Aug. 9, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio–Ohio State’s Brian Falk, who will be a redshirt freshman in 2005-06 on the men’s golf team, won the 2005 Grand Cypress National Amateur Championship Sunday in Orlando, Fla. Falk, of Garden City, N.Y., shot 221 (79-69-73) to win by one stroke over Kyle Hammond of Windermere, Fla., (83-67-72=222).

Falk won the event on courses designed by Ohio State’s Jack Nicklaus, whose company is currently renovating The OSU Scarlet Course, home of the Buckeye men’s and women’s golf teams.

The Grand Cypress National Amateur Championship, with a field of 144 golfers, was contested over the three courses at the Grand Cypress Resort. The first round was on the South/East combination, the second round was on Jack Nicklaus’ tribute to the Old Course in Scotland, the New Course, and the final round was concluded on the famed North/South combination.

Falk secured the title on the 480-yard 18th of the South course. Following a drive in the left rough, Falk drop a 197-yard 6-iron within 15 feet of the pin and made par for the title.

Ohio State’s Kevin Grabeman, another redshirt freshman on the OSU men’s team, competed in the event as well. He finished tied for fourth with a total of 226 (83-67-76).

The Buckeyes open the fall season Sept. 19-20 in Toledo at the Inverness Invitational.