Oct. 23, 2004

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Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s golf returns to action at the 2004 Barona Collegiate Cup in Lakeside, Calif. San Diego State University will play host to the 54-hole event at the par 72, 7,043-yard Barona Creek Golf Course.

The Buckeyes will look to capture their second Barona cup title, Ohio State won the event in 2001 with a three-round total of 836.

During the 2001 event, the Buckeyes rallied from four shots back in the final round to win by one stroke over San Diego State.

The two-day event begins Monday Oct. 25 with first round tee times beginning at 7:50 a.m. Second round tee times begin at about 12:30 p.m. Final round competition begins Tuesday Oct. 26 at 7:30 a.m. with tee times beginning at 8 a.m.

Last Time Out
The Ohio State men’s golf team compete at the 2004 Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate, Tuesday and finished 14th with a three-round total of 911. The University of Florida played host to the 54-hole event at the par 72, 7,078-yard, Old Memorial Golf Course in Tampa, Fla.

Senior Scott Anderson was the top OSU golfer throughout the tournament. Anderson finished the event tied for 14th with a tournament total of 220.

The University of Kentucky won the event with a three-round total of 872, while Kentucky’s Mark Blakefield captured medalist honors as he carded a three-round score of 213.

Recapping the 2003 Barona Cup
The Ohio State men’s golf team tied for 10th with the University of Denver as they posted a three-round total of 857 at the 2003 Barona Intercollegiate. The event was held at the par 72, 7,088-yard Barona Creek Golf Club in Lakeside, Calif.

Kevin Hall paced the Buckeyes with than season-best finish as he placed ninth with a three-round total of 209. The Buckeyes also received a strong performance from Zach Doran as he tied for 32nd with a three-round total of 215.

Chris Baryla of UTEP captured the individual title as posted a three-round total of 199, while Colorado State won the team title with a total of 836.

Rain Rain Go Away
In two 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 cancel 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 Return to the Lineup
After not competing in a single round during the 2003-04 season, in part because of a wrist injury, junior Zach Randol has returned to the lineup and competed in two tournaments, with a scoring average of 76.3.

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- Paced the Buckeyes for the second-consecutive tournament in a row as 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- 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 score of 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- Tied for 59th at the 2004 Gary Koch Intercollegiate as he posted a three-round toal of 232 … opened the season at the 2004 SMU Invitational and posted an 18-hole total of 79.

Returning Buckeyes
This season, the Buckeyes return eight players from a year ago. The returnees boast combined 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 enters 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 guys that need to lead us this season because they are the ones who have experience.”

Along with Anderson and Biles, Ohio State returns a trio of individuals, in Jared Jones and Nate Strong, all 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 freshman 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 freshman 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 have 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 Oct. 29-31 as they compete in the 2004 Landfall Invitational in Wilmington, N.C.