the tournament for the 17th time in program history.

RECAPPING THE 2003 MATLOCK INVITATIONAL
Last season, the Ohio State men’s golf team finished fifth at the Matlock Classic. The Buckeyes fired a three-round total of 12-over-par, 876, edging out Florida Southern by one stroke. The event was held at the par-72, 7,065-yard Grasslands Golf and Country Club in Lakeland, Fla.

Scott Anderson posted a final tournament score of 2-under-par, 214, which tied him for seventh.

Geoffrey Harris of Old Dominion led all individuals with a three-round total of 7-under-par, 209. Tulsa won the team title with a score of 2-over-par, 866.

DORAN NAMED BIG TEN ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Ohio State senior golfer Zach Doran earned the first Big Ten Athlete of the Week honor in 2004 following his performance at the SunTrust Gator Invitational.

During the event, the Dublin, Ohio, native tied for 15th place overall, as he fired a three-round total of 217. In the tournament, which included Big Ten foe Purdue, Doran posted the best finish among all Big Ten golfers. Doran’s total of 217 marked his lowest three-round total of the 2003-04 season.

BUCKEYES ADD TWO TO 2004-05 SQUAD
Jim Brown, Ohio State men’s golf head coach, announced the addition of two student-athletes who have signed NCAA National Letters of Intent for the 2004-05 season. Kevin Grabeman of Springboro, Ohio, and Michael Haverfield of Louisville, Ky., comprise the class that will enroll at Ohio State at the beginning of the 2004 fall season.

Grabeman will enter the 2004 season after an impressive 2003 campaign that saw him post first-place finishes at the Kiawah Island Championship and the Optimist District Qualifier. Grabeman also posted a strong performance at the 2003 Harbor Town Championships, where he finished fourth and at the 2003 Kroger Championships, where he finished 15th. At Springboro High School, Grabeman earned all-state, all-area and team MVP honors during his senior year.

In two years competing in the American Junior Golf Association, Haverfield posted nine Top 20 performances, including a first-place finish at the 2002 McDonald’s All-American Tournament. Haverfield also posted strong performances at the 2002 Junior Classic at The Pines, where he tied for second and at the 2002 Kroger Junior Invitational, where he tied for ninth. Haverfield’s St. Xavier High School twice finished as state champions.

DORAN COMPETES IN 2003 COLLEGE ALL-AMERICA GOLF CLASSIC
At the conclusion of the 2003 fall season Ohio State senior Zach Doran took part in the 2003 College All-America Golf Classic.

The tournament, hosted by the Sun Bowl Association, was played at the Par-71, 6,781-yard El Paso Country Club. Each university is awarded a $1,000 scholarship if a golfer from that school competes in the tournament.

In a tournament, which displayed 26 of the nation’s top collegiate golfers, Doran tied for 22nd with a three-round total of 214.

NOTING THE FALL SEASON
Ohio State opened the 2003-04 season with a third-place finish at the Northern Intercollegiate in Ann Arbor, Mich., site of the 2004 Big Ten Championships. The Buckeyes finished the tournament with a three-round total of 874.

Ohio State posted its best finish of the season in the final tournament of the season finishing in second-place at the 2003 Landfall Classic.

Brett Williams established himself as the top golfer of the fall, competing in nine rounds and averaging 71.8 strokes per round. Williams’s best finish came at the 2003 Landfall Classic were he carded a three-round total of 213.

NOTING THE BUCKEYES
Scott Anderson … tied for 43rd at the 2003 Barona Intercollegiate with a three-round total of 218 … competed as an individual in the 2003 Northern Intercollegiate … during the tournament, Anderson opened the season on a high note as he tied for 10th with a three-round total of 215 … during the 2002-03 season, Anderson placed 10th at the 2003 Kepler Intercollegiate to help the Buckeyes to their 23rd Kepler title … posted his career-best finish at the Matlock Classic where he finished tied for seventh … fired a career low at the Matlock Classic of two-under-par, 214.

Zach Doran … posted his best finish of the season at the 2004 Gator Invitational where he tied for 15th with a three-round total of 217 … tied for 32nd at the 2003 Barona Intercollegiate with a three-round total of 215 … opened the season with a strong showing at the 2003 Northern Intercollegiate as he posted a three-round total of 220 to finish the event tied for 20th … during the 2002-03 season, Doran was named first team All-Big Ten for his consistent play throughout the 2002-03 season … tied for 11th at the 2003 Big Ten Championships.

Justin Collins … notched his best tournament of the fall season at the 2003 Matlock Classic as he finished 11th … returned to the Buckeyes after redshirting during the 2002-03 season … in his first collegiate tournament in over a year, Collins posted a strong opening performance as he tied for 15th with a three-round total of 218 … during his junior year, Collins averaged 73.6 strokes per round.

Kevin Hall … posted his best finish of the 2003-04 season as he tied for tied for ninth at the 2003 Barona Intercollegiate … finished 15th at the 2003 SMU Invitational with a three-round total of 221 … opened the season the 2003-04 season at the Northern Intercollegiate where he tied for 33rd with a three-round total of 224.

Peter Riddell … in his freshman season for Ohio State, Riddell saw extended time on the varsity squad and should once again contribute for the Buckeyes this season … posted a strong outing at the 2003 Kepler Intercollegiate and helped the Buckeyes to their 23rd Kepler Intercollegiate title opening the tournament with a 76.

Colin Biles … tied for 20th at the 2004 Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla. as he posted 218 … Biles’s finish in the event, was his best as a Buckeye … in first his collegiate tournament, as an Ohio State freshman, Biles competed at the Northern Intercollegiate and fired a three-round total of 226 to finish the tournament tied for 47th.

Brett Williams … posted his best career finish at the 2003 Landfall Classic where he tied for sixth with a three-round total of 213 … tied for 43rd at the Barona Intercollegiate with a three-round total of 218 … the senior appeared in his first collegiate tournament as a Buckeye during the 2003 SMU Invitational, where he placed seventh with a three-round total of 216.

30 YEARS AND COUNTING
This past season, men’s head golf coach Jim Brown completed his 30th year at the helm for the Buckeyes. Throughout his tenure, Brown has established the Ohio State men’s golf program as one of the top programs throughout the country. Since his first year in 1973, Brown has directed the Buckeyes to 16 Big Ten titles and one national championship, while compiling an overall record of 5,196-1,388-29.

2002-03 SEASON IN REVIEW
Ohio State completed another successful season under the direction of head coach Jim Brown, which marked Brown’s 30th year as head coach. Led by Zach Doran and Kevin Hall, the Buckeyes posted six Top 5 finishes including their 23rd Kepler Intercollegiate championship. After the season, Doran was named first team All-Big Ten, 2003 Ping All-America Honorable Mention and Ping Midwest All-Region after compiling a scoring average of 71.8 per round. The Buckeyes concluded the season at the 2003 NCAA Mideast Regional where they finished 14th.

MEET COACH BROWN
Now in his 31st year as the Buckeyes head coach, Jim Brown has built Ohio State golf into one of the finest and most respected collegiate programs in the nation.

Under Brown’s guidance, the Buckeyes have qualified for the NCAA tournament 29 times, 11 times finishing in the Top 10, while claiming one national championship in 1979. Ohio State also has dominated Big Ten play, winning 16 conference titles.

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.

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.

The winningest coach in Ohio State golf history, Brown has tutored one NCAA individual champ (Clark Burroughs – 1985), 11 Big Ten medallists, 86 All-Big Ten selections, 14 first team All-Americans and 49 other All-America honorees during his stay on the Columbus campus.

He is married to Tina Lankard and has two children, Julie, who is an Ohio State grad, and Jeff, a former member of the golf team and 1999 Ohio State graduate.

UP NEXT
The Ohio State men’s golf team returns to action March 6-7 to compete in the Xavier Invitational in the St. Croix, Virgin Islands.