May 25, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Justin Collins, a four-time all-Ohio First Team selection from Ironton, Ohio, has signed an NCAA national letter of intent to play for Buckeye head men’s golf coach Jim Brown.%^$

%^$ “I feel like he was the best player in Ohio last year,” Brown said. “We are real excited he chose Ohio State. I think he is capable of coming in and contributing immediately %^$next year.”%^$

%^$ Collins has compiled a long list of accomplishments.%^$


Named Prep “All-American” by the National Athletic MeritEndorsement Service (NAMES).
%^$ Selected to the Top 100 High School All-Americans by thenational recruiting service.
%^$ Four time all-Ohio First Team Selection.
%^$ Led Ironton High School to three-consecutive Ohio High Schoolstate golf championships (ties state record).
%^$ Individual state finishes: Freshman–4th; Sophomore–2nd;Junior–1st; Senior–T 1st (lost in playoff).
%^$ 1997 Ohio High School Individual Champion…played on The OhioState University Scarlet Course…shot 69/70 for a 139 to set newcourse record for Ohio High School state tournaments.
%^$ Three-time Ohio Junior Champion (1996. ’97, ’98). Ties JackNicklaus as only person to win three-consecutive titles.
%^$ Selected American Junior Golf Association “Exempt” player(1997, ’98, ’99).
%^$ Three AJGA Top 5 finishes.
%^$ AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions Participant.
%^$ AJGA Boys Junior Championship Participant.
%^$ Won 1997 USGA Junior Qualifier, Muirfield Village Country Club,Columbus, Ohio with record score 68/72 (140 over a field of397).
%^$ Won 1996 Optimist International Tournament at PGA National14-15 age division.
%^$ 1995 Tri-State Player of the Year (Ohio, Kentucky, WestVirginia).
%^$ All-SE Ohio District Basketball Team (18.2 ppg., 6.3 rpg.)%^$


-Go Bucks!-%^$