Two NCAA Championships 22 Big Ten Championships 38 All-Americans 82 All-Big Ten Honorees Five Academic All-Americans
The storied history of Ohio State men’s golf takes a back seat to no program in the United States. Ohio State has not only proven that northern schools have quality golf programs, but the Buckeyes have also been at the forefront and a leader among college golf’s elite since its inception in 1924. No other school can boast the home of “the greatest golfer in the world” Jack Nicklaus. No other school can boast a home course as renowned and beautiful as the OSU Scarlet Course. No other school can boast a coach with the background and knowledge of the legendary Jim Brown. No other school can boast a tradition as rich and glorious as The Ohio State University.
The reputation of Ohio State speaks for itself. Buckeye golfers represent their school with dignity and class. They refuse to make excuses. Playing in the fickle weather of the Midwest is a challenge that Buckeye golfers relish. The balancing of academics and athletics is a way of life under the tutelage of Coach Brown. The carrying on of the winning tradition is the greatest challenge, and Buckeye golfers are always equal to the task.
Tradition and stability has long been a hallmark of Ohio State Golf. In its 73 year history, the Buckeyes have had only five head coaches, George Sargent, Robert Kepler, Floyd Stahl, Rod Meyer and Brown. Such stability has allowed Ohio State to attract some of the nation’s finest collegiate golfers year-in and year-out. Six separate Golf Scholarship Funds enable Ohio State to finance the educations of these golfers. The money in these funds currently stands at more than $550,000, and the returns on this investment help the golf program to maintain a solid financial foundation.
Included in the 38 All-Americans produced by OSU are PGA Tour legends Jack Nicklaus (1961) and Tom Weiskopf (1962), as well as a host of other Tour professionals including Ed Sneed, Rick Borg, Clark Burroughs, Greg Ladehoff, Ted Tryba, Curt Sanders, Alex Antonio, Joey Sindelar, Brian Mogg, Chris Wollmann, John Cook, Chris Smith and 1984 Collegiate Player of the Year, Chris Perry.
In addition to their 22 Big Ten Championships, the Buckeyes also boast NCAA team titles in 1945 and 1979, and NCAA Individual Medalists in 1945 (Howard Baker) and 1961 (Jack Nicklaus).
Buckeye golfers not only represent their school, but are also regularly selected to represent their native countries in international competition. Six Ohio State golfers have represented their home nations in the Walker Cup, while another six have competed in the World Cup. Additionally, sixteen Buckeyes have played in the Sun Bowl.
All of this leads to just one conclusion; to play golf for Ohio State is truly a special honor.
In the 1990’s Ohio State Golf has…. captured 31 team tournament titles. an overall record of 1,431 wins, 340 losses and 9 ties. won four Big Ten titles. won three consecutive Big Ten Championships from 1995-1997. made four NCAA appearances. had three top 10 NCAA finishes produced 12 All-Big Ten golfers. had four All-America selections. produced four All-America Scholars. had four Les Bolstad Award winners (for the Big Ten’s lowest seasonal stroke average). hosted both the men’s and women’s NCAA Championships. The Ohio State Golf is one of the elite programs in the nation under Head Coach Jim Brown with… one NCAA Team Championship one NCAA Individual Champion 10 top 10 fininshes in the NCAA Championships five top five finishes in the NCAA Championships 10 Big Ten Individual Champions 16 Les Bolstad Award winners 23 first or second place Big Ten finishes 148 team championships won 104 individual medalists 76 All-Big Ten selections 73 All-America selections 11 First Team All-Americans five Walker Cup participants six World Cup players one Collegiate Palyer of the Year. 12 players earning their PGA Tour card a 99.9 percent graduation rate. Over the past 24 years, only two golfers have not earned their degrees.
Buckeye Head Coach Jim Brown has been… selected twice as National Coach of the Year. selected as the NCAA District 4 Coach of the Year 12 times. selected twice as Big Ten Coach of the Year. a PGA professional for 29 years. inducted into the Martins Ferry High School Hall of Fame. inducted into the Ohio High School Coaches Hall of Fame. inducted into the Ohio State Varsity “O” Hall of Fame. inducted into the Golf coaches Association of America Hall of Fame.