Oct. 12, 2002
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The Koch Invitational
The Ohio State men’s golf team will travel to Tampa, Fla., to compete in the Gary Koch Invitational featuring teams from the Southestern part of the country. The tournament will be held at the par 72, 7,247-yard, Old Memorial Golf Course.
Competing in the Gary Koch Invitational along with Ohio State will be, College of Charleston, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Ohio State, Arkansas, Central Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Florida, Rhode Island, South Florida, Tennessee, Toledo and Vanderbilt.
The 54-hole Gary Koch Invitational is slated to begin Oct. 14th with tee times begining at 8 a.m. Competition Monday will include two rounds of play which will lead into the final round of competition Oct. 15th.
Last Time Out
The Ohio State men’s golf team concluded play at the Northern Intercollegiate (9/28-29), finishing the tournament with a three round score of 860. The Buckeyes finished the event in a fifth-place tie with Indiana.
The Northern Intercollegiate was held at the Indiana University Golf Course. The par 71, 6,942-yard course will be the site of the 2003 Big Ten Championships.
Kevin Hall (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) led Ohio State at 1-over par (214) tying him for 16th place. Hall tied his career low round with a third-round score of 68.
Zack Randol (So., Lawrence, NY.) also had an impressive showing finishing at 3-over par 216 to place 25th overall. James Lepp of Illinois won the tournament with a score of 11-under 202. The Illini won the tournament with a team score of 844.
Leading the Buckeyes
Competing for the Buckeyes at the Koch Invite will be Scott Anderson, Zach Doran, Kevin Hall, Darren Lundgren and David Vallina.
Hall leads the Buckeyes into the Koch Invitational after posting the top score at the Northern Intercollegiate. While at the Northern Intercollegiate, Hall posted a score of 1-over par 214. Hall also fired a final round score of 68 which tied his career low round performance.
Doran also will make the trip for the Buckeyes to Tampa. The Koch Invitational will mark the third tourament Doran will be competing in this season. At the Northern Intercollegiate, Doran stumbled out of the gate shooting two first round scores of 74 but rebounded in the final round firing a 1-under par score of 70. Earlier this season at the Sooner Invitational, Doran set a personal best with a second-place tie after he fired a career-low 65 in the final round.
Lundgren also returns to the lineup for the third time this season. He concluded the Northern Intercollegiate tied for 47th. His best finish came at the Sooner Invitational where he placed 16th overall with a score of 213.
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 was also 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 will begin 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.
Noting the Buckeyes …
Scott Anderson … qualified for the Sooner Invitational and shot an opening round of 72, which was three strokes lower then his lowest score from last year … 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) 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 the redshirt this season …through 36 rounds of play last season, 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 … opened the 2002-03 season with a 10-under 206 and a tie for second overall at the Sooner Invitational (9/16-17) … 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 … 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 the Sooner Invitational 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 tourament of the year at the Northern Intercollegiate … 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 one under par score of 70.
Peter Riddell … opened the 2002-03 season at the Sooner Invitational … was as the only OSU freshman to qualify for the Sooner Invitational … his low round at the tournament were a pair of 77s … played as an individual at the Northern Invitational.