Senior co-captain Kyle Coconis has sixth Top 20 finish of the season

COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s golf team battled back in the final round of the Furman Intercollegiate to finish in a tie for eighth Sunday with host school Furman University. The Buckeyes shot a 6-over 294 to total 894 for the three-day, 54-hole tournament played at the par 72, 6,825-yard Furman University Golf Course.

Tennessee-Chattanooga went wire-to-wire to win the tournament shooting 874 (+10), three strokes ahead of second-place Clemson. Jonathan Hodge, of Tennessee-Chattanooga edged out Vanderbilt’s Jon Curran by a stroke to win the individual title at 3-under-par. Almost half of the 24-team field had to finish their second rounds this morning because of an over two hour rain delay Saturday.

Senior co-captain Kyle Coconis paced the Buckeyes for the event and finished tied for 20th at 7-over 223. The Top 20 finish is his sixth of the season. Coconis, a native of Zanesville, Ohio, shot a 74 Sunday and had a strong start to the final round, carding a birdie on the first hole and eagling the par 5 second, his second eagle of the event.

One stroke back was Bo Hoag who tied for 26th at 224. The freshman from Upper Arlington, Ohio, had three birdies on the front nine as he closed the tournament with a 4-over 76.

Sophomore Patrick Simard fired a front nine 34 en route to a 73 to finish the event tied for 31st with a total of 225. Simard birdied three holes on the front side, two coming on par 3s. The Marbella, Spain, native had 10 birdies throughout the tournament and finished 7-under in par-5 scoring.

Senior co-captain Zach Sebert shot the third-lowest round of the day with a 1-under 71. He shot a flawless 33 on the front with three birdies and no bogeys. He collected another birdie on the backside, while carding three bogeys. Sebert, of Grove City, Ohio, finished in a tie for 48th at 11-over 227.

Reigning Big Ten Player of the Week Brad Smith finished 21-over to tie for 107th, after closing out the event with an 82. He was able to eagle the par 5 second hole twice, including in the final round, and finished second on the week in eagles with the two. The freshman from Peru, Ind., also finished the tournament tied for sixth in par 3 scoring at 1-over par.

Up next, the Buckeyes travel to Huntington, W.Va., to compete in the Marshall Invitational, April 4-5.

Furman Intercollegiate: Final Results
Furman University Golf Course, Greenville, S.C.
Par 72, 6,825 yards

 Team Standings Scores 1. Tenn.-Chattanooga 287-290-296874 (+10) 2. Clemson 292-291-294877 (+13) 3. South Carolina 290-294-298882 (+18) T-4. Western Carolina 295-302-291888 (+24) T-4. Vanderbilt 293-301-294888 (+24) 6. Virginia Tech 299-288-303890 (+26) 7. South Carolina-Aiken 298-303-290891 (+27) T-8. Furman 297-302-295894 (+30) T-8. OhioState  294-306-294894(+30) 10.. Francis Marion 297-310-292899 (+35) 11. North Florida 305-299-296900 (+36) 12. East Carolina  300-294-307901 (+37) 13. UNC-Wilmington 306-306-294906 (+42) 14. Elon 307-305-299911 (+47) 15. Charleston Southern 307-302-304913 (+49) 16. Presbyterian 307-301-309917 (+53) 17. Old Dominion 313-303-303919 (+55) 18. Wofford 313-304-305921 (+57) 19. Rhode Island 312-309-302923 (+59) 20. Appalachian State 312-307-309925 (+61) 21. Samford 296-319-315930 (+66) T-22. Marshall 320-307-304932 (+68) T-22. Winthrop 309-313-310932 (+68) 24. Davidson 303-323-310936 (+72)   Ohio State Results Scores T-20. Kyle Coconis 72-77-74223 (+7) T-26. Bo Hoag 74-74-76224 (+8) T-31. Patrick Simard 71-81-73225 (+9) T-48. Zach Sebert 79-77-71227 (+11) T-107. Brad Smith 77-78-82237 (+21)