COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s golf team opens the 2012-13 season with the Marshall Invitational in Huntington, W. Va., Sept. 10-11. The two-day event will feature 54 holes on the par 71, 6,456-yard Guyan Golf & Country Club and is hosted by Marshall University.

Live scoring will not be available so check out for scores and recap of each round.

Marshall Invitational
Guyan Golf and Country Club
Field (16 teams):

Bowling Green
Cleveland State
Eastern Kentucky
Miami University
Ohio State

Virginia Tech
Western Kentucky
William & Mary
Wright State

The Ohio State lineup features a youthful group with the team’s lone senior Matt Turner leading the squad. Sophomores Grant Weaver and Boo Timko join Turner in experience, having contributed in almost all tournaments last season. Freshmen Michael Bernard and Tee-K Kelly are set to play in their first collegiate tournament, while classmate Max Rosenthal will compete as an individual.

First held in 1968, the 2012 Marshall Invitational will be the 43rd playing of the annual tournament. Nine of the 16 teams hail from Ohio – Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Cleveland State, Dayton, Miami, Ohio, Ohio State, Toledo and Xavier.

The Buckeyes have won two-straight Marshall Invitational titles and have the best team record with 19 wins total in the tournament’s history. A runner-up seven times total, the Scarlet and Gray claimed victory in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2004, 2010 as well as 2011.

On the individual side, Ohio State golfers have claimed 14 titles with the most recent one claimed by former Buckeye Alex Redfield in 2011.

Ohio State had another great showing at the Marshall Invitational in 2011, finishing first with an 18-under 834. Former Buckeye Alex Redfield had an impressive final round with a field-best 6-under 65 which put him from 11th to first by tournament end. Redfield captured his first individual win and Ohio State’s 15th at the tournament with the last coming in 2004.

Ultimately, the Buckeyes finished five strokes ahead of second place Eastern Kentucky and continued their dominance for another year at the Marshall Invitational.

Sophomores Boo Timko and Grant Weaver and freshman Michael Bernard were three of 36 student-athletes named to the Big Ten men’s golfers to watch list.

Timko played in all 12 tournaments played by Ohio State last season. He finished fourth on the team with a 74.69 stroke average as a freshman and notched two rounds in the 60s and three under par.

Weaver, the 2012 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, competed in 11 of 12 tournaments last season and was the squad’s top finisher three times. His 75.52 stroke average was fifth overall on the team and he had 22 of 29 rounds counted towards team score.

Bernard joined the Buckeye squad this year ranked No. 14 in the class of 2012 Golfweek/Sagarin ratings. He was the 2011 PGA Junior Player of the Year and was medalist at the 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier. The Huber Heights, Ohio, product, posted the lowest stroke-average in his high school’s conference all four years and holds every golf record at Wayne High School.

Current and former Ohio State golfers enjoyed a successful summer season in 2012, beginning with recent graduate Dan Charen and sophomore Grant Weaver. The pair qualified for the USGA U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in Utah, July 9-14. Also in July, sophomore Boo Timko won the Ohio Public Links Championship by sinking a 20-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole of the tournament.

The Ohio Amateur Championship (July 7-13) saw many Buckeyes have success, including a solid performance by former Buckeye Alex Redfield. The Columbus product fired rounds of 69-72-73-70–284 to finish in second place. Only a place behind him in third was alum Kevin Grabeman with a four-round total of 286. Grabeman also won the Ohio Mid-Amateur Championship this summer shooting 70-73=143.

The Buckeyes travel to Zionsville, Ind., for the Wolf Run Intercollegiate, Sept. 15-16.