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April 26, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s golf team will travel to Lake Forest, Ill., this weekend to compete in the 2006 Big Ten Championships. The event will be played at the par 71, 7,168-yard Conway Farms Golf Club. Northwestern will be the host school for the tournament.

Practice rounds will be held Thursday. Two rounds will be played Friday followed by one round each Saturday and Sunday. Teams will tee off at about 9 a.m. EDT each day.

The tournament field will be comprised of all 11 Big Ten teams. Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin will make up the field along with the Buckeyes.

Tournament Information
Complete tournament results will be available on the internet at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com at the end of each day and live scoring will be available at golfstat.com.

The OSU Lineup
Colin Biles
David Vallina Jack Tyler
Dan Rush
Brandon Markiw

Noting the Buckeyes
Colin Biles – The only Buckeye to compete in all 33 rounds of the season … has shot under par seven rounds with his low or 69, twice, at the Big Ten/Pac-Ten Challenge (10/3/05) and Fossum Invitational (4/23/06) … best finish this season was at the Fossum Invitational (T-4th) … best scoring average for the Buckeyes this season (73.3). David Vallina – Average score of 75 over 15 rounds this season, second best on the team … recorded a personal best finish at the Fossum Invitational (4/22-23) placing 15th overall … has been in the Ohio State lineup in each of the last four tournaments heading into the Big Ten Conference Championships.

Jack Tyler – Placed 10th overall at the Inverness Invitational Sept. 19-20, his best individual finish of the season … also was Ohio State’s top individual in that event … fired a 69, a season low, in the second round of the Inverness Invite … his 30 rounds played this season are second-most among the Buckeyes … scoring average of 76.3 is second best of players with 20 or more rounds on the year.

Dan Rush- Has finished under par twice this season, including his last time out at the Fossum Invitational April 23 … shot 71 on the final day of the Fossum Invite … one of two freshman in the Big Ten Championships lineup for the Buckeyes … has competed in 27 rounds this season, third most on the team.

Brandon Markiw- One of two freshman in the lineup for the Buckeyes for the conference championships … has played in eight rounds this season with a scoring average of 76.5 … best round to date was a 73 at the Gator Invitational Feb. 18 … he competed as an individual in that event.

Jim Brown and Ohio State at the Big Ten Tournament
Ohio State has won 23 Big Ten titles since the first in 1928. The Buckeyes last claimed the championship in 2004. The most recent Big Ten title was the 17th for head coach Jim Brown during his 33-year tenure. He also has finished second eight other times.

Fossum Recap
The Ohio State men’s golf team finished the Fossum Invitational in eighth-place April 23. The Buckeyes shot 890 (300+296+294) at the par 72, 7,013-yard Forest Akers West Golf Course in East Lansing, Mich. The tournament was hosted by Michigan State.

Indiana won the event with a score of 870 (292+283+295).

Ohio State’s Colin Biles shot 3-under-par (69) during the final round. The score ties his lowest round this season. With a three-round total of 215, he tied for fourth individually.

David Vallina tied for 15th with a total of 219 for the Buckeyes. Freshman Dan Rush shot 1-under 71 Sunday. He eagled the par 5 No. 17 on the final day to help record his third round under par this season.

Charlie Soule of Denver won the event with a total of 207 (67+71+69).

Biles Leads Ohio State
Junior Colin Biles has five Top 20 finishes to his credit thus far. Biles tied for seventh at the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge and tied for sixth at the Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla. Biles has played 33 rounds this year with a scoring average of 73.3.

Meet Coach Brown
Now in his 33rd 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 156 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.

Rounds Under Par
The Buckeyes have shot numerous rounds under par this season with Colin Biles ahead of the pack. With his five Top 20 finishes Biles has shot seven rounds under par. His best are rounds of 69 at the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge Oct.3, 2005 and most recently at the Fossum Invitational April 23.

Other Buckeyes joining Biles shooting under par are freshman, Dan Rush and juniors Jack Tyler, Jared Jones and Kyle Coconis. Tyler has three rounds under par with his best round of 69 at the Inverness Invitational Sept. 19, 2005.

Buckeyes Under Par
Colin Biles
69 (72), Oct. 3 (Big Ten/Pac-10)
70 (72), Oct. 4 (Big Ten/Pac-10)
71 (72), Oct. 10 (Duke Classic)
71 (72), Oct. 28 (Landfall)
70 (72), March 27 (Lexus)
70 (72), March 19 (Schenkel)
69 (72), April 23 (Fossum)

David Vallina
71 (72), April 22 (Fossum)

Dan Rush
70 (72), Oct. 3 (Big Ten/Pac-10)
71 (72), April 23 (Fossum)

Jack Tyler
69 (71), Sept. 19 (Inverness)
70 (72), Oct. 3 (Big Ten/Pac-10)
71 (72), Oct. 10 (Duke Classic)

Kyle Coconis
71 (72), March 19 (Schenkel)

Jared Jones
71 (72), March 27 (Lexus)

(#) par for tournament

The Newcomers
Ohio State welcomes three newcomers to the roster this season; freshmen Dan Rush and Brandon Markiw, along with transfer Jack Tyler. All will be in the Big Ten Championships lineup this weekend in Chicago.

Rush, an AJGA All-American, was a member of two state championship teams at St. Ignatius (Ohio) High School in 2002 and 2003. Rush held a 2004 scoring average of 71.0 and was the medalist in an impressive 12 tournaments. In the other six tournaments, he placed second five times and third once. Rush was named to the All-Ohio team and set two St. Ignatius 18-hole scoring records.

Markiw comes to Ohio State with an impressive resume as well. The Edmonton, Alberta native placed runner up in the 2004 Alberta High School Championship as well as the CPGA Provincial Jr. Championship. Markiw won the Alberta Open with a two round score of 138 and was a six-time CJGA (Canadian Junior Golf Association) tournament winner.

The last newcomer of the group, Jack Tyler, comes to Ohio State after two years of competition at George Washington University. In his first collegiate event, Tyler posted a first-round 69 en route to a 10th place finish among 74 individuals. Tyler posted nine Top 15 finishes at George Washington including a first place score of 144 at the 2004 Rehoboth Beach Fall Invitational. In his sophomore season, Tyler played in 14 tournaments and held a scoring average of 74.98. Tyler hails from Novi, Mich., where he was the Michigan state runner-up in 2002.

Scarlet on the Mend
The Ohio State Scarlet golf course is currently nearing the end of a year-long construction overhaul. It is on schedule to re-open for the women’s 2006 NCAA Championships in May (23-26). Former Buckeye and PGA great Jack Nicklaus is overseeing the construction process.

“If it’s not the No. 1 collegiate course in the country after reconstruction, I’d be disappointed,” Jim Brown, Ohio State head coach, said. “They’ve been working on the condition of the greens, the placement of bunkers, the length, and are even constructing a new practice facility. We are very happy that Jack is doing this project and his goal is to make it the best college course in the nation. They’ve done a lot of extra things and I’m sure they’ll be showing off this course to the rest of the country.”

It’s making great progress and we are very excited to see how it turns out.”