Aug. 8, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio-The NCAA notified Ohio State it earned the right to host the 2008 NCAA Central Regional in men’s golf, Jim Brown, head coach of the Buckeyes, announced Tuesday. Ohio State last played host to regional competition in May of 1999.

The event will be the first opportunity for men’s teams outside the Big Ten Conference area to play the renovated Scarlet Course (par 71, 7,455 yards), which was completed in May of this year in time for the 2006 NCAA Women’s Championships.

The Buckeyes will host a pair of tournaments in 2007 as well. The annual Robert Kepler Invitational along with the 2007 Big Ten Tournament will both be played at Scarlet next April. Ohio State last played host to the Big Ten Championships in 1997. The Buckeyes defeated the field two shots ahead of Northwestern that year.

“I am really happy the NCAA has chosen us to host the Central Regional in 2008,” Brown said. “The Scarlet Course will extend the best challenge possible for the players and coaches. The best teams and the best players will advance. Scarlet will make sure of that.

“We are hoping the NCAA will consider Ohio State and The OSU Golf Club Scarlet Course for the 2012 NCAA Championships after seeing the course during the regional,” Brown said.

Scarlet has played host to numerous events through the years, including the NCAA Preview, Big Ten Championships, NCAA regional competitions and a record 10 NCAA Men’s Championships, the last of which took place in 2002.