March 15, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's golf team will continue its spring slate March 16-17 at the Seahawk Intercollegiate hosted by UNC Wilmington. The two-day tournament will take place on the par 72, 6,671-yard Nicklaus Course at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C.
Name: 2014 Seahawk Intercollegiate
Course: Country Club of Landfall - Wilmington, N.C.
Field (13 Teams - Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings):
East Tennessee State
South Carolina (25)
Schedule of play:
Sunday, March 16 - First & Second Rounds (36) - 8:45 a.m. (shotgun start)
Monday, March 17 - Third Round (18)
The Ohio State lineup will feature one junior, two sophomores and two freshmen competing for team score. Junior Boo Timko has a team-best 72.83 average with five rounds in the 60s this season. Freshman Clark Engle has competed in two tournaments this year and is second on the team with a stroke average of 73.
Competing as individuals will be junior Logan Jones and sophomore Michael Bernard. The Seahawk Intercollegiate will be the second tournament for Jones this season, while Bernard has competed in three.
Timko, Hammer, Kelly and Rosenthal have competed in all six tournaments with this weekend being their seventh of the year.
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes carded a 6-under 858 over three days of competition to take 10th at the USF Invitational.
With an eagle and five birdies, sophomore Max Rosenthal played his best round of the invitational on the final day. He pulled through with a 3-under 69, bringing his total to 3-under 213 for 22nd. Freshman Clark Engle also ranked in the 22nd spot after going 1-under 71 in the third. In all, 14 birdies and an impressive two eagles fueled his 3-under 213 performance for the tournament.
Junior Boo Timko was yet another Buckeye to put forth his best score in the third round, dropping a 3-under 69 with an eagle and five birdies. Timko finished in 52nd-place tie with a 2-over 218.
The Seahawk Intercollegiate was first played in 2010 with Augusta State taking the team title. Since then, host school UNCW has been victorious twice (2011, 2013), while East Carolina finished first in 2012. Last season, Ohio State made its introductory appearance, carding a 42-over 618 for seventh. Boo Timko represented the Buckeyes with a team-best 7-over 151 performance.
Ohio State will play on the Nicklaus Course at the Country Club of Landfall, which was named in honor of Buckeye great Jack Nicklaus. According to the club, the challenging course features rolling fairways, strategic sand and grass bunkers, smooth Champion greens and water on 12 holes.
At this point, conditions do not look bright for the Seahawk Intercollegiate with rain projected for both days. Sunday there is a 90 percent chance of precipitation, and high temperatures are estimated to reach 63-degrees. Monday the risk of rain slightly decreases to 60 percent, temperatures in the upper-50s. Wind could play a factor both days with 18 mph gusts expected Monday.
The Buckeyes began their 2013-14 campaign at the Northern Intercollegiate in Sugar Grove, Ill. Totaling an 895 at the conclusion of the three-day tournament, Ohio State placed seventh out of 15 teams competing. Big Ten foe Indiana was also in attendance.
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 Buckeyes will return to the state of North Carolina for the Irish Creek Intercollegiate April 5-6.
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