Feb. 8, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s golf team opened up the spring season in winning fashion, advancing to the semifinals of the Big Ten Match Play Championships for the third-straight year. The Buckeyes were led by freshmen Michael Bernard and Tee-k Kelly in the fifth-annual tournament held on par 72, 7,474-yard The Concessions Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.

The fifth-seeded Buckeyes kicked off the day with a 3-1-1 win over 12th-seeded Wisconsin and followed with a 2-1-2 win over fourth-seeded Indiana to advance.

In the first round, Kelly captured a 3&2 win over Wisconsin’s Tom Welk and recorded three birdies over 16 holes played. Bernard finished the round with a 3&2 win over Matt Ross, closing with back-to-back birdies on his way to victory. Senior Matt Turner picked up the Buckeyes third win of the round, defeating Rob Jacobson 3&1.

Bernard recorded the squad’s first win against Indiana, earning a 7&5 victory over Corey Ziedonis. Bernard opened the round 1-up and never looked back. Classmate Max Rosenthal followed with a 4&3 win over Hoosier Hugo Menendez.

Kelly and Turner each came from behind to tie their matches against Indiana. Turner played from behind most of the round before recorded an eagle and a par to come from 2-down. Kelly sealed the Buckeye win over the Hoosiers, finishing all square with Michael McGee.

Sophomores Boo Timko and Grant Weaver also competed for the Buckeyes on the day. Timko finished all square vs. Wisconsin’s Chris Meyer, but fell to Indiana’s Brant Peaper 5&4. Weaver dropped a 3&2 match to Badger Thomas O’Bryan.

Ohio State returns to the course Saturday morning and faces top-seeded Illinois. The winner will take on either Michigan State or Iowa in the championship match Saturday afternoon. Live stats are available at

Big Ten Match Play Championship – Day One
The Concession Golf Club, Bradenton, Fla.
Par 72, 7,474 yards

Round 1
Michigan def. Minnesota, 3-2
Michigan State def. Penn State, 4-1
Purdue def. Nebraska, 3-2
Ohio State def. Wisconsin, 3-1-1
                Boo Timko vs. Chris Meyer, all square
                Grant Weaver lost to Thomas O’Bryan, 3&2
                Tee-k Kelly def. Tom Welk, 3&2
                Michael Bernard def. Matt Ross, 3&2
                Matt Turner def. Rob Jacobson, 3&1

Round 2
Illinois def. Michigan, 4-0-1
Michigan State def. Northwestern, 5-0
Iowa def. Purdue, 4-1-0
Ohio State def. Indiana, 2-1-2
                Boo Timko lost to Brant Peaper, 5&4
                Tee-k Kelly vs. Michael McGee, all square
                Max Rosenthal def. Hugo Menendez, 4&3
                Michael Bernard def. Corey Ziedonis, 7&5
                Matt Turner vs. David Mills, all square