Feb. 6, 2003

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Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s golf team will travel to Gainesville, Fla., to compete in the 26th Annual Suntrust Gator Invitational. The tournament will take place at the par-72, 6,701-yard University of Florida Golf Course.

Competing in the Gator Invitational along with Ohio State will be Alabama, UAB, Augusta State, College of Charleston, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Kentucky, LSU, North Florida, Purdue, South Florida and Vanderbilt.

The 54-hole Gator Invitational is slated to begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Saturday with teams competing in two rounds the first day. The final round of competition will be on Sunday beginning at 8 a.m.

The Fall Season
The Ohio State men’s golf team competed in four tournaments during the fall season. The Buckeyes posted two Top 5 finishes at the Northern Invitational and the Gary Koch Invitational.

Top individuals for the Buckeyes were juniors Zach Doran and Kevin Hall. Doran and Hall finished the fall season by shooting a combined total of 11 rounds under par.

Heading into the spring season, head coach Jim Brown is pleased with the strides his young team has made during the break and hopes for a successful spring season.

“I think the team got a lot of good experience in the fall,” Brown said. “I think we worked hard over the break, we hit a lot of balls and we look forward to getting some grass underneath the ball.”

Last Time Out
The Ohio State men’s golf team concluded their 2002 fall season at the Aztec Invitational. The Buckeyes finished the tournament in seventh place with a combined score of 861. The tournament was held at the par-72, 7,088-yard Barona Creek Golf Course in Lakeside, Calif. San Diego State played host to the 54-hole event.

The top finisher for the Buckeyes was Zach Doran (Jr., Dublin, Ohio) who finished tied for fifth place. Doran finished the final round of the tournament with a score of 3-under par, 69. His round of 69 marks the ninth time this season Doran has shot under par.

Also turning in a strong performance for the Buckeyes was Darren Lundgren (So., Baldwin, Mo.). Lundgren concluded the final round of the fall season firing a 69. Lundgren finished the tournament tied for 27th.

Leading the Buckeyes
Competing for the Buckeyes at the Gator Invitational will be Scott Anderson, Zach Doran, Kevin Hall, Darren Lundgren and Peter Riddell.

Meet Coach Brown
Now in his 30th year as the Buckeyes’ head coach, Jim Brown has built Ohio State golf into one of the finest and most respected collegiate programs in the nation.

When the Buckeyes won the national title in 1979, it marked the first time in nearly two decades a northern school claimed the championship. Brown proved the 1979 season was no fluke as the program finished fourth in the NCAA’s in 1980, 1983, 1987 and again in 1997.

Brown earned National Coach-of-the-Year honors in both 1979 and 1986, and was named District IV Coach of the Year in consecutive seasons from 1977 through 1980 and again from 1982 through 1987. He also coached the NCAA All-Star Team that competed in Japan in 1979 and the 1999 Palmer Cup team that defeated a team of top collegiate players from Great Britain and Ireland.

His greatest personal achievement, however, came in 1989, when he was elected to the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame. Two years later, he was inducted into The Ohio State University Athletic Hall of Fame. Brown also was inducted into the Martins Ferry High School Hall of Fame in 1972 and the Ohio High School Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1994.

The winningest coach in OSU golf history, Brown has tutored one NCAA individual champ (Clark Burroughs – 1985), 11 Big Ten medalists, 86 All-Big Ten selections, 11 first team All-Americans and 39 other All-America honorees during his stay on the Columbus campus.

A native of Martins Ferry, Ohio, Brown is a 1966 Ohio State graduate. He played both basketball and golf for the Buckeyes, earning three letters in each sport.

Introducing Josh Hellmann
Josh Hellmann begins his first season with the Ohio State men’s golf team as an assistant coach. His resume includes three years of collegiate golf at the University of Minnesota and at the University of Louisville. Hellmann is best known for his work with the American Junior Golf Association where he has worked since 1999. In 2000 he was named tournament director and has been responsible for conducting six tournaments annually for the American Junior Golf Association.

Up Next
The Ohio State men’s golf team will return to action next week at the Matlock Invitational Feb. 17-18 in Lakeland, Fla.

Noting the Buckeyes …
Scott Anderson … posted his career best finish at the Koch Invitational (10/14-15/02) where he finished tied for 38th … qualified for the Sooner Invitational (9/16-17/02) and shot an opening round of 72, which was three strokes lower then his lowest score from 2001-02 … in 2001-02, Anderson competed in three rounds, compiling an average score of 74.7 per round.

Dave Bieterman … competed in his first tournament (the Northern Invite, 9/18-19/02) since the spring of 2001 … Bieterman decided to redshirt his sophomore year at OSU to give himself an extra year of eligibility with the Buckeyes … while at the Northern Intercollegiate, Bieterman shot a three-round total of 4-over par … his career totals include 15 rounds of total play for an average of 76.1 strokes per round and low round of 70 as a freshman at Wright State in 2000-01 … his best finish came at the Drury Intercollegiate (9/11-12/00) where he was fifth.

Justin Collins … by far the most experienced golfer on the team … plans to redshirt this season …through 36 rounds of play in 2001-02, Collins averaged 73.6 strokes per round … his best finish came at the Aztec Invitational where he tied for second, leading the Buckeyes to a first-place finish.

Zach Doran … took co-championship honors at the Koch Invitational (10/14-14/02) where he tied for first place … shot career low round of 64 during the first round of the Koch Invitational … opened the 2002-03 season with a 10-under 206 and a tie for second overall at the Sooner Invitational (9/16-17/02) … he tied a course record with a 65 in the final round Sept. 17 … that effort was a career-low effort at Ohio State … he has shot under par in four of six rounds this fall … has qualified for the last six tournaments, including the final three of 2002 … started his career at Florida Southern before transferring to Ohio State for the 2001-02 season.

Kevin Hall … continued his solid play at the Koch Invitational (10/14-15/02) where he placed tied for 28th … Hall began the 2002-03 season at the Northern Intercollegiate firing a three round score of 1-over par 214 … played in 15 rounds as a sophomore and hopes to have a break-out season for the Buckeyes … during his 15 rounds of play last year, Hall averaged 75.7 strokes per round … his low round came at the Aztec Invitational where fired a 68 during the second round of play.

Darren Lundgren … qualified for his third consecutive tournament during the fall season at the Koch Invitational (10/14-15/02) where he placed tied for 42nd … qualified for the Sooner Invitational (9/16-17/02) and placed 16th, shooting a three-round total of 3-under par … his low round of the tournament came during the second round where he shot a career low of 68 … his round of 68 is a 12-stroke improvement from his low round from last season.

Zack Randol … competed in his second tournament of the year at the Northern Intercollegiate (9/28-29/02) … Randol finished with a three round score of 1-under par 216 … his low round came during the final round of competition where he shot a 1 under par score of 70.

Peter Riddell … opened the 2002-03 season at the Sooner Invitational (9/16-17/02) … was as the only OSU freshman to qualify for the Sooner Invitational … his low round at the tournament were a pair of 77’s … played as an individual at the Northern Invitational (9/28-29/02).

David Vallina … qualified for the only tournament of the season at the Koch Invitational (10/14-15/02) … placed tied for 51st … Vallina was the only freshman to qualify for the Koch Invitational and just the second freshman to qualify during the fall season.