April 18, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - As a final tune up prior to postseason play, the Ohio State men's golf team will travel to West Lafayette, Ind. for the Boilermaker Invitational, April 19-20. Hosted by Purdue University on the par 72, 7,259-yard Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex, the tournament will feature a field of 15 - including seven members of the Big Ten Conference.
Name: The 2014 Boilermaker Invitational
Course: Kampen Course, Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex
Field (15 Teams):
No. 7 Illinois
No. 38 Iowa
No. 30 Kent State
No. 43 Northwestern
No. 39 Purdue
No. 14 UCLA
The Buckeyes own a head-to-head record of 10-8-5 against the field despite six teams ranked in the top-50 nationally.
Saturday, April 19 - First/Second Rounds (8:45 a.m. / shotgun start)
Sunday, April 20 - Final Round (8:45 a.m. / shotgun start)
Play 5, Count 4
Ohio State will be represented by two juniors, a sophomore and two freshmen. Leading the charge is the red-hot freshman Frederik Hammer, pacing team with a 72.64 average and coming off a co-medalist performance at last week's Robert Kepler Intercollegiate. Junior Boo Timko is right behind, posting an average of 72.81 while playing all 26 rounds this season. He has fired a team-high six rounds in the 60s. Sophomore Tee-k Kelly has manned a spot in the lineup for every round as well, playing at a 73.88 clip, good for third-best on the squad.
Freshman Clark Engle has counted in eight of his 11 rounds played, averaging 74.18 and shooting under par six times. Junior Logan Jones played as an individual in last week's Kepler, finishing the fourth-highest of any Buckeye. He earns a spot in the lineup this week in the Boilermaker Invitational.
CHANCE TO BEAT THE BEST
Eight golfers ranked in the nation's top-100 by Golfweek and/or Golfstat are expected to compete in the Boilermaker Invitational, providing the Buckeyes an opportunity to make a splash: No. 24 Jonathan Garrick (UCLA), No. 29 Brian Campbell (Illinois), No. 30 Adam Schenk (Purdue), No. 34 Taylor Pendrith (Kent State), No. 36 Thomas Detry (Illinois), No. 56 Charlie Danielson (Illinois), No. 64 Steven Ihm (Iowa) and No. 66 Lorens Chan (UCLA).
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes hosted the 2014 Robert Kepler Intercollegiate last weekend, April 12-13, at The Ohio State University Golf Club. Buckeye freshman Frederik Hammer was named the individual co-champion, sharing the crown with Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans. Hammer carded a 3-under 210 (70-69-71) to become the first Buckeye medalist at the Kepler since Brad Wright did so in 2009 playing as an individual. Ohio State ascended in the team standings on Sunday, completing a top-5 showing by shooting 30-over 882 for the weekend.
The tournament will take place on the par 72, 7,259-yard Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex. Designed by Pete Dye, the course features large bent-grass greens, fairways and tees. It is rated one of the top collegiate courses in the nation and has been awarded 4.5 stars on Golf Digest's "Places to Play." Most recently, the 2008 NCAA Men's Golf Championship and 2011 Big Ten Men's Golf Championship were hosted on the greens.
For the second weekend in a row, it appears the Buckeyes will avoid bad weather, as partly sunny skies with a limited chance for precipitation is projected. According to weather.com, highs should reach high-sixties to low-seventies both days of competition with winds picking up on day two.
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; states traveled also include Illinois, Texas, Florida and Indiana.
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.
The Buckeyes will return to action for the 2014 Big Ten Championship, May 2-4. This season the conference showcase will take place in French Lick, Ind.