Ohio State concludes fall season Nov. 10-12 in the Aloha State

COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s golf team concludes its fall season when the Buckeyes travel to Hawaii to compete in the Turtle Bay Resort Invitational, Nov. 10-12 in Oahu. The 54-hole event is hosted by the University of Hawaii and played at the Turtle Bay Resort on the Fazio and Palmer courses.
    The 19-team field will play 18 holes all three days of the event and begin at 7:30 a.m. (Hawaiian Time) each day.

Name: Turtle Bay Resort Invitational
Course: Turtle Bay Resort Fazio Course (Par 72, 6,535 yards); Palmer Course (Par 72, 7,218)
Field: 19 teams Baylor, Cal Poly, College of Charleston, Hawaii (host), Long Beach State, Louisiana-Monroe, Mississippi State, New Mexico State, Ohio State, Oregon State, Pepperdine, Point Loma Nazarene, Saint Mary’s (Calif.), San Diego State, Santa Clara, Texas, Texas-Arlington, UC Irvine, UNLV
Monday, Nov. 10: 18 holes, Fazio Course
Tuesday, Nov. 11: 18 holes, Palmer Course
Wednesday, Nov. 12: 18 holes, Fazio Course

    Traveling to Hawaii to compete will be senior Vaughn Snyder, juniors Brad Wright and Patrick Simard, and sophomores Bo Hoag and Brad Smith. Hoag, Snyder and Wright have competed in all four fall tournaments. It is the second tournament for Smith and Simard.

   Turtle Bay Resort is one of the most known and glamorous resorts in the country. Home to the Palmer and Fazio courses, the resort plays host to the PGA Champions Tour’s Turtle Bay Championship an event won by the likes of Bob Charles, Tommy Aaron, Hale Irwin, Loren Roberts and Fred Funk.
   Designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, the Palmer course is a challenging set up. The front nine is a links style course, featuring rolling hills, sand and plenty of wind. Golfers will play a totally different course on the back nine with a forest of pine trees and wetlands. The signature hole, 17, is right on the ocean and surrounded by bunkers. The green is on a plateau making the landing area difficult to attack. The course rating is 74.4 with a slope of 143.
   The Fazio Course is the only course in the state designed by the famed George Fazio. It features a more traiditional course with wide fairways, large bunkers and near perfect greens. The Fazio Course has also played home to world class tournaments, the LPGA Tour’s Hawaiian Open and the  first Senior Skins Game, which included four legends, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Sam Sneed and Chi Chi Rodriguez. The course rating is 71.2 with a slope of 131.

  The Buckeyes had a three-day, 54 hole total of 898 (+34) at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at the Ridges to finish 14th in the event. Vaughn Snyder led the Buckeyes for the tournament, finishing tied for 18th at 4-over 220. It was Snyder’s third Top 20 finish on the season. Bo Hoag was two shots back at 6-over 222 and finished for 30th.

    In the Golfweek/Sagarin college golf rankings released this week, the Ohio State men’s golf team is ranked 44th in the country. The Buckeyes won the Memphis Intercollegiate earlier this season, which was shortened to 36 holes because of inclement weather, by three strokes over host Memphis. On the season, Ohio State has a record of 26-17 after three events.
    Senior co-captain Vaughn Snyder, who won medalist honors in Memphis, is the 26th ranked individual. Snyder won the Memphis Intercollegiate by six shots and has finished in the Top 20 in every event this season. The victory was Snyder’s second as a collegian.
    Bo Hoag, a sophomore from Upper Arlington, Ohio, is ranked 54th after two Top 10 finishes. Hoag finished fourth at the William H. Tucker Invitational and tied for eighth at the Memphis Intercollegiate.

    Three Buckeyes Bo Hoag, Vaughn Snyder and Brad Wright have competed in every fall tournament this season. All three have carded two rounds under par, while Snyder has finished in the Top 20 at all three events and Hoag and Wright in two of three. They also have the top three stroke averages on the team. Snyder leads with 72.38, followed by Hoag at 72.63 and Wright with 74.50.

    Senior tri-captain Vaughn Snyder transferred to Ohio State the middle of last season and has made an immediate impact in the Buckeye lineup. The native of Massillon, Ohio, has finished in the Top 20 in all seven tournaments played while at OSU. In the postseason last year, Snyder tied for 13th at the Big Ten championships and tied for 20th at the NCAA Central Regional to lead the Buckeyes. This fall, Snyder posted a six-stroke victory at the Memphis Intercollegiate.

    Sophomore Bo Hoag has continued his success this season, placing in the Top 10 in two of the three tournaments this fall. Hoag posted his best career finish with fourth at the William H. Tucker Invitational. The Upper Arlington, Ohio, native had rounds of 70-69-74 for a total of 3-under 213 and was just two strokes back from the event’s co-medalists. He followed that up with a tie for eighth at the Memphis Intercollegiate.
   For his career, Hoag has six Top 10 finishes in 13 collegiate events. He has now shot under par on 11 occasions as a Buckeye and had six sub-70 rounds. Last season, Hoag was a Second Team All-Big Ten selection as a true freshman. He had a stroke average of 73.13 and shot a career-low a 67 at the Tucker Invitational in his first collegiate round.
     Junior tri-captain Brad Wright started out his Ohio State career in stellar fashion, shooting a 5-under 67 in round one of the William H. Tucker Invitational (Sept. 26). He finished the tournament tied for 14th with a three-round total of 216 (+3). Wright followed it up tying for 11th at the Memphis Intercollegiate. The native of Cambridge, Ohio, transferred to Ohio State last season and redshirted the year.
    Over the summer, Wright won three tournaments. In August, he won the 2008 Ohio Publinx Tournament at 10-under in four rounds, which included rounds of 66 and 68. He also won the Eastern Ohio Amateur and the Stark County Amateur Golf Association’s Envirite Tam O’Shanter Spring Classic. 

   Bo Hoag began his sophomore season by winning the team’s Jack Nicklaus Low Fall Qualifier Award for the second-consecutive season with an average of 69.25 in eight rounds. Hoag is just the sixth Buckeye to break with 70-mark in the 35 years of the award and the first since Colin Biles (69.4) in 2004. It was the third-lowest qualifying average with Doug Wade holding the all-time record at 68.6 in 2001.
   Fall qualifying for the team was held Sept. 12-21. The Buckeyes played eight rounds on the Scarlet Course and one round on the Gray Course at the OSU Golf Club with the highest score thrown out. Hoag, a native of Upper Arlington, Ohio, carded rounds of 69-72-68-70-70-70-69 with his score of 76 thrown out. He topped it off with a 66 on Gray.

    The 2008-09 season will be the last for Ohio State head coach Jim Brown. It will be Brown’s 36th season at the helm of the Buckeyes and 42nd year overall coaching college golf.
    Under his guidance, Ohio State has won a league-record 17 Big Ten championships. The Buckeyes won the conference crown every season from 1976-90, except for 1981 and ’88 when they were runners-up. He has produced 93 All-Big Ten honorees.
    Brown, a native of Martins Ferry, Ohio, has served as the head coach for the Buckeyes since 1974. He is currently the winningest active coach in the NCAA with a career record of 5,609-1,791-43 and 157 tournament victories. In his 35 seasons, Brown has led the Buckeyes to 31 NCAA appearances, including the NCAA Central Regional in 2008, and 11 Top 10 NCAA championship finishes. The Buckeyes won the national championship, the second in program history, in 1979.
    Individually, Brown has tutored an NCAA individual champion in Clark Burroughs (1985), 18 Big Ten medalists, 11 First Team All-America selections and 40 other All-America honorees. Chris Perry was named College Player of the Year in 1984 and Chris Smith earned both Big Ten Freshman of the Year (1988) and Player of the Year (1990) awards under Brown.
    Brown’s student-athletes also have excelled in the classroom. The Buckeyes have received 11 All-America Scholar awards, 55 Academic All-Big Ten honors and 84 Ohio State Scholar-Athletes nods since the inception of both awards in 1987.
    As a coach, Brown was named National Coach of the Year in 1979 and ’86, and District IV Coach of the Year in consecutive seasons from 1977-80 and again from 1982-87. He has earned Big Ten Coach of the Year laurels three times in 1995, ’96 and 2004.

    Ohio State men’s golfers posted good results throughout the summer, highlighted by Vaughn Snyder winning the 102nd Ohio Amateur and Brad Wright capturing the 2008 Ohio Publinx championship.
    Snyder won the Ohio Amateur in June with rounds of 71-71-70-71 at Findlay Country Club for a 1-under 283 total. The senior from Massillon, Ohio, was the only player to finish the tournament under par, holding off former teammate Kyle Coconis. The tournament was played under harsh conditions: high temperatures, thick rough, lightning-fast greens and nearly impossible pin positions.
    In August, Wright, a redshirt-junior from Cambridge, Ohio, won the event shooting rounds of 71-66-73-68 for a total of 10-under 278 to defeat Tom Ballinger, the 2007 champion, by two strokes on the par 72, 7,071-yard Cooks Creek Golf Course. Wright redshirted the 2007-08 season after transferring to Ohio State from the University of Akron.

    The spring portion of the schedule will begin with the annual Alumni Match in Jupiter, Fla. on Feb. 7. The following week the Buckeyes will compete in the inaugural Big Ten Match Play Championship in Pompano Beach, Fla. Feb. 13-14.