Nov. 27, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio-Marc Anthony Lucas has been hired as the general manager of The Ohio State University Golf Club, Ben Jay, OSU senior associate athletics director for finance & operations, announced Monday.

Lucas, 40, brings more than 20 years of club management experience to Ohio State, which includes the last nine as a general manager. He has been involved with all areas of golf club management, including capital improvement, staff scheduling, budgets, purchasing and inventory control, membership programs, event promotion, marketing and facility maintenance.

A 1993 graduate of Franklin University in Columbus, Lucas is familiar with the management of Central Ohio golf courses. He held several positions at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, including co-manager of the golf shop from 1990-94. He then worked as the assistant general manager at The Country Club at Muirfied Village from 1994-97.

Most recently, Lucas was the general manager at the Hobe Sound (Fla.) Golf Club (May 2005-present) and the Secession Golf Club in Beaufort, S.C., from 2002-05. He was responsible for all aspects of club operations at each facility.

Lucas said The OSU Golf Club is moving in the right direction.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to work with The Ohio State Golf Club courses,” Lucas said. “I’m looking forward to helping the teams and the University, working with the members and promoting the club.

“The Scarlet Course looks terrific,” he said. “When I’ve played it before it was difficult and it looks more so now. The club itself is fantastic. What they’ve done is really nice. The Hall of Fame Wall and the upgrades to the club house are great. They are moving in the right direction and I’d like to help get them there.”

Jay said the Ohio State golf community will benefit from Lucas’ expertise.

“We are excited to have someone with his experience and quality coming to manage The Ohio State Golf Club,” Jay said. “With his management experience, he will be a great addition to our staff.”

Lucas, his wife Lori, a 1995 Ohio State graduate, and sons Luke, 6, and Mitchell, 4, plan to get started in Columbus on or around Dec. 15.