May 9, 2004
Post Round Interview w/ Kevin Hall
Men’s Golf Captures Numerous Big Ten Accolades
A Truly Special Mother’s Day – (BigTen.org Feature on Kevin Hall)
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s golf team captured its first Big Ten championships crown since 1997 and its 23rd overall title Sunday at the 2004 Big Ten Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Buckeyes held off second-place Illinois by five strokes as Ohio State fired a final round score of 284 for a three-round total of 842. The event was hosted by the University of Michigan and was held at the par 71, 6,704-yard University of Michigan Golf Course in Ann Arbor, Mich.
“They just played terrific,” Ohio State head coach Jim Brown said. “They were not going to be denied. Illinois made a charge but we made some birdies down the stretch to hold them off and win by five.”
The Buckeyes’ Big Ten title was the 17th under Brown, who was named 2004 Big Ten Coach of the Year for the third time in his career, following the event.
Senior Kevin Hall (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Rita School for the Deaf) captured medallist honors for the second time in his last four tournaments and was the first Ohio State golfer since Ryan Armour in 1998 to finish first at the Big Ten championships. Hall’s first-place finish in the event is Ohio State’s 18th individual medallist in program history.
“Kevin played great,” Brown said. “He played his game. He drove the ball in the fairway, played a solid iron game and got the ball close on the greens. It was then just a matter of making some putts, which he did.”
During the final round, Hall fired his third consecutive round under 70 with a score of 68. Throughout the tournament, Hall rolled in 16 birdies, one eagle, two bogeys and one double bogey to top the field by 11 strokes. Hall finished the tournament with a three-round total of 199 en route to numerous Big Ten accolades, which included 2004 First Team All-Big Ten and 2004 Big Ten All-Championship Team.
Senior Brett Williams (Circleville, Ohio/Otterbein) also turned in a solid tournament for the Buckeyes as he finished with a final round score of 72, for a three-round total of 213 to tie for seventh in his first Big Ten championships appearance.
“As a team, we competed well,” Brown said. “We don’t fear anyone but we respect our opponents. We did not back down. This team can play better than people think. This weekend we showed how we are capable of playing.”
The Ohio State men’s golf team returns to action May 20-22 at the 2004 NCAA Regional Championships. The Top 8 teams from each regional advance to 2004 NCAA Championships in Hot Springs, Va.
Ohio State men’s golf notes:
-The Buckeyes three round total of 842 ranks as the lowest three-round total in Big Ten history surpassing the mark set last season by the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
-Ohio State senior Kevin Hall’s three-round total of 199 0is the lowest three-round total by an individual in the Big Ten championships.
-The Ohio State men’s and women’s golf teams finished first in the Big Ten championships in the same season for the first time since 1997.
-quotes from Ohio State senior Kevin Hall commenting on the tournament following rounds one and round two can be found here at www.bigten.org.
Pl. Teams Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Total 1. Ohio State 279 279 284 842 2. Illinois 279 291 277 847 3. Minnesota 287 279 282 848 4. Purdue 287 289 284 860 5. Indiana 286 291 288 865 6. Penn State 291 285 293 869 T7. Michigan 297 292 282 871 T7. Northwestern 292 288 291 871 9. Iowa 295 288 290 873 10. Michigan State 287 293 296 876 11. Wisconsin 299 300 298 897
Pl. Individuals Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Total 1. Kevin Hall 66 65 68 199 T7. Brett Williams 67 74 72 213 T13. Scott Anderson 74 68 73 215 T13. Zach Doran 72 72 71 215 T43. Nate Strong 76 75 74 225