Oct. 4, 2014


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Coming off a Jack Nicklaus Invitational team title, Ohio State heads to the prestigious Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas to compete in the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational (Oct. 6-7). A 12-team field will play 36 holes on Monday (Oct. 6) before the final round Tuesday (Oct. 7).

“With Colonial’s rich history and tradition, playing host to one of the longest running events on the PGA Tour coupled with Nike Golf’s state of the art research and development facility, The Oven, makes Colonial Country Club the ideal place to host this inaugural event,” said Cricket Musch, sports marketing director of college, amateur and junior golf at Nike. “Our partnership with Colonial Country Club and the City of Fort Worth will offer an unforgettable experience for these top college golf programs.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to work with Nike Golf to host this event,” said Kip Adams, tournament director. “It is a remarkable opportunity to provide a PGA Tour style experience to these golfers – many of whom will undoubtedly play in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in the years to come.”

Name: Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational
Course: Colonial Country Club
Par: 70
Yardage: 7,204
Field (12 teams):
*Golfweek rankings
#12 Georgia
#31 Ohio State
#25 Oklahoma
#20 Oregon
#10 Stanford
#18 TCU
#29 Texas
#33 USC
#6 Vanderbilt
#42 Washington

Ten of 12 teams are slotted in the Golfweek top-50, including No. 31 Ohio State. Golfweek’s top-rated player in the country, Lee McCoy from Georgia, will be joined by a dozen more top-100 players: No. 3 Maverick McNealy (Stanford), No. 9 Hunter Stewart (Vanderbilt), No. 20 Carson Jacobs (Vanderbilt), No. 21 Gavin Hall (Texas), No. 23 Jim Liu (Stanford), No. 61 Michael Gellerman (Oklahoma), No. 63 Clark Engle (Ohio State), No. 71 Sean Crocker (USC), No. 77 Theo Humphrey (Vanderbilt), No. 81 Zach Foushee (Oregon), No. 95 Doug Ghim (Texas) and No. 97 Chelso Barrett (TCU).

Ohio State sends an experienced group to Texas, led by four upperclassmen in Boo Timko, Logan Jones, Tee-k Kelly and Grant Weaver. Sophomore Clark Engle rounds out the OSU lineup.

Sunny skies are expected throughout the competition, accompanied by temperature highs in the lower to mid 90s.

Ohio State has seen its placing improve in each of the first three tournaments this fall, culminating in a team title at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational. The Buckeyes opened with a third-place showing at the Northern Intercollegiate, took second at the Windon Memorial Classic before grabbing the hardware last weekend in Columbus. Overall, Ohio State owns a 34-3 head-to-head record this season.

Ralph Guarasci, a member of the Ohio State men’s golf program from 1975-78, was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall