Oct. 20, 2002
The Aztec Invitational
The Ohio State men’s golf team will travel to San Diego, Calif., to compete in the Aztec Invitational. The tournament will be held at the par 72, 6,884-yard, Barona Creek Golf Club.
Competing in the Aztec Invitational along with Ohio State will be, BYU, California, Colorado State, Denver, Fresno State, UNC-Greensboro, Hawaii, Louisville, New Mexico, Neveda, Texas A&M, Texas-El Paso, Texas-San Antonio and Washington State.
The 54-hole Aztec Invitational is slated to begin Oct. 21st. Competition on Monday will include two rounds of play which will lead into the final round of competition Oct. 22nd.
Last time out
The Ohio State men’s golf team placed fourth at the Cleveland Golf/Gary Koch Invitational at Old Memorial Golf Course in Tampa, Fla. The Buckeyes totaled a 5-under par 271 in the second round of the tournament to capture their second Top 5 finish of the 2002-03 season. The tournament was called midway through the third round because of threatening weather.
The Buckeyes were led by Zach Doran (Jr., Dublin, Ohio) as he shot a final round score of 71 to finish the tournament at (-9). Doran completed the tournament tied for first place overall with Vanderbilt golfer Brandt Snedeker.
The University of Florida which played host to the event, won the tournament with a combined score of 564 over the two rounds of play.
Leading the Buckeyes
Competing for the Buckeyes at the Aztec Invitational will be Scott Anderson, Zach Doran, Kevin Hall, Darren Lundgren and Zack Randol.
Doran leads the Buckeyes into the Aztec Invitational after posting his top career finish at the Koch Invitational. While at the Koch Invitational, Doran posted a score of 9-over par 135. Doran opened the tournament firing an opening round score of 64 setting a career low for also fired a final round score of 68 which tied his career low round performance.
Hall also will make the trip for the Buckeyes to San Diego. The Aztec Invitational will mark the third tournament Hall will be competing in this season. Last Week at the Koch Invitational, Hall completed a solid tournament finishing 1 over par (145) were he finished tied for 28th. Earlier this season at the Northern Intercollegiate, Hall tied his career low round of 68.
Anderson also returns to the lineup for the third time this season. He concluded the Koch Invitational tied for 38th. Anderson opened the tournament shooting an even score of par leading to his best finish of the season.
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 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 … post his career best finish at the Koch Invitational where he finished tied for 38th … 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 to 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 … took co-championship honors at the Koch Invitational 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) … 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 where 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 where he placed tied for 42nd … 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 tournament 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 1 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.
Dave Vallina … qualified for his tournament of the season at the Koch Invitational … 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.