Buckeyes Back for Big Ten Match Play Championship
Feb. 13, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - In the opening event of its spring slate, the Ohio State men's golf team will compete at the 2014 Big Ten Match Play Championship Friday and Saturday in Bradenton, Fla. Taking place on the par 72, 7,474-yard course at The Concession Golf Club, the championship will serve as an opportunity for the Buckeyes to face-off against members of the Big Ten Conference.
Schedule of Play:
THE BUCKEYE LINEUP
Leading the way is junior Boo Timko, who has a team-best 72.87-stroke average. Sophomores Tee-k Kelly and Michael Bernard will also make the journey. Kelly holds the team's second-top stroke average with a 73.73, while Bernard has three tournaments under his belt this season.
Certainly a young squad overall, Ohio State will travel freshmen Frederik Hammer, Clark Engle, and Addison Coll. Hammer has competed in each tournament during his rookie campaign, holding a 73.43 stroke average. Clark was consistent in his first start for the Buckeyes at the Rod Myers Invitational, completing all three rounds with a 3-over 75. This will be Coll's first competitive appearance with the team.
The quarterfinal matchups will pit top-seeded Illinois against the winner for No. 8 Michigan - No. 9 Michigan State, fourth-seeded Iowa against the winner of No. 5 Ohio State - No. 12 Nebraska, second-seeded Purdue against the winner of No. 7 Minnesota and No. 10 Penn State, as well as third-seeded Northwestern against No. 9 Indiana and No. 11 Wisconsin. Each pairing consists of five individual matches between schools with each competing for a team point.
Play will begin at 7:30 a.m. ET Friday with the Buckeyes teeing off among the first wave. Semifinal and title matches for both the championship and consolation brackets will take place Saturday.
LAST TIME AROUND
SCOUTING THE B1G
Other teams ranked in the Top 50 nationally include No. 33 Northwestern, No. 42 Purdue and No. 46 Iowa. Thus far this season, the Buckeyes have competed against Indiana, Northwestern, Michigan, Purdue, Iowa and Penn State.
Traveling to Lake Forest, Ill. was next on the agenda for the Buckeye squad. The team competed at the Windon Memorial, tying for fourth with an 11-over 875 total. This time the field was Big Ten heavy with Northwestern, Michigan, Purdue, Iowa and Penn State carding scores.
Ohio State then hosted the Jack Nicklaus Invitational, Sept. 29-30, on the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club. It was an eighth-place finish this time around for the Buckeyes. California took the team title, while Big Ten member Purdue tied for fourth.
Junior Boo Timko was the standout in the Scarlet and Gray at the Rod Myers Invitational, finishing fourth in the individual standings. Ohio State was 15-over 879 overall for eighth place.
Moving onto the Royal Oaks Invitational, Ohio State placed ninth with a score of 8-over 1073. Freshman Fredrick Hammer recorded the lowest total for the Buckeyes with a 4-under 209 performance for 15th place.
The 18-hole, par-72 course was named Best New Private Course of 2006 by Golf Digest Magazine and, according to the U.S. Golf Association, holds one of the highest Course and Slope Ratings.
Timko earned PING All-Midwest honors and was named to the All-Big Ten Championship Team in 2013. He also earned All-Big Ten second team accolades last season. A Girard, Ohio, native, Timko notched a team-best 72.96 stroke average and played in all 12 tournaments.
Weaver averaged a 73.71 stroke coming in second on the team in 2013. A Wooster, Ohio, product, Weaver competed in all 12 tournaments with 27 of 32 rounds counting towards the team score.
Hammer, in his first season with the program, is from Rungsted, Denmark.