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Rookie Zack Sobel fires first collegiate round in the 60s with a 3-under 68

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s golf team, led by freshman Zack Sobel’s 68, bettered its opening round by 13 strokes Saturday with a score of 5-over 298 in the second round of the FAU Spring Break Championships. The Buckeyes are tied for 11th place with Murray State with a total of 591 and are only six shots away from breaking into a pack of three teams tied for eighth.

The three-day, 54-hole tournament is being held at the par 71, 6,722-yard Gleneagles Country Club in Delray Beach, Fla. No. 10 Illinois maintained its spot atop the leaderboard with a score of 7-under 561, holding a 12-shot lead over second-place Penn State.

Sobel continued to lead the Buckeyes with his first career round in the 60s at 3-under 68. Starting off the 10 tee, the Clearwater, Fla., native erred only twice with bogeys on Nos. 13 and 6 while collecting five birdies. He had back-to-back birdies to open his round as well as while making the turn and four of his birdies came on par 4s. Sobel is tied for eighth place at 2-under 140.

Brad Smith shot a 72 in a steady round that featured three birdies to four bogeys as he remained a stroke either over or under par throughout the day. The junior from Peru, Ind., moved into a tie for 24th with a total of 146.

Freshman Matt Turner bounced back from a difficult opening score of 83 and shaved nine strokes off his second round with a 74 to move into 85th place. The Dubai native’s only big hiccup came with a double-bogey on No. 13, after opening with a birdie on hole 10. He bogeyed three of his last nine holes, adding another birdie on No. 2. Turner is tied for 85th at 157.

Michael Cress was two-over on both the front and back nine with a round of 75. The junior from Dublin, Ohio, made par on 12 holes with five bogeys and a birdie on the par 3 No. 14. Cress is tied for 68th at 153.

Fellow junior Bo Hoag continued to struggle with his second-consecutive round of 78. After starting on the 10 tee, the Upper Arlington product had a rough patch with a triple-bogey on No. 12, followed with bogeys on the next two holes. He then settled down and made par on 11 of his last 13 holes with bogeys on Nos. 2 and 9. Hoag is tied for 81st with a total of 156.

Five Buckeyes also are competing as individuals. Sophomore Dan Charen fired the best round out of that group with an even-par 71 that included five birdies to offset a triple-bogey and two bogeys. He is now tied for 35th along with senior Patrick Simard (73-75) with totals of 148. Also with a solid second round was sophomore Alex Redfield with a 72, shaving off 10 strokes from his opening round. His score of 154 is tied for 73rd.

Senior Brad Wright continues to be the top the OSU individual, tying for 21st at 3-over 145 after a round of 75. Redshirt-freshman Jamie Sindelar is tied for 85th after shooting a 76 for a total of 157.

The FAU Spring Break Challenge concludes with a final round Sunday. Tee times begin at 7:30 a.m. and live scoring is available on www.golfstat.com.

FAU Spring Break Championship – Day 2
Gleneagles Country Club, Delray Beach, Fla.
Par 71, 6,722 yards

Team Standings  Scores
1. Illinois   282-279-561 (-7)
2. Penn State   290-283-573 (+5)
3. Michigan   290-284-574 (+6)
4. Iowa    295-281-576 (+8)
5. Florida Gulf Coast  291-286-577 (+9)
6. Florida Atlantic  291-287-578 (+10)
7. Eastern Michigan  293-290-583 (+15)
T-8. Notre Dame  288-297-585 (+17)
T-8. St. Mary’s (Calif.)  298-287-585 (+17)
T-8. Minnesota   293-292-585 (+17)
T-11. Ohio State  302-289-591 (+23)
T-11. Murray State  298-293-591 (+23)
13. South Florida  298-296-594 (+26)
14. Wisconsin   306-294-600 (+32)
15. Marquette   298-304-602 (+34)
16. Northern Illinois  301-302-603 (+35)

Ohio State Results  Scores
T-8. Zack Sobel  72-68-140 (-2)
T-21. Brad Wright (Ind.)  70-75-145 (+3)
T-24. Brad Smith  74-72-146 (+4)
T-35. Patrick Simard (Ind.) 73-75-148 (+6)
T-35. Dan Charen (Ind.)  77-71-148 (+6)
T-68. Michael Cress   78-75-153 (+11)
T-73. Alex Redfield (Ind.) 82-72-154 (+12)
T-81. Bo Hoag   78-78-156 (+14)
T-85. Matt Turner  83-74-157 (+15)
T-85. Jamie Sindelar (Ind.) 81-76-157 (+15)