Feb. 15, 2007

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s golf team will travel to Orlando, Fla., this week to compete in the Rio Pinar Intercollegiate. The event will be played at the par 70 6,978-yard Rio Pinar Country Club. The University of Memphis will be the host school for the tournament.

Practice rounds will be held Sunday. Each team will play 36-holes Monday and 18-holes on Tuesday. Teams will tee off at about 8 a.m. Monday and Tuesday.

Furman, Georgia Southern, Kansas State, Louisville, Mercer, Memphis, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ohio State, Ole Miss, South Alabama, South Florida, Southern Miss, Tulsa, UT-Arlington, UT-Chattanooga and Wichita State make up the tournament field.

Tournament Information
Complete tournament results will be available on the internet at at the end of each day.

The OSU Lineup
Colin Biles
Dan Rush
Zach Sebert
Patrick Simard
Jack Tyler
David Vallina

Noting the Buckeyes
Colin Biles – Biles had a season low round of 69 and led the Buckeyes at the Gator Invitational (Feb. 10-11) with a 219 total. He tied for 31st place. Biles led the Buckeyes in scoring in nine out of the team’s 12 tournaments played in 2005-06 while also leading the team with a stroke average of 73.4. He finished in the Top 20 individually in seven tournaments with his best finish (T4) coming at the Fossum Invitational, (4/22-23, 2006). Biles was selected to the NCAA Central Regional competition as an individual and earned second team All-Big Ten honors in 2005-06.

Zach Sebert – Sebert’s last tournament appearance came at the Gopher Invitational (Sept. 16-17). He finished tied for 43rd with a three round total of 236. Sebert was a Division III All-American at Otterbein College in 2006.

Patrick Simard – Competing in his third tournament as a Buckeye, Simard had an individual season best three round total of 225 and also tied for 53rd individually. The freshman is a three time national champion in Spain (96, 97, 98) and also was a regional champion in Spain from 1998-2001.

Jack Tyler – At the Gator Invitational, Feb. 10-11, Tyler tied for 45th with a three-round total of 222. The three-round total was a season low for the senior. Tyler was named to the Academic All-Big Ten team and was an Ohio State Scholar Athlete in 2005-06. He was tied for second on the team in stroke average with a 76.5. His low round of 69 and best finish, tied for 10th, came at the Inverness Invitational, Sept. 19-20, 2005.

David Vallina – Vallina was one of three Buckeyes to post season-best tournament totals at the Gator Invitational. He fired off a career-best round of 71 for the second time this season. The previous came Oct. 29 at the Landfall Tradition. Vallina played in six tournaments in 2005-06 and had an average that was second-best on the team (75.7). He shot low rounds of 72 twice and his best finish was a tie for 15th at the Fossum Invitational.

Gator Invitational Recap
The Ohio State men’s golf team finished in 11th place at the Gator Invitational Feb. 11 in a field that included five Top 25 teams. The Buckeyes shot rounds of 283-300-299 (882) over the two-day, 54-hole event at the University Golf Course (par 70, 6,701) in Gainesville, Fla. The 882 stroke total was the best scoring performance of the season for the team. The 11th place finish also marked the best finish at the Gator Invite for the Buckeyes since 2001 when the team finished eighth.

The tournament’s host and No. 1 ranked University of Florida won the event with a score of 850 (280-289-281). Manuel Villegas of Florida won medalist honors by six strokes after firing off rounds of 67-68-69 for a score of 6-under 204.

Senior Colin Biles led the Buckeyes with a three-round total of 219 (69-76-74) and tied for 31st place.

Senior David Vallina, freshman Patrick Simard and senior Jack Tyler all finished with individual season best tournament total scores. Vallina finished tied for 37th place (71-75-74=200) while Simard finished tied for 53rd place with a 225 total (70-81-74). Tyler tied for 45th place with a three-round total of 222 (73-72-77).

Sophomore Dan Rush shot 80-77-78 (235) and tied for 69th place.

Coach Brown on playing at the Rio Pinar Intercollegiate
“We are headed to Florida for the third week in a row and Rio Pinar will mark the culmination of our winter tournament schedule. This is a new event for us, but once again a good golf course and strong field awaits us. We are continuing in the process of getting better each and everyday and look forward to the challenges that await for us in Orlando.”