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May 5, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s golf team returns to action Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich., to compete in the 2004 Big Ten Championships.

The Buckeyes will be in search of their conference record 23rd Big Ten title. The University of Michigan will play host to the 54-hole event at the par 71, 7,013-yard University of Michigan Golf Course.

The 54-hole event begins with teams beginning on tees No. 1 and No. 10, second round play begins at 1 p.m. with teams beginning off tees No. 1 and No. 10. teams will compete in final round play beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday.

The 2004 Big Ten Championships also will include live scoring on www.golfstat.com.

OHIO STATE AND THE BIG TEN
Throughout the 2003-04 season the Ohio State men’s golf team has faced at least one Big Ten opponent in six tournaments prior to the 2004 Big Ten Championships. In those six tournaments the Buckeyes have posted a 19-9 record against Big Ten foes.

OSU IN THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Since the Big Ten championships began in 1920, Ohio State has claimed 22 team titles at the event with the first tournament title coming in 1928 under the direction of head coach George Sargent.

Since capturing their first title in 1928 the Buckeyes have become one of the most consistant teams in the conference claiming titles in the 1940s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

However, from 1976-1990 Ohio State dominated conference play like no other team in history capturing 13 titles during the 15-year span. Along with the numerous team accolades the Buckeyes also have captured 17 individual medallist honors.

BIG TEN TOURNAMENT SHORTENS TO THREE ROUNDS
This season the Big Ten championships changed its format to three rounds instead of the standard four round conference tournament format. The change from four rounds to three rounds marks the first time since 1945 that the Big Ten tournament has been less than four rounds.

BROWN AT BIG TENS
Now in his 31th year at the helm of the Ohio State men’s golf program, Jim Brown has led the Buckeyes to 16 Big Ten championships and 26 Top 3 finishes. Brown’s first conference title came in 1976.

LAST TIME OUT
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 led 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.

Indiana’s Jeff Overton captured individual medallist honors with a total of 210. The Hoosiers also claimed the team title with a score of 880.

RECAPPING THE 2003 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Ohio State men’s golf team finished third at the 2003 Big Ten Championships. The Buckeyes posted a final round score of 295 to finish with a four-round total of 1,153. The event was held at the par 71, 6,942-yard Indiana University Golf Course in Bloomington, Ind.

Leading the way for Ohio State was Kevin Hall. Hall fired a final round score of four-over-par 75, which tied him for ninth place. Hall finished the tournament with a four-round total of three-over-par, 287.

Junior Zach Doran was named First Team All-Big Ten for his consistent play throughout the year. Doran tied for 11th with a four-round total of four-over-par, 288.

BUCKEYES NOTCH SIXTH TOP 5 FINISH OF THE SEASON
The 2002-03 edition of the Ohio State men’s golf team was a model of consistency by finishing in the Top 5 six times. The 2003-04 season has followed a similar path as the Buckeyes have finished in the Top 5 six times this season following their third-place finish at the 2004 Kepler Intercollegiate.

HALL COURTS SECOND BIG TEN MEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK ACCOLADE
Ohio State senior golfer Kevin Hall, earned his second league honor this spring as he was named Co-Big Ten Golfer of the Week with Indiana’s Jeff Overton. Hall earned the recognition after his performance at the 2004 Marshall Invitational April 9-10 in Huntington, W. Va.

During the event, Hall led the Buckeyes to their first tournament title of the season as he captured medallist honors with a three-round total of 206. Hall captured medallist honors thanks to a tournament record 65 in the final round of play. Hall’s third round score, first-place finish and three-round tournament total were all career-bests.

Earlier this season, while competing at the Matlock Classic, Hall led the Buckeyes to a third-place finish among a field of 15 collegiate squads. During the event, Hall tied for seventh leading the Buckeyes to a third-place finish among a field of 15 collegiate squads to capture his first Big Ten Golfer of the Week honor in 2004.

HALL POSTS TOURNAMENT RECORD
During the 2004 Marshall Invitational senior Kevin Hall captured medallist honors as he fired a three-round total of 206 to win the individual crown. Hall claimed his first collegiate medallist honor with the help of a final round score of 65, which tied a tournament record to propell the Buckeyes to their first tournament title of the 2003-04 season.

FIRING IN THE RED
Last season the Ohio State men’s golf team shot under par 25 times last season. This season, however, the Buckeyes have surpassed last year’s mark with 29 rounds under par.

BUCKEYES BEGIN SPRING SEASON WITH BACK-TO-BACK BIG TEN HONORS
The Buckeyes’ strong start to the spring portion of the 2003-04 season has been fueled by impressive outings by Ohio State seniors Zach Doran and Kevin Hall.

Doran opened the season with a strong showing at the 2004 SunTrust Gator Invitational where he tied for 15th, while firing a three-round total of 217, to capture the first Big Ten Golfer of the Week honor in 2004.

Two weeks later, in the Buckeyes second touranmet of the spring Hall captured his first Big Ten Golfer of the Week honor, while competing at the 2004 Matlock Classic where he tied for seventh.

NOTING THE BUCKEYES
Scott Anderson … tied for 15th at the 2004 Fossum Invitational posting a three round total of 224 … tied for sixth with teammate Colin Biles at the 2004 Marshall Invitational … in his 2004 debut, Anderson posted a career-best finish at the 2004 Xavier Intercollegiate as he tied for fourth with a three-round total of 216 … 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 tied for 10th with a three-round total of 215.

Zach Doran … placed sixth at the 2004 Kepler Intercollegiate with a three-round total of 218 … finished in the Top 10 at the 2004 Marshall Invitational as he posted a three-round total of 216 … fired a season best 66 in the final round of the 2004 Xavier Collegiate Classic to finish the event tied for fourth … earned Big Ten Golfer of the Week following his performance at the 2004 Gator Invitational … during the event, Doran 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.

Kevin Hall … captured medallist honors at the 2004 Marshall Invitational as he fired a three-round total of 206 … on the final day of competition at the Marshall Invitational, Hall tied the tournament record with a 65 … tied for 17th at the 2004 Schenkel Invitational with a three-round total of 218 … tied for 12th at the 2004 Xavier Intercollegiate with a three-round total of 221 … was the second Buckeye to earn Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors following his performance at the 2004 Matlock Classic … during the event, Hall posted his best finish of the 2003-04 season as he tied for seventh with a three-round total of 215.

Colin Biles … tied for 22nd with at the Kepler Intercollegiate … notched a Top 10 finish at the 2004 Marshall Invitational as he fired a three-round total of 214 … posted a season-best round of 67 during round two competition at the Marshall Invitational … posted a season-best finish at the 2004 Schenkel Invitational as he fired a three-total of 214 … tied for 11th at the 2004 Matlock Classic and finished with a three round total of 216 … tied for 20th at the 2004 Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla., as he posted a three-round total of 218 … in his first 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 … tied for 22nd at the 2004 Kepler Intercollegiate … during the Kepler, Williams fired a three round total of 226 … 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.

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.

The Buckeyes posted their best finish of the season in the final tournament of the season as they finished second 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’ best finish came at the 2003 Landfall Classic were he carded a three-round total of 213.

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 medalists, 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 May 20-22 to compete in the 2004 NCAA Central Regional in West Lafayette, Ind.