Buckeyes welcome Boo Timko and Grant Weaver for 2011-12 season

COLUMBUS, OhioDonnie Darr, head coach of the 22nd-ranked Ohio State men’s golf team, announced the signing of two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Wednesday. The Buckeyes welcome Ohio natives Bruce (Boo) Timko and Grant Weaver for the 2011-12 season.

“I couldn’t be more excited to add Boo and Grant to our team,” Darr, in his second season at Ohio State, said. “They have proven they can compete at the highest level and I know they are going to have an immediate impact on our team. They both bring to the Buckeyes great work ethics and a desire to achieve excellence.”

Timko is from Girard, Ohio, and attends Canfield High School after two years at Warren JFK High School. He has been named team MVP, all-league and all-district all four seasons and captained the teams the last three years. Timko also earned all-state honors as a junior and senior after leading Canfield to back-to-back All American Conference titles and qualifying for the state tournament all four seasons.

Recognized as the Youngstown Vindicator’s Golf Performer of the Year the last three years, Timko set the Steel Valley all-time record for nine-hole average at 34.0 in conference matches. He also fired two nine-hole course records with a 32 at Copeland Hills and Kensington Golf Clubs. His four-year nine-hole scoring average was 36.4, with an 18-hole scoring average of 73.6.

In summer golf, Timko won the Callaway PGA Junior Series event on Purdue’s Kampen Course and the Hudson Invitational. He is the son of Bruce and Denise Timko; his father is a member of the Youngstown State Athletics Hall of Fame after playing basketball for the Penguins. His cousin, John Simon, also is a defensive lineman on the Ohio State football team.

Weaver is from Wooster, Ohio, and attends Waynedale High School. The 2010 Northern Ohio PGA player of the year, he was a four-year starter and helped Waynedale to Wayne County Athletic League championships each season. He was a two-time state runner-up and district medalist with an 18-hole stroke average of 70.8 his senior year.

Weaver earned four Daily Record Player of the Year honors, WCAL MVP awards and all-Ohio laurels and was a four-time state qualifier. Away from high school action, he posted three top-5 finishes on the AJGA and placed in the top 10 at the U.S. Kids Golf World Championships and Calloway Jr. World. Weaver also was the 2010 PGA Junior Series champion at Penn State and the 2010 Good Park Junior Tournament champion.

The son of Ron and Joanna Weaver, Grant is involved with the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. A member of the youth group at Fairlawn Mennonite Church, he has taken week-long mission trips the last three years around the U.S. to work with homeless and inner-city children.