Aug. 25, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio–Alumni from the Ohio State men’s and women’s golf programs will return to the Scarlet Course Monday, Aug. 30, for the 19th Annual Buckeye Pro-Am Classic. The tournament, which benefits the OSU Golf Scholarship Fund and course improvements, begins at 10 a.m. Admission to the event is free. Former Buckeyes Gary Nicklaus (1998-91) and Lisa Strom Fernandes (1996-2000) will co-chair the 2004 event.

About $1.7 million has been raised since the Pro-Am’s inception, with most proceeds directed toward endowed scholarships. The remaining funds have been used for improvements to The OSU Scarlet and Gray courses.

Other alumni joining Nicklaus and Strom Fernandes will be: Ryan Armour (1995-98), John Cook (1977-79), Allison Hanna (2001-04), Cathy Kratzert-Gerring (1981-83), Amy Langhals (1994-97), 2004 U.S. Open Champion Meg Mallon (1982-85), Chris Perry (1981-84), Joey Sindelar (1978-81), Chris Smith (1988-91), Ed Sneed (1965-66), Ted Tryba (1986-89) and Chris Wollmann (1994-97).

Therese Hession, Ohio State women’s golf coach, said the event is instrumental in building the endowment program for the golf teams.

“The Buckeye Pro-Am has been most helpful in allowing us to achieve our goal of endowing our golf team scholarships,” Hession said. “We always are very appreciative of our alumni coming back to support their teams. It also is a lot of fun to catch up and spend time with our professionals.”

Jim Brown, OSU men’s golf coach, said fans at this event are afforded a rare glimpse of professionals up close.

“It is always is a treat to have the guys come back,” Brown said. “It shows they really love Ohio State and like to do this. We are looking forward to having them all back. It is good to get together and tell stories and watch them play. All the players enjoy playing. It is a great opportunity for people, if they have a Monday off or can take a Monday off, to get close to our players, get autographs, walk down the fairways and greens with them and really see what pro golf is all about. “This is one of our premier events with many of our former players coming back from the pro tours to help raise money for scholarships,” Brown said “Everybody looks forward to it. The admission is free and we hope to have a lot of people at the tournament.”

For more information about the tournament, contact the OSU Golf Course at 459-GOLF.