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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s golf team have a short turnaround following the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate as they travel to West Lafayette, Ind., April 29-30 for the 2011 Big Ten Championships. Eleven squads will compete on the par 72, 7,465-yard Kampen Course and vie for the top spot in the conference and an automatic bid into the NCAA Regional tournament.

TOURNAMENT BASICS
Name: Big Ten Championships
Course: Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex-Kampen Course (par 72, 7,465 yards)
Field: 11 teams (Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, April 24)
Illinois (13)
Indiana (36)
Iowa (17)
Michigan
Michigan State
Minnesota
Northwestern
Ohio State (28)
Penn State
Purdue
Wisconsin

Schedule:
Friday, April 29 – First and second rounds, 8 a.m. & 1 p.m. tee times
Saturday, April 30 – Third round, 9 a.m. tee times
Sunday, May 1 – Final round, 8 a.m. tee times

KEEPING AN EYE ON THINGS
Live scoring for the tournament will be available at www.golfstat.com. A link to the tournament will also be available at the men’s golf schedule page on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Follow the Buckeyes on Twitter at twitter.com/OhioState_MGOLF.

HOW IT ALL WORKS
The Big Ten Championships will be the longest tournament of the year for Ohio State. Rather than the typical 54-hole format, the Championships will showcase 72 holes of golf over three days. Teams will play back-back rounds on Friday and 18 holes on both Saturday and Sunday. Each squad will field five student-athletes to compete with the lowest four scores for each round counting towards the team total. The team with the lowest score at the end of four rounds will be crowned 2011 Big Ten champions and will receive an automatic big into the 2011 NCAA Regional.

THE LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State will had less than a week to rest after hosting the 2011 edition of the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate at The Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes welcomed 10 teams to the par 71, 7,455-yard Scarlet Course April 23-24 where the home standing Scarlet and Gray finished three strokes back of co-champions Kent State and Illinois in third place at 860 (+3). 

Senior Bo Hoag was on top of his game once again, finishing in seventh at 2-over 215. Just off his pace was fellow-senior Brad Smith in an eight-place tie at 3-over 216. Sophomore Jamie Sindelar and senior Michael Cress each reeled off solid performances, closing out in a tie for 12th place at 5-over 218. Rounding out the team effort for the Buckeyes was junior Dan Charen whose 6-over 219 was good for a 14th-place tie.

Ohio State also had seven golfers competing as individuals. Sophomore Zack Sobel, senior Tanner Murphy and junior Alex Redfield tied for 27th at 223. Junior Michael Kinkopf’s 225 put him in a 33rd-place tie while sophomore Matt Turner’s 229 was good for 42nd-place tie. Sophomore Gary Quinn finished in 54th with a score of 234 while junior Evan Wood closed out in 55th with a score of 235.

THE STARTERS
The senior duo of Bo Hoag and Brad Smith will compete in the 11th-consecutive event for the Ohio State men’s golf team as junior Dan Charen will start for the ninth time this season. Junior Alex Redfield and senior Michael Cress are competing in his eighth tournament this season.

SCOUTING THE FIELD
Ohio State has squared off against every Big Ten school at least once this season and currently holds a 24-7 record against in-conference foes. Of those 24 wins, the Buckeyes hold 4-1 records against Purdue and Northwestern, and a 4-0 mark against Minnesota.

GRASPING THE GREENS
The Big Ten Championships will be played on the par 72, 7,465 yard Kampen Course, a links style course that was recently tabbed as the fourth best college course in the nation in a GolfChannel.com poll in which Ohio State topped the rankings. With a slope of 143 and a rating of 75.9, the Pete Dye-designed course has understated tricks throughout that will provide trials and tribulations for even the most talented of golfers. Accuracy and careful attention to detail are a must as some holes feature greens that measure in at over 40 yards long and others play host to bunkers that are seemingly invisible from the tee box to those without a keen eye.

RAIN, RAIN STAY AWAY …
After playing rain-soaked conditions at the Kepler Intercollegiate, Ohio State will keep its collective fingers crossed in hope that it can avoid a repeat at the Big Ten Championships. Weather.com is predicting great conditions for golf with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-60s for the first two rounds Friday. Saturday looks to bring much of the same with temperatures creeping into the mid-70s by the time the second round is complete. The final round Sunday, however, could spell trouble. Weather.com is calling for a 70 percent chance of rain with temperatures only topping off in the upper-50s.