May 3, 2001

The Ohio State men’s golf team competes at the Big Ten Championship, May 4-6. The tournament will be hosted by the University of Illinois at the Stone Creek Golf Club (par 72, 7,118 yards) in Urbana, Ill.

The 2001 championship will be only the second collegiate tournament ever played on the course which was built in 1999. Purdue won the team title of the Northern Intercollegiate, the first tournament held on the course, in 2000 and Penn State’s Matt Abbott won individual honors. Andy Matthews of Michigan holds the men’s lowest round record at Stone Creek, shooting a 68.

The first round will begin Friday at 1:30 p.m. The second and third rounds will be played Saturday beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the final round will be played Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Northwestern was the Big Ten Champion in 2000, shooting 281-286-303-290=1,160. The 2000 individual medalist of the Big Ten Championship was Luke Donald of Northwestern, shooting 72-68-73-74=287. Purdue was the host of the 2000 Big Ten Championship, in which OSU captured fourth place, scoring 297-300-303-301=1,201.

Fifth Place Finish At Fossum

Ohio State finished in fifth place at the Fossum Invitational, April 28-29. The tournament leading up to the Big Ten Championship. The Buckeyes scored 298-284-295=877 to finish the competition hosted by Michigan State 26 strokes behind team title winner, Northwestern, which posted a team score of 851.

Ohio State’s top individual performance came from team captain Mike Austin (Sr., Burton, Mich./Flint Powers Catholic), who fired a three-round total of 214 for fourth place. Austin shot a one-under par 70 in the second round and shot a 71 for par in the third round. Jason Oien (Jr., Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) was next for the Buckeyes shooting a 218 with a one-under par 70 in the second round to tie for 17th place. Ryan Dennis (Jr., Stow, Ohio/ Walsh Jesuit) fired a three-round total of 224 to tie for the 41st spot and Justin Collins (So., Ironton, Ohio/Ironton) shot a 228 for a tie in the 58th position. Kevin Hall (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio/ St. Rita) finished with a 78-73-78=229 for 62nd place.

Team Leader Mike Austin

Mike Austin, in his senior year at OSU and fourth year competing for the Buckeyes has been a huge contributor to the team. He is team captain for the second-consecutive year, a well-deserved title.

Austin has been OSU’s top finisher in five of 12 tournaments in 2000-01and has competed in all 12. Austin won medalist honors at the Marshal Invitational and broke the tournament record for lowest score after two rounds and tied the tournament record for lowest individual score. As a team, OSU broke the record for lowest score at the tournament.

Austin has the second-lowest stroke average on the Buckeye squad, with a 73.7 over 36 rounds this season. Austin also holds the record low round of this season with a 65, shot at the Gator Invitational, Feb. 10. He has broke the season record twice for lowest tourney, scoring 208 at the Gator Invitational, Feb. 10-11 and at the Marshall Invitational, April 6-7.

Head Coach Jim Brown

As the head coach of the men’s golf team in his 28th season, Jim Brown has been with the Buckeyes longer than any other coach on the Ohio State coaching staff. Brown has defeated 4,966 teams at the helm of the Buckeyes. His record stands at 4,966-1,212-25. His best season with the Buckeyes was in 1982-83 when he led the Buckeyes to a Big Ten title with a season record of 237-3-0.

Under Brown, OSU has won 16 Big Ten titles, the last in 1997,and placed second in the conference eight times. Brown has 153 tournament wins under his belt and a national championship in 1979.

Brown has been recognized on a national level for excellence in coaching, having been elected to the Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame in 1989.

This Week’s Top Six:

Mike Austin

Austin is a second-year team captain and holds the record for the lowest round shot this season for the Buckeyes, shooting 65 in Round 1 at the Gator Invitational, Feb. 10-11. Austin also holds the season record with David Wagenseller for the lowest tournament this spring, shooting a three-round total of 208 at the Gator Invite. Austin has been OSU’s top finisher in five of 12 tournaments in 2000-01and has competed in all 12. Austin captured medalist honors at the Marshall Invite this season and tied the record set in 1998. Austin came in second for the Buckeyes in a tie for 6th place at the Kepler tournament to help the Buckeyes take the title.

Austin’s Career Statistics Rounds Avg. Low Round 1997-98 41 73.5 66 1998-99 18 78.8 74 1999-00 33 74.4 67 2000-01 36 73.7 65 Totals 128 75.1 65

Ryan Dennis

Dennis played in his first tournament this season and came in second for OSU, scoring 69-71-71=211 to tie for 29th at the Gator Invite. As a sophomore, Dennis was the top OSU finisher at the 1999 Northern Intercollegiate and at the 2000 Arizona-Ping Invite. His career-low round of 67 at the 1999 Red River Classic tied him for the lowest score on the team during the 1999-00 season. At the Matlock Classic, March 5-6, Dennis was the top finisher for OSU in 10th place.

Dennis’ Career Statistics Rounds Avg. Low Round 1998-99 22 77.2 72 1999-00 39 74.8 67 2000-01 21 74.7 67 Totals 82 75.5 67

Jason Oien

Oien was the top OSU finisher at the Inverness Intercollegiate Sept. 18-19 in a tie for 13th place. Oien had his lowest career round of 68 this season at the Gator Invite, Feb. 10-11. Oien was the top finisher for the Buckeyes at the Chris Schenkel Invitational, March 24-25, shooting a three-round total of 221(+5) to tie for 35th place.

Oien’s Career Statistics Rounds Avg . Low Round 1998-99 4 74.5 71 1999-00 39 74.7 69 2000-01 33 74.9 68 Totals 67 74.8 68

Kevin Hall

Hall competed in his first collegiate tournament with the Buckeyes at the Marshall Invite, April 6-7. Hall scored 71-71-71=217 to tie for 10th place and help in the team effort to win the tournament title with the team three-round total of 839. In Hall’s second collegiate tournament, the Kepler Intercollegiate, April 14-15, Hall captured second place overall and was OSU’s top finisher.

Hall’s Statistics Rounds Avg Low Round 2000-01 9 73.4 70

Justin Collins

Collins was the 2000 Jack Nicklaus low fall qualifier this year for the Buckeyes shooting an average of 70.8. Collins competed as a freshman, finishing on top for OSU and in ninth place overall at the 2000 Matlock Collegiate Classic with a score of 218. He fired his career-low round at the Red River Classic, Oct. 11-12, 2000 and at the 2000 Gator Invitational. Collins saw action this season so far in nine of 11 tournaments played.

Collin’s Career Statistics Rounds Avg. Low Round 1999-00 36 75.7 68 2000-01 27 77.9 68 Totals 57 76.8 66

Jeff Olson

Olson made his debut this season. His first tournament played was at the Red River Classic, Oct. 9-10 where he tied for 62nd place, scoring 72-77-75=224. He also competed at the Western Intercollegiate where he scored 77-77-77=251 for 68th place. Olson competed unattached from OSU as an individual at the Kepler Intercollegiate and finished in a tie for sixth place.

Olson’s career statistics Rounds Avg. Low Round 2000-01 6 79.1 72 Totals 6 79.1 72