Buckeyes Travel to Sunny Florida for USF Invite
March 1, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's golf team will hit the course for the USF Invitational Sunday, March 2 through Tuesday, March 4. Taking place on the par 72, 7,153-yard South Course at the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club, the match will feature a strong field of 17 teams, including the Buckeyes.
THE BUCKEYE LINEUP
Leading the way is junior Boo Timko, who has a team-best 72.87-stroke average through 15 rounds. Sophomores Tee-k Kelly and Max Rosenthal will also make the journey. Kelly holds the team's second-top stroke average with a 73.73, while Rosenthal has three appearances with the team after competing individually at the Northern Intercollegiate and Windon Memorial.
Certainly a young squad overall, Ohio State will travel freshmen Frederik Hammer and Clark Engle. Hammer has competed in each tournament during his rookie campaign, holding a 73.43 stroke average. Engle was consistent in his first start for the Buckeyes at the Rod Myers Invitational, completing all three rounds with a 3-over 75.
Timko, Kelly, Hammer and Engle all contributed to Ohio State's eighth-place showing at the Big Ten Match Play Championship.
LAST TIME OUT
The Scarlet and Gray split the first day, winning a contest against Nebraska (3-2) and falling to Iowa in a tiebreak (2-2-1). Boo Timko and Tee-k Kelly led the way for the squad, finishing both their matches victorious.
On the second and final day of competition, Ohio State dropped both matches to earn eighth. Almost every individual match came down to the wire when the Buckeyes took on ninth seeded Indiana. Ultimately, OSU came up short falling to a score of 3-2. Next up was Illinois, who took the match 2-2-1. Timko was once again Ohio State's standout, defeating each opponent he was face with in the tournament.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
Leading the field rankings wise is Illinois. Ohio State faced the Fighting Illini head-to-head recently at the Big Ten Match Play Championship, falling in a 2-2-1 tiebreaker. Joining Illinois in the Top 25 is No. 19 Florida State and No. 24 Auburn.
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.
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.