April 25, 2002

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s golf team will travel to East Lansing, Mich., this weekend to compete in the Bruce Fossum/Taylor Made Invitational. The tournament plays host to 15 teams at the Forest Akers West Course (7,003, Par 72). The field includes eight Big Ten schools including the Buckeyes and tournament hosts Michigan Sate. The tournament will last two days (April 27-28) with two rounds Saturday beginning with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m., and the final round Sunday with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

2001 Fossum Invitational
Ohio State finished in fifth place at the 33rd annual Bruce Fossum/TeamGear Invitational. The Buckeyes scored 298-284-295=877 to end the two-day competition hosted by Michigan State at the Forest Akers West Golf Club (par 71, 6,764 yards) in East Lansing, Mich. The Buckeyes fell 26 strokes behind tournament leader Northwestern, which posted a team score of 851.

Ohio State’s top individual performance came from team captain Mike Austin 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.

Last Time Out
The Ohio State men’s golf team finished tied for ninth place (299-298=597) after rain ended the 33rd Robert Kepler Intercollegiate Tournament, presented by Cleveland Golf, April 13-14. The results following the second round stood as final. Buckeye senior Scott Miller tied for second overall, four shots behind Lee Williamson of Purdue, who fired a 68 in rouund to take the tournament lead (71-68=139) and tournament medallist honors.

UNLV was team champion at 576 (288-288) followed by Colorado (579) and Purdue (582).

Ohio State Welcomes NCAA Tournament for 10th Time at Scarlet Course
The 2002 NCAA Men’s Golf Tournament will be played at The OSU Scarlet Course May 27-June 1, 2001 in Columbus, Ohio. It marks the 10th time the NCAA championship will be determined on Ohio State’s historic Scarlet Course and the first time since 1995.

The Buckeyes missed qualifying for the 2001 NCAA Tournament by one stroke but expect to make a push in 2002 to play on their home course in NCAA tournament play.

Brown Has Veteran Squad Returning
Ohio State returns four student-athletes who played the majority of the 2000-01 schedule for Jim Brown, Buckeye head coach.

Brown, in his 29th season as the men’s golf coach at Ohio State, has led the Buckeyes to 22 NCAA Tournament appearances. His teams have won 16 Big Ten titles and have finished among the Top 2 in the Big Ten Conference 24 times.

Leading the Buckeyes this year are a trio of seniors. Jason Oien, Ryan Dennis and Doug Wade are the most experienced Buckeyes in 2001-02. Junior Justin Collins has played in all but one tournament for the Buckeyes. Sophomore Kevin Hall came out of a redshirt season last year to help the Buckeyes to a pair of tournament wins.

Newcomers Could Become Factor
Freshman newcomers Darren Lundgren (Baldwin, Mo.) and Matt Boudreau (St. Ann, Ill.) each are expected to push the veterans for a spot among the Top 5 as the season progresses.

Lundgren was an American Junior Golf Association All-American and played for the USA World Junior Golf Cup Team which defeated Canada at St. Andrew’s golf course in Scotland.

Boudreau, who played in his first tournament as a Buckeye at the Gary Koch Invitational (Oct. 15-16), was the Illinois Junior National Champion in 2000, the same year he led his high school team to the Illinois State championship.

Captains Selected
Following a team vote Oct. 11, 2001 Ryan Dennis , Jason Oien and Justin Collins were selected captains for the 2001-02 Buckeyes.

Noting the Buckeyes
Doug Wade: Led the Buckeyes to a third place finish at the Marshall Invite (4/5-6) with his second place finish (217, +4)…Currently second on the team with a 72.8 stroke average in nine tournaments … completed fall play with second-lowest scoring average on the team (71.3) after 4-under par effort (212) at the Aztec Invitational (11/5-6) … fired the low round (64) of his career and on the team for the fall in the second round at the Aztec Inv. … Wade finished the Ping/Golfweek Preview (Sept. 28-30) with back-to-back sub-par rounds to on his way to a score of 211 for the 54-hole event … he finished tied for second after a 4-under 67 in the final round … had streak of four-consecutive rounds under par snapped with a final round 73 (T10 overall) at the Red River Classic (10/8-9) … had a pair of Top 10 finishes in the fall … 5-of-12 rounds this season have been below par, including four in the 60s.

Justin Collins: Leads the Buckeyes with a 72.7 scoring average after 26 rounds and nine tournaments this seasons … finished the fall with a 70.4 scoring average, lowest on the team, after a 9-under 207 (tied for second overall) at the Aztec Invitational (11/5-6) … shot 11-under over the final two rounds at the Aztec to help Buckeyes claim the team title … Collins fired back-to-back rounds under par to finish tied for the No. 9 spot at the Ping/Golfweek Preview (Sept. 28-30) … playing in the No. 1 spot for the Buckeyes, he helped move the team from 12th position after the first round to a No. 4 finish against some of the nation’s best teams in the Ping Preview … 8-of-18 rounds this season have been below par, including five in the 60s … had three Top 10 finishes in the fall … shot 3-under par 213 at Red River Classic (10/8-9) and 5-under at Gary Koch Inv.

Ryan Dennis: Responded well after a shaky start to the Ping Preview (Sept. 28-30) … followed first round 76 by shooting par over the final two days combined to tie for 16th with a 54-hole total of 218 … 3 rounds below par this season, including a 69 at Red River Classic (10/8)…was the Buckeye’s second best finisher at the Marshall Invite by finishing in a tie for 18th.

Kevin Hall: Helped Buckeyes move to within striking distance in the second round of the Aztec Invitational (11/5-6) with a second round 68 … the Buckeyes shot 20-under par (268) in round two, winning the 54-hole event by one stroke over the host Aztecs … Hall shot 226 over the three days of the Ping/Golfweek Preview (Sept. 28-30) to tie for 52nd at +13 (75-76-75) … helped OSU to a pair of tournament wins as a freshman after foregoing a redshirt season in the late spring to compete … played in two fall tournaments as a sophomore.

Jason Oien: Finished No. 3 on the team with a 72.3 scoring average in the fall … is currently third overall after eight tournaments with a scoring average of 73.7 … shot 7-under (209) to finish tied for sixth in helping the Buckeyes to the Aztec Invitational title (11/5-6) … struggled out of the gate in the first two rounds of the Ping/Golfweek Preview (Sept. 28-30) but finished strong with a final round 73 to help the Buckeyes to a No. 4 finish at The OSU Scarlet Course … led Buckeyes with a 7-under 209 effort at the Red River Classic (T 7) … shot final round 68, one of seven rounds in the 60s … finished the fall with a pair of Top 10 finishes.

Scott Anderson: Anderson was a decorated high school golfer at Great Falls (Mont.) … won the state individual title as sophomore and junior before finishing second as a senior … a three-time all-state selection, Anderson won seven individual tournaments as a prep athlete and was a four-time academic all-state honoree … played in his first tournament as a Buckeye at the Red River Classic.

Matt Boudreau: Boudreau made his first tournament appearance with the Buckeyes at the Gary Koch Inv. (Oct. 15-16) … struggled in the first round but was just 2-over par over the final 36 holes, including a career-low 72 in the final round … the St. Ann, Ill., native won the 2000 Illinois Junior Amateur Championship and led Bishop McNamara to the state title that year.

Scott Miller: Has played in four spring tournaments for the Buckeyes, and was the top finisher for the OSU at the rain-shortened Kepler Invite (4/12-13) with a (+1) 143 … finished second among his teammates at the Gator Invitational (2/9-10) with a (+11) 221 for the tournament … Miller made his first appearance of the fall season and first since his junior campaign in 1999-00 at the Aztec Invitational (11/5-6) … shot a 1-under 71 in the final round as the Buckeyes won by one stroke at the Aztec Inv. … before the Aztec Inv., the fifth-year senior last competed at the Kepler Invitational (4/14-15, 2000), hosted by Ohio State … he finished tied for 19th place in that event.