Spring Season Starts with Big Ten Match Play
Feb. 7, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's golf team is set to travel to Bradenton, Fla., for the Big Ten Match Play Championship Feb. 8-9. Kicking off the second portion of the season for the Buckeyes, the championship will once again be held at The Concession Golf Club, which features a par 72, 7,474-yard course designed by Buckeye great Jack Nicklaus.
The event will be televised by Big Ten Network on tape delay on a date to be determined.
Name: 2013 Big Ten Match Play Championship
Course: The Concession Golf Club
MATCH PLAY FIELD
The fifth-annual Big Ten Match Play Championship will feature all 12 Big Ten schools. The tournament was created to imitate the NCAA Championships match play setup. The teams will travel six players and choose a five-player lineup for each match.
The teams are seeded as follows: Illinois (1), Northwestern (2), Iowa (3), Indiana (4), Ohio State (5), Purdue (6), Michigan State (7), Minnesota (8), Michigan (9), Penn State (10), Nebraska (11) and Wisconsin (12).
Friday, Feb. 8
Match 1: Minnesota vs. Michigan, 7:30 a.m., No. 1 tee
Match 2: Ohio State vs. Wisconsin, 8:10 a.m., No. 1 tee
Match 3: Michigan State vs. Penn State 7:30 a.m., No. 10 tee
Match 4: Purdue vs. Nebraska, 8:10 a.m., No. 10 tee
Match 5: Illinois vs. Match 1 winner
Match 6: Indiana vs. Match 2 winner
Match 7: Northwestern vs. Match 3 winner
Match 8: Iowa vs. Match 4 winner
Saturday, Feb. 9
Match 9: Winners of Match 5 and Match 6
Match 10: Winners of Match 7 and Match 8
Championship: Winners of Match 9 and Match 10
THE BUCKEYE LINEUP
Highlighting the lineup for the Buckeyes is senior Matt Turner and sophomores Boo Timko and Grant Weaver. Turner finished with a 1-1-1 record in last year's championship, while Timko and Weaver each went 1-2.
2012 BIG TEN MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
In last year's Big Ten Match Play Championship, the Buckeyes advanced to the semifinals after taking down Wisconsin and Indiana to get there. They eventually fell to Northwestern 5-1 in the semifinal round. In the match against Northwestern, then-freshmen Boo Timko and Grant Weaver had each lost close matches against the Wildcats.
OHIO STATE SIGN THREE FOR 2013-14
Ohio State men's golf head coach Donnie Darr announced the signing of three to National Letters of Intent. Clark Engle, Nicholas Jan and Josh Wick are set to join the Buckeyes for the 2013-14 season.
Engle is from Springfield, Ohio, and attends Springfield Shawnee High School. The two-time Central Buckeye Conference Player of the Year (2011, 2012) was the 2011 Ohio Division II state champion and earned all-state honors that season.
Jan hails from Northbrook, Ill., and attends Glenbrook North High School. He is a two-time conference champion (2009, 2011) and was the 2012 runner-up, while being named all-conference four years in a row.
An Upper Arlington product, Wick is a four-time letterwinner for Upper Arlington High School. He led UA to a 27-1 finish and an OCC Central Division title in 2012. Wick was named a 2012 FCWT First Team All-American and earned FCWT Academic All-America honors. He was also named the 2012 FCWT Central Region Junior Golfer of the Year.
The Buckeyes continue their spring season at the Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, Feb. 17-19.
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