April 24, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Following a strong regular season finish at the Northwestern Spring Invitational, the Ohio State men’s golf team kicks off postseason play this weekend at the 2013 Big Ten Championships in French Lick, Ind., April 26-28. The Buckeyes look to secure an automatic bid to an NCAA Regional on the par 72, 7,152-yard Pete Dye Course at the French Lick Resort.
Name: Big Ten Championships
Course: French Lick Resort – Pete Dye Course (par 72, 7,152 yards)
Field: 12 teams (Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)
Two sophomores in Boo Timko and Grant Weaver highlight the lineup for the Buckeyes. Both competed in last year’s conference tournament with Weaver being named the 2012 Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Competing in their first postseason tournament are freshmen Tee-k Kelly, Michael Bernard and Max Rosenthal.
HOW IT WORKS
The Big Ten Championships will mark the longest tournament of the year for the Buckeyes. Teams will compete in 72 holes of golf over three days, compared to the typical 54-hole format. Back-to-back rounds will be played Friday along with 18 holes played both Saturday and Sunday. Five student-athletes will compete for each school with the lowest four scores counting toward the team total. A Big Ten title as well as an automatic bid into the 2013 NCAA Regional Tournament will be awarded to the team that posts the lowest total score.
BUCKEYES AT BIG TENS
Ohio State has won 23 conference titles as a member of the Big Ten. That marks the most by any school in the league. Eighteen Buckeyes have earned medalist honors. The program’s last conference championship came in 2004.
SCOUTING THE FIELD
Ohio State has faced eight Big Ten opponents at least once this season. The Buckeyes will enter the tournament with a 7-4 record in tournament play, while the squad finished 2-2 at the Big Ten Match Play Championship in February to finish fourth.
Ohio State vs. 2012-13 Big Ten Opponents
- Illinois, 0-2
- Indiana, 2-1
- Iowa, 0-2
- Michigan, 2-0
- Michigan State, 2-0
- Purdue, 1-1
- Wisconsin, 2-0
BIG TEN BACKTRACK
The Ohio State men’s golf team finished ninth overall at the conclusion of the 2012 edition of the Big Ten Championships. The team totaled a 1,220 on the Pete Dye Course. Grant Weaver led the Scarlet and Gray, tying for 21st overall. Classmates Boo Timko and Logan Jones each finished tied for 35th overall.
RECAP: NORTHWESTERN SPRING INVITE
The Ohio State men’s golf team finished the final day of the Northwestern Spring Invitational in second with a 54-hole score of 8-under 856 on the par 72, 7,149-yard Glen Club, marking a new team low this spring season.
Sophomores Boo Timko and Grant Weaver each notched career-best finishes, coming in second and third, respectively. Timko, a Girard, Ohio, product, carded a season low 8-under 208 (71-70-67), having four birdies and one eagle on the final day to offset one bogie. Weaver, of Wooster, Ohio, tied a career low score with a 6-under 210 (73-69-68) and totaled a team-best 13 birdies over three rounds.
BY THE NUMBERS
Ohio State has competed in 11 tournaments and one match play tournament this season, holding a 65-59-2 record vs. its 2012-13 opponents. Sophomore Boo Timko currently leads the team in stroke average with a 73, while classmate Grant Weaver is close behind with a 73.71 average. Timko and Weaver have a team-best six finishes in the Top 20 apiece, including a second-place finish for Timko in April.
THE CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE
The Big Ten Championships will take place at a neutral site for the second-straight season with the men’s and women’s programs competing on the same weekend, April 26-28. Each will take place at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind., with the men and women will compete on French Lick’s Pete Dye and Donald Ross courses, respectively.
The Dye course will be set at par 72, 7,152 yards for the championships. Located on one of Indiana’s highest elevation points the 18-hole course boasts a variety of elevation changes as well as three man-made lakes.
Skies will be cloudy with a high of 64 Friday and a minimal chance for rain. Mostly cloudy skies and a high of 66 is expected for Saturday, while the sky will turn cloudy again Sunday with a high of 70.
Buckeye Spotlight - Daniel Wetterich