Oct. 2, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ralph Guarasci, a member of the Ohio State men’s golf program from 1975-78, was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 26.
Ralph Guarasci Hall of Fame Induction Speech
Ralph Guarasci Hall of Fame Interview
Guarasci was a four-year letterwinner and two-time team captain during Ohio State’s four consecutive Big Ten championships from 1975-78. The run was the start of five straight conference titles overall and 13 out of the next 15 for Ohio State. Guarasci played on three NCAA Top 10 squads, including two as team captain in 1977 and 1978. The Buckeyes racked up 35 team victories during Guarasci’s tenure.
Individually, Guarasci’s finest season came in 1976 when the Columbus native was named a First Team All-American after seizing Big Ten medalist honors. Additional members of the `76 All-America First Team included fellow golf legends: Curtis Strange, Jay Haas, Mark O’Meara, Scott Simpson, Peter Jacobson and Keith Fergus. Guarasci also competed in the Sun Bowl that year, the oldest and most prestigious collegiate golf tournament in the country. He earned First Team All-Big Ten recognition in back-to-back years (1976, 77). His four career individual tournament medalist performances rank ninth all-time in school history. Guarasci totaled a dozen top-10 finishes while donning the Scarlet and Gray.
The marketing major graduated from The Ohio State University in 1978 with a 3.5 cumulative grade point average. His excellence on the course started at Columbus Bishop Waterson High School where he pulled off both the individual and team state championships three-peat (1972-74).