Buckeyes in 12th at 3-over and within striking distance of several teams

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s golf team began action in its first stroke-play tournament of the spring season, shooting a score of 291 in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Classic Sunday in Rio Grande. The three-day, 54-hole event is being held on the par 72, 6,902-yard Rio Mar River Course.

Despite finishing just 3-over par, the Buckeyes are in 12th place, but are only strokes away from climbing up the leaderboard with Northwestern and Virginia Tech tied for 10th at 290 and Alabama in ninth at even-par 288.

Top-ranked Oklahoma State leads the 15-team field at 13-under 275. Kevin Tway of the Cowboys is atop the individual standings after firing a 65.

Freshman Matt Turner led the Buckeyes with a 71 to tie for 26th after his first career round under par. Senior Brad Wright was just behind with a score of 72 to tie for 32nd.

Juniors Bo Hoag and Brad Smith each opened with a round of 74 to tie for 47th, while classmate Michael Cress had a 75 to tie for 55th.

Round two of the Puerto Rico Classic begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Monday.

Puerto Rico Classic – Round 1
Rio Mar River Course, Rio Grande, P.R.
Par 72, 6,902 yards

Team Standings Scores
1. Oklahoma State 275 (-13)
2. Texas  277 (-11)
3. Clemson  281 (-7)
4. East Tennessee St. 284 (-4)
5. Georgia Tech  285 (-3)
T-6. Purdue  286 (-2)
T-6. Georgia  286 (-2)
T-6. Kent State  286 (-2)
9. Alabama  288 (E)
T-10. Northwestern 290 (+2)
T-10. Virginia Tech 290 (+2)
12. Ohio State  291 (+3)
13. Oklahoma  292 (+4)
14. Michigan  293 (+5)
15. UNC Greensboro 294 (+6)

Ohio State Results Scores
T-26. Matt Turner 71 (-1)
T-32. Brad Wright 72 (E)
T-47. Bo Hoag  74 (+2)
T-47. Brad Smith 74 (+2)
T-55. Michael Cress 75 (+3)