Oct. 28, 2004

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Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s golf team returns to action at the 2004 Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, N.C., Friday. UNC Wilmington University will play host to the 54-hole event at the par 72, 6,948-yard Country Club of Landfall.

The Buckeyes enter the three-day event in the hopes of capturing their first Landfall Tradition crown. Ohio State nearly claimed the title last season, but came up just short to finish second.

The 2004 event begins Friday with 7:50 a.m. tee times. Final round competition will begin at 7:30 a.m., Sunday.

Last Time Out
The Ohio State men’s golf team concluded play with a fifth-place finish at the 2004 Barona Collegiate Cup in Lakeside, Calif., Tuesday. The Buckeyes posted a final-round score of 289 to finish the event with a total of 845 en route to its best finish of the 2004 fall season. The event, hosted by San Diego State University, was held at the par 72, 7,043-yard Barona Creek Golf Course.

Ohio State senior Scott Anderson paced the Buckeyes for the third time this season. He finished ninth with a total of 208, his best three-round total and finish of the fall season.

Teammates Zack Randol and Colin Biles also posted season-best finishes. Randol finished the event 14th, while Biles tied for 15th.

Brigham Young University won the tournament with a total of 822, while Oscar Alvarez of BYU defeated Denver’s James Love in a playoff to capture medalist honors.

Anderson Posts Career Best Three Round Total
In his third tournament of the fall season, senior Scott Anderson posted a career best three-round total at the 2004 Barona Collegiate Cup. During the event, Anderson tied for ninth and posted back-to-back rounds of 67 and finished with a final round of 74 for a career best total of 208.

Recapping The 2003 Landfall Tradition
The Ohio State men’s golf team concluded the fall season with an impressive second-place finish at the 2003 Landfall Tradition. The Buckeyes’ second-place finish marks the highest finish since the 2003 Kepler Intercollegiate where the team finished first. The Landfall tournament marked the second time this fall the Buckeyes finished in the Top 5. The event was held at the par 72, 6,973-yard, Country Club of Landfall, Nicklaus Course, in Wilmington, N.C.

Leading the way for the Buckeyes was Brett Williams, who posted his second Top 10 finish of the fall season as he tied for sixth overall. Williams posted a final round of two-under-par 70 to finish the event with a total of 213.

Justin Smith of Minnesota won medalist honors (208), while Minnesota captured the team title with a total of 851.

Rain Rain Go Away
In three tournaments this season, the Ohio State men’s golf team has found themselves in a battle against the golf course and the elements.

This season, Ohio State opened the season with a 10th-place finish at the 2004 SMU Invitational, however rounds one and two of the event were cancelled because of rain.

The following week at the Gary Koch Invitational, the Buckeyes once again endured rainy conditions as the second round of the event was postponed until the final day.

A trip to San Diego, Calif., did not keep the rain away either as they endured rainy conditions that delayed the start of the final round of play.

A Return to the Lineup
After not competing during the 2003-04 season, in part because of a wrist injury, junior Zach Randol has returned to the lineup and competed in three tournaments, with a scoring average of 74.3.

Prior to the 2004 Fall Season, Randol’s last tournament came during the 2003 NCAA West Regional, where he tied for 96th with a three-round total of 225. During the 2002-03 season, Randol competed in 22 rounds with an average of 74.4 strokes per round.

Noting the Buckeyes
Scott Anderson- Posted his best finish of the 2004 fall season at the Barona Collegiate Cup with a total of 208 to tie for ninth-place … paced the Buckeyes as he tied for 14th at the 2004 Gary Koch Intercollegiate with a three-round total of 220 … opened the 2004-05 season at the 2004 SMU Invitational where he tied for 14th with an 18-hole total of 72.

Zack Randol- Carded a 209 and finished 14th at the 2004 Barona Collegiate Cup … tied for 62nd at the 2004 Gary Koch Intercollegiate with a three-round total of 231 … opened the season and competed for the first time since the 2002-03 season at the 2004 SMU Invitational … during the event, he posted an 18-hole score of 74.

Jared Jones- Opened with a first-round 80 at the 2004 Gary Koch Intercollegiate, but withdrew from the final two rounds of the tournament … opened the season at the 2004 SMU Invitational with an 18-hole total of 74.

Nate Strong- Tied for 48th at the 2004 Gary Koch Intercollegiate with a three-round total of 228.

Colin Biles- Posted his best round of the fall season at the 2004 Barona Collegiate Cup where he posted a 210 tying him for 15th … tied for 59th at the 2004 Gary Koch Intercollegiate as he posted a three-round total of 232 … opened the season at the 2004 SMU Invitational and posted an 18-hole total of 79.

Peter Riddell- Opened the 2004-05 season at the 2004 Barona Collegiate Cup where he tied for 47th (218).

David Vallina- Saw his first action of the season at the 2004 Barona Collegiate Cup where he posted a total of 224.

Returning Buckeyes
This season, the Buckeyes return eight players from a year ago. The returnees combined for 77 rounds, 5,508 strokes and a scoring average of 71.5. Leading the way for the Buckeyes this season will be Scott Anderson, who will serve as team captain, four years after he came to Ohio State as a walk-on.

Anderson entered his senior season with more experience than any other Ohio State golfer and hopes to lead the team to back-to-back Big Ten titles. During the 2003-04 season, Anderson, competed in 33 rounds and posted 2,446 strokes with a scoring average of 74.1 and three Top 10 finishes.

“Scott Anderson really came along last season and the NCAA regional championships he was our best player no doubt about it,” Jim Brown, Ohio State men’s golf coach, said.

The Buckeyes also return sophomore Colin Biles, who a year ago posted an impressive rookie campaign as he recorded a scoring average of 74.1 in 26 rounds of play. During those 26 rounds, Biles finished in the Top 15 three times en route to Ohio State freshman of the year honors.

“Colin is a quality player and I expect big things from him this season. Between Scott and Colin they are the guys who need to lead us this season because they are the ones who have experience.”

Along with Anderson and Biles, Ohio State returns a two of individuals, in Jared Jones and Nate Strong, both of whom saw time during the 2003-04 season.

Zach Randol also could push for a Top 5 spot as he returns from a wrist injury, which caused him to miss most of the 2003-04 season. Two years ago, Randol competed in 22 rounds compiling a scoring average of 74.4.

The Newcomers
The Ohio State men’s golf team welcomes two freshmen to the squad in Michael Haverfield and Kevin Grabeman

Grabeman enters the 2004 season after an impressive 2003 campaign that saw him post first-place finishes at the Kiawah Island Championship and the Optimist District Qualifier. Grabeman also posted a strong performance at the 2003 Harbor Town Championships, where he finished fourth and at the 2003 Kroger Championships, where he finished 15th. At Springboro High School, Grabeman earned all-state, all-area and team MVP honors during his senior year.

Haverfield also enters his freshman season with an impressive resume. In two years while competing in the American Junior Golf Association, Haverfield posted nine Top 20 performances, including a first-place finish at the 2002 McDonald’s All-American Tournament in 2002. Haverfield also posted strong performances at the 2002 Junior Classic at The Pines, where he tied for second and at the 2002 Kroger Junior Invitational, where he tied for ninth. Haverfield’s St. Xavier High School, twice finished as state champions.

“They are both good kids and they wanted to come to Ohio State,” Brown said. “They were both selected as All-Americans on their respective tours and they have a lot of experience, which is something that you are starting to see in a lot of high school players these days. The thing I know about all the freshmen we have coming in is that they all want to be good golfers and they want to play golf, which is always a positive sign.”

The Schedule
The Ohio State men’s golf team returns to many of the same locations it visited during the 2003-04 season, including a return visit to the St. Croix Classic, however the team will not return to the Matlock Classic, a tournament in which the Buckeyes have competed in over the past two seasons.

“Our schedule is very competitive and will let the team know where we stand after the fall season,” Brown said. “We are playing in tournaments with great teams and as always seek great competition for our team. It allows us to travel to different parts of the United States, which is what we try to do each year.”

Things to Keep an Eye on During the 2004-05 Season

A repeat performance- Last season the Ohio State men’s golf team captured its first Big Ten title since the 1996-97 season. This season the Buckeyes will be gunning for back-to-back titles in Madison, Wis., which will play host to the 2005 Big Ten Championships this season.

Staying In Contention- Over the past two seasons, the Ohio State men’s golf team has been a model of consistency by finishing in a tournament Top 5, 13 times. Last season, the Buckeyes finished in the Top 5 seven times including two first-place finishes.

The lineup- This season Ohio State returns only two individuals from the Buckeyes Big Ten championship team from a year ago, setting up the possibility of the squads Top 5 changing from week-to-week.

“We have always had good teams when we have good competition among the team and have guys that will step up,” Brown said.

Meet Coach Brown
Now in his 32nd year as the Buckeyes’ head coach, Jim Brown has built the Ohio State golf into one of the finest and most respected collegiate programs in the nation.

The numbers are impressive. Under Brown’s guidance, the Buckeyes have qualified for the NCAA tournament 30 times, 11 times finishing in the Top 10, while claiming one national championship in 1979.

Ohio State also has dominated Big Ten play, winning 23 conference titles. The Buckeyes claimed their 23rd title in 2004 with a five stroke victory over Illinois. Ohio State also claimed the team title at the 2004 Marshall Invitational to give Brown 162 tournament wins during his tenure.

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. Most recently, Brown was named 2004 Big Ten Coach of the Year for the third time in his career. Prior to his 2004 Big Ten honor, Brown captured back-to-back coach of the honors in 1995 and 1996. 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.

Golf hasn’t been the only thing on Coach Brown’s mind during his tenure at OSU. Brown takes great pride in the fact that his golfers are student-athletes in the truest sense of the word. In fact, only three athletes who have exhausted their eligibility have not received degrees, during Brown’s 31-year tenure.

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.

Brown has long been a leader in college golf, serving as president of the National Golf Coaches Association from 1990 to 1992. He served on the NCAA’s Executive Golf Committee from 1990-96. In addition, the Ohio State mentor has been a member of both the All-American Selection Committee and the NCAA District IV Selection Board. The winningest coach in OSU golf history, Brown has tutored one NCAA individual champ (Clark Burroughs – 1985), 18 Big Ten medalists, 88 All-Big Ten selections, 11 first team All-Americans and 63 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. Captain of the OSU golf squad as a senior, Brown began his coaching career in 1967 at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., and in 1969 moved to Kent State.

Brown, who served as the head golf coach and assistant basketball coach at Kent State, left there in 1973 to become the ninth golf coach in Ohio State history. Jim and his wife Tina have been married for eight years and together the couple has five children. Tina has three children, a son David Lankard, who is an OSU graduate and two daughters, Cheryl Turnbull and Anne Marie Moore, both of whom are gradated from Miami Ohio. Brown has two children Julie, who is an OSU graduate, and Jeff, a former member of the Ohio State golf team and an OSU graduate.

Up Next
The Ohio State men’s golf team returns to action Feb. 5-6 to open the spring portion of the 2004-05 season as they compete in the 2005 Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla.