Oct. 28, 2014
Photo courtesy of Middle Tennessee State University Athletics
COLLEGE GROVE, Tenn. – The Ohio State University men’s golf team concluded its fall season with a bang, posting a first place finish at The Intercollegiate at The Grove. Ohio State entered the final round tied for fourth before completing an impressive 7-under 281 to seize the tournament trophy with considerable room to spare. Sophomore Clark Engle paved the way, registering daily low scores in each of the final two rounds with a 70 and 68, respectively, on his way to medalist accolades.
The Buckeyes captured the championship by eight strokes over second-place Troy University. Ohio State totaled 874 (+10) for the 193rd tournament championship in program history and the second this Fall after their victory at The Jack Nicklaus Invitational (Sept. 28-29).
The individual crown is Engle’s career first and marks his third top-5 finish in four tournaments this season. Engle registered a tournament-high 39 pars and contributed a team-high 10 birdies to the Buckeye’s tournament-leading 42 birdies overall.
Fourth-year players Boo Timko and Grant Weaver both finished tied for eighth by carding final scores of 5-over (221). Weaver tied Engle for the best round of the day on Tuesday with a score of 4-under (68) to jump 29 spots to his final standing. Timko now has 23 top-25 showings and 10 top-10 performances while Weaver has tallied 14 and 6 of his own.
Logan Jones and Nick Sparling wrapped up the Buckeye lineup. Jones ended the tournament tied for 26th overall, going 9-over (69-80-76). Nick Sparling was five shots and thirteen slots back, coming in at 39th with a 230 (75-83-72). Sparling, a freshman from Dublin, Ohio, finished the tournament with an even-par 72 to wrap up his first collegiate action.
Ohio State has now finished in the top-3 in four of five tournaments this season. The Buckeyes will return to the course in February, when they travel to Palm Coast, Fla., to compete in the Big Ten Match Play Championships at Hammock Beach Resort Feb. 15-16.
1st – Team – 293-300-281–874 (+10)
1st – Clark Engle – 75-70-68–213 (-3)
T-8th – Boo Timko – 74-74-73–221 (+5)
T-8th – Grant Weaver – 77-76-68–221 (+5)
T-26th – Logan Jones – 69-80-76–225 (+9)
T-39th – Nick Sparling – 75-83-72–230 (+14)