Oct. 1, 2004

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Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s golf team opens the 2004-05 season at the SMU Stonebridge Invitational, in McKinney, Texas, Oct. 4.

Southern Methodist University will play host to the 54-hole event at the par 72, 7,247-yard Stonebridge Country Club.

The two-day event begins Monday with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Competing teams will play 36 holes the first day. Final round competition begins at 8 a.m Tuesday with teams beginning play off holes Nos. 1 and 10.

2004-05 Season Outlook
Coming off a first-place finish at the 2004 Big Ten Championships where the Ohio State men’s golf team posted a three-round record performance of 842, the Buckeyes appeared to be well on their way to competing in the NCAA championships for the 31st time in program history and the first time since the 1997-98 season. However, things did not go the way Ohio State planned as the Buckeyes finished 14th in regional competition with a three-round total of 918. Although the Buckeyes narrowly missed qualifying for the NCAA championships for the second-consecutive season Ohio State enters the 2004-05 season with an attitude of defending its Big Ten title from a year ago and qualifying for the NCAA championships.

Returning Buckeyes
This season, the Buckeyes return eight players from a year ago, among them, the returnees boast combined statistics of 77 rounds 5,508 strokes with a scoring average of 71.5. Leading the way for the Buckeyes this season will be Scott Anderson, who will serve as team captain, four years after he came to Ohio State as a walk-on.

Anderson enters his senior season with more experience than any other Ohio State golfer and hopes to lead the team to back-to-back conference titles. During the 2003-04 season, Anderson, competed in 33 rounds and posted 2,446 strokes with a scoring average of 74.1 and three Top 10 finishes.

“Scott Anderson really came along last season and the NCAA regional championships he was our best player no doubt about it,” Jim Brown, Ohio State men’s golf coach said.

The Buckeyes also return sophomore Colin Biles, who a year ago posted an impressive rookie campaign as he recorded a scoring average of 74.1 in 26 rounds of play. During those 26 rounds, Biles finished in the Top 15 three times en route to Ohio State freshman of the year honors.

“Colin came along really well for us and he came down with Mono at the Big Ten tournament and he had to take 8 or 10 days off and I think that hurt his game a little bit toward the end of the season,” Brown said. “Colin is a quality player and I expect big things from him this season. Between Scott and Colin they are guys that need to lead us this season because they are the ones who have experience.”

Along with Anderson and Biles, Ohio State returns a trio of individuals, in Jared Jones, Ryan Hurley and Nate Strong, all of whom saw time during the 2003-04 season.

Zach Randol also could push for a Top 5 spot as he returns from a wrist injury, which caused him to miss most of the 2003-04 season. Two years ago, Randol competed in 22 rounds compiling a scoring average of 74.4.

The Newcomers
The Ohio State men’s golf team welcomes two freshman to the squad in Michael Haverfield and Kevin Grabeman.

Grabeman enters the 2004 season after an impressive 2003 campaign that saw him post first-place finishes at the Kiawah Island Championship and the Optimist District Qualifier. Grabeman also posted a strong performance at the 2003 Harbor Town Championships, where he finished fourth and at the 2003 Kroger Championships, where he finished 15th. At Springboro (Ohio) High School, Grabeman earned all-state, all-area and team MVP honors during his senior year.

Haverfield, a Louisville, Ky., native, also enters his freshman season with an impressive resume. In two years while competing in the American Junior Golf Association, Haverfield posted nine Top 20 performances, including a first-place finish at the 2002 McDonald’s All-American Tournament in 2002. Haverfield also posted strong performances at the 2002 Junior Classic at The Pines, where he tied for second and at the 2002 Kroger Junior Invitational, where he tied for ninth. Haverfield’s St. Xavier High School, twice finished as state champions.

“They are both good kids and they wanted to come to Ohio State,” Brown said. “They were both selected as All-Americans on their respective tours and they have a lot of experience, which is something that you are starting to see in a lot of high school players these days. The thing I know about all the freshmen we have coming in is that they all want to be good golfers and they want to play golf, which is always a positive sign.”

The Schedule
The Ohio State men’s golf team returns to many of the same locations it visited during the 2003-04 season, including a return visit to the St. Croix (Virgin Islands) Classic, however the team will not return to the Matlock Classic, a tournament in which the Buckeyes have competed in over the past two seasons.

Another change to the schedule this year includes a visit to the Gary Koch Invitational. The Buckeyes competed at the event during the 2002-03 season and finished fourth.

“The Koch Invitational has a very strong field and outside of the Schenkel it will probably be one of the toughest tournaments that we will play in all season,” Brown said. “Our schedule is very competitive and will let the team know where we stand after the fall season,” Brown said. “We are playing in tournaments with great teams and as always seek great competition for our team. It allows us to travel to different parts of the United States, which is what we try to do each year.”

Recapping the 2003 SMU Invitational
The Ohio State men’s golf team finished seventh at the 2003 SMU Invitational, as they fired a final round score of 294, to finish the tournament with a three-round total of 890. The two-day event, was held in McKinney, Texas, at the par 72, 7,247-yard, Stonebridge Country Club with teams competing on the Dye Course.

Leading the way for the Buckeyes was senior Brett Williams, who competed in his first collegiate tournament as a Buckeye. During the event, Williams finished in seventh place, while firing a final round score of three-under-par, 69, for a three-round total of 216.

The Buckeyes also received a strong performance from senior Kevin Hall. Hall tied for 15th as he posted a three-round total of 221.

Chris Stroud of Lamar University won the event as he posted a three-round total of eleven-under-par, 205, while Notre Dame captured the team title with a score 882.

2003-04 Season in Review
The Ohio State men’s golf team finished the 2003-04 season with a record of 113-62-2 and captured two tournament titles.

Buckeyes Give Brown a Trim After Another Big Ten Title
Jim Brown, Ohio State head men’s golf coach, told his players during a practice round leading up to the 2004 Big Ten Tournament he would allow the squad to shave his head if the Buckeyes brought back a Big Ten title to Columbus.

The team responded by winning first Big Ten championship crown since 1997 and their 23rd overall title May 9-11 at the 2004 Big Ten Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich.

During the event, the Buckeyes held off second-place Illinois by five strokes for a three-round total of 842. The event was hosted by the University of Michigan and was held at the par 71, 6,704-yard University of Michigan Golf Course in Ann Arbor.

True to his word, members of the Buckeye men’s golf team gave Brown a trim prior to regional competition.

Buckeyes Set Three Round big Ten Record
The Buckeyes posted a three-round total of 842 at the 2004 Big Ten Championships, which ranked as the lowest three-round total in tournament history, surpassing the mark of 845 set in 2003 by the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Quite a Year for Hall
In his final season as a Buckeye, OSU golfer Kevin Hall posted an impressive season that saw the Cincinnati native post two medalist finishes, four Top 10 finishes, two Big Ten athlete of the week accolades, first team All-Big Ten, Big Ten All-Championship team and a fourth-consecutive Ohio State Scholar-Athlete award.

Hall highlighted the season at the 2004 Big Ten Championships where he captured his second medalist honor of the season to become the first Ohio State golfer to capture medalist honors at the conference tournament since Ryan Armour in 1998. Hall’s first-place finish in the event was Ohio State’s 18th individual medalist in program history.

Throughout the tournament, Hall rolled in 16 birdies, one eagle, two bogeys and one double bogey to top the field by 11 strokes. Hall finished the tournament with a three-round total of 199 en route to numerous Big Ten accolades, which included 2004 First Team All-Big Ten and 2004 Big Ten All-Championship Team accolades.

Buckeyes capture Marshall Invitational
During the 2004 Marshall Invitational senior Kevin Hall captured medalist honors as he fired a three-round total of 206 to win the individual crown. Hall claimed his first collegiate medalist honor with the help of a final round score of 65, which tied a tournament record to propel the Buckeyes to their first tournament title of the 2003-04 season.

Buckeyes Notch Seventh Top 5 Finish of the Season
The 2002-03 edition of the Ohio State men’s golf team was a model of consistency as they finished in the Top 5 six times. This past season the Buckeyes surpassed last season’s total by finishing in the Top 5 seven times.

Firing in the Red
The Ohio State men’s golf team fired 34 rounds under par during the 2003-04 season surpassing the mark set during the 2002-03 season when the squad shot under par 25 times.

Meet Coach Brown
Now in his 32nd year as the Buckeyes’ head coach, Jim Brown has built the Ohio State golf into one of the finest and most respected collegiate programs in the nation.

The numbers are impressive. Under Brown’s guidance, the Buckeyes have qualified for the NCAA tournament 30 times, 11 times finishing in the Top 10, while claiming one national championship in 1979.

Ohio State also has dominated Big Ten play, winning 23 conference titles. The Buckeyes claimed their 23rd title in 2004 with a five stroke victory over Illinois. Ohio State also claimed the team title at the 2004 Marshall Invitational to give Brown 162 tournament wins during his tenure at the helm.

When the Buckeyes won the national title in 1979, it marked the first time in nearly two decades a northern school claimed the championship. Brown proved the 1979 season was no fluke as the program finished fourth in the NCAA’s in 1980, 1983, 1987, and again in 1997.

Brown earned National Coach-of-the-Year honors in both 1979 and 1986, and was named District IV Coach of the Year in consecutive seasons from 1977 through 1980 and again from 1982 through 1987. Most recently, Brown was named 2004 Big Ten Coach of the Year for the third time in his career. Prior to his 2004 Big Ten honor, Brown captured back-to-back coach of the honors in 1995 and 1996. He also coached the NCAA All-Star Team that competed in Japan in 1979 and the 1999 Palmer Cup team that defeated a team of top collegiate players from Great Britain and Ireland.

Golf hasn’t been the only thing on Coach Brown’s mind during his tenure at OSU. Brown takes great pride in the fact that his golfers are student-athletes in the truest sense of the word. In fact, only three athletes who have exhausted their eligibility have not received degrees, during Brown’s 31-year tenure.

His greatest personal achievement, however, came in 1989, when he was elected to the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame. Two years later, he was inducted into The Ohio State University Athletic Hall of Fame. Brown also was inducted into the Martins Ferry High School Hall of Fame in 1972 and the Ohio High School Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1994.

Brown has long been a leader in college golf, serving as president of the National Golf Coaches Association from 1990 to 1992. He served on the NCAA’s Executive Golf Committee from 1990-96. In addition, the Ohio State mentor has been a member of both the All-American Selection Committee and the NCAA District IV Selection Board.

The winningest coach in OSU golf history, Brown has tutored one NCAA individual champ (Clark Burroughs – 1985), 18 Big Ten medalists, 88 All-Big Ten selections, 11 first team All-Americans and 63 other All-America honorees during his stay on the Columbus campus.

A native of Martins Ferry, Ohio, Brown is a 1966 Ohio State graduate. He played both basketball and golf for the Buckeyes, earning three letters in each sport. Captain of the OSU golf squad as a senior, Brown began his coaching career in 1967 at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., and in 1969 moved to Kent State.

Brown, who served as the head golf coach and assistant basketball coach at Kent State, left there in 1973 to become the ninth golf coach in Ohio State history. Jim and his wife Tina have been married for eight years and together the couple have five children. Tina has three children, a son David Lankard, who is an OSU graduate and two daughters, Cheryl Turnbull and Anne Marie Moore, both of whom are graduated from Miami (OH). Brown has two children Julie, who is an OSU graduate, and Jeff, a former member of the Ohio State golf team and an OSU graduate.

Up Next
The Ohio State men’s golf team returns to action Monday Oct. 11-12 as they compete in the 2004 Gary Koch Invitational in Tampa, Fla.