November 11, 2020

Moseley Adds a Pair in 2021 Signing Class


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State men’s golf head coach Jay Moseley announced on Wednesday the signing of Tyler Groomes and Jacob Tarkany to National Letters of Intent. The talented duo will join the program in the fall of 2021.

“Tyler and Jacob are true Buckeyes to the core,” Moseley said. “They both have extensive family legacies at Ohio State and we are thrilled for them to carry on the tradition. Coach Smith and I were initially intrigued by Tyler and Jacob’s work ethic, which inevitably resulted in their steady improvement every year since they started high school. I can’t wait to see them compete in Scarlet and Gray.”

Groomes is from nearby Dublin, Ohio, and played high school golf for one of the state’s powerhouse programs at Dublin Jerome. He helped lead the Celtics to state titles in 2018 and 2019 and a fourth-place finish in 2020. Groomes is no stranger to the OSU Scarlet Course as he won the state individual title as a junior in 2019 with an OHSAA Scarlet Course record of 2-under 142. He is a two-time first team All-Ohio honoree and was named the 2020 OCC Player of the Year.

“Dublin Jerome has solidified itself as a high school powerhouse in golf in the state of Ohio and Tyler is the most recent to etch his name into their championship history book,” Moseley said. “Tyler has grown significantly since starting high school and his performance has risen with his increased height. His skills will serve him well in college as we expect him to be an impactful player. He comes from a great family and his leadership on our team will be invaluable.”

Groomes will reunite with his former high school teammate and current OSU sophomore Jackson Chandler when he arrives in the fall. The two teamed up to win the state title in 2018.

Tarkany is also a two-time first team All-Arizona honoree for Cactus Shadows High School in Scottsdale. He capped his career with an impressive performance, winning the AIA DII state individual title with a 7-under 133. That performance led Cactus Shadows to its first state title since 1999. This past summer, he finished 17th and was the low junior at the Ohio Amateur at nearby Columbus Country Club.

“Jacob is a fierce competitor,” Moseley said. “What he lacks in size he makes up for in his intangibles and work ethic. His game is extremely well rounded as a result of competing in national events all over the United States. He is a great student of the game and loves to learn and challenge himself every day. I expect Jacob to have an outstanding influence on our team culture with his values.”

Tyler Groomes | Dublin, Ohio | Dublin Jerome

  • Played for Taylor Harle at Dublin Jerome and was a three-year varsity letterwinner
  • Was a teammate of current OSU sophomore Jackson Chandler. The duo led the Celtics to the 2018 OHSAA DI state title
  • As a junior in 2019, Groomes set the OHSAA all-time Scarlet Course scoring record with a 2-under 142 en route to winning the state individual title and leading Jerome to another team title.
  • Earned first team All-Ohio and first team All-OCC honors in 2019
  • Capped his high school career with another top-5 finish at the state tournament and earned first team All-Ohio and first team All-OCC honors for a second consecutive season
  • 2020 OCC Player of the Year
  • He’s active in YoungLife and Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Son of Chris Amorose Groomes and Kevin Groomes

Jacob Tarkany | Scottsdale, Ariz. | Cactus Shadows

  • Won the 2020 AIA DII state individual title with an impressive 7-under 133
  • Led Cactus Shadows to its first state title since 1999
  • Was a two-time, first team All-Arizona honoree in 2019 and 2020
  • Finished 17th and the low junior at the 2020 Ohio Amateur
  • Won the Ohio qualifier for the Notah Begay National Championship
  • 2020 AJGA Scholastic Junior All-American
  • Medalist at the Massachusetts qualifier for the 2019 IMG Junior World Championship
  • In 2018, qualified for the Junior PGA Championship at Valhalla and registered three other top-10 finishes in national events
  • His mother, Deidre Tarkany, has run the Boston Marathon four times
  • Grandfather, Bob Tarkany, was a member of the track & field and cross country teams at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Son of Chad and Deidre Tarkany