Ohio State Primed for Irish Creek Collegiate
April 4, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's golf team will travel to Kannapolis, N.C., for the Irish Creek Collegiate, April 5-6, co-hosted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Davidson College. The tournament will take place at The Club at Irish Creek, which boasts a par-71, 7,099-yard course. Sixteen teams, including Ohio State, will vie for the title.
Name: Irish Creek Collegiate
Course: The Club at Irish Creek
Field (16 Teams - Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings):
Georgia State (49)
Wake Forest (33)
Schedule of play:
Saturday, April 5 - First/Second Rounds (8:30 a.m. / Shotgun Start)
Sunday, April 6 - Final Round (8:30 a.m. / Holes 1 & 10)
Two juniors, two sophomores and one freshman will compete for team score this weekend in North Carolina.
Junior Boo Timko leads the way with a 72.85 stroke average and has competed in all 20 rounds this season. Sophomores Tee-k Kelly and Max Rosenthal have also donned the scarlet and gray in all tournaments this season. Kelly has a stroke average of 73.45, while Rosenthal has a 74.3 average.
Freshman Frederik Hammer has competed in all tournaments this season and is second on the team with a 72.26 stroke average. Junior Logan Jones is set to compete in his third tournament this season and has a 73.6 stroke average on the year.
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes last took to the competitive greens at the Seahawk Intercollegiate in Wilmington, N.C., March 16-17. Unfortunately, the final round was canceled because of inclement weather conditions. However, until play was discarded the Scarlet and Gray ranked third with a 5-over 581 recorded. Sophomore Tee-k Kelly finished tied for sixth overall with a 2-under 142. His final round score of 67 set a career low for the Wheaton, Ill., product.
Listed as a Davis Love III Signature Golf Course, The Club at Irish Creek rests where the former Kannapolis Country Club once stood. Situated around a 400-acre lake, the course design takes advantage of a mature forest setting. The course rating stands at 74.3, while the slope rating is listed at 137. In 2010, Golfweek rated the course the 30th-best residential course in the United States.
The tournament was inaugurated in 1998, with Columbus State taking the initial team crown. Since then, on 10 occasions a team hailing from the state of North Carolina has captured the title - Charlotte (5), North Carolina (3), Wake Forest (1) and Duke (1). Last season, the Tar Heels came out on top with a 7-over 859 carded over three rounds.
Partly cloudy skies are projected for both competition days at The Club at Irish Creek, according to Weather.com. Saturday there is a 20 percent chance of precipitation, with high temperatures reaching the low-70s. Wind may play a factor as gusts of 12 miles-per-hour are expected. Sunday will be slightly cooler with 60-degrees as the projected high. Winds will be out of the north at five miles-per-hour.
Ohio State is earning its frequent traveler miles this season, as it will travel a total of 6,098 miles to 10 different tournaments. This averages out to 609.8 miles per trip. The longest trip for the Buckeyes was to Sarasota, Fla. in mid-February, which tallied approximately 1,085 miles. The squad has invaded the state of North Carolina on three occasions; while states traveled also include Illinois, Texas, Florida and Indiana.
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.
Next on the agenda, the Buckeyes will play host to the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, April 12-13. The tournament will take place on the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club.