May 13, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's golf team will commence NCAA postseason play May 15-17 at the NCAA Regional in Columbia, Mo. With their place at the NCAA Championships (May 23-28) on the line, the Buckeyes will strive to accomplish one of the top-five lowest scores on the par 72, 7,141-yard course at The Club at Old Hawthorne to advance.
Name: NCAA Columbia Regional
Course: The Club at Old Hawthorne - Columbia, Mo.
Field listed by seed (Golfweek/Sagarin ranking in parenthesis):
1. Oklahoma State (5)
2. Virginia (12)
3. LSU (17)
4. Arkansas (23)
5. Arizona State (27)
6. Iowa (37)
7. San Diego State (34)
8. Missouri (45)
9. Iowa State (43)
10. Middle Tennessee State (61)
11. Ohio State (63)
12. Denver (132)
13. Loyola (Md.) (142)
14. Bryant (241)
1. Pep Angles, Central Arkansas (37)
2. Matt Mabrey, Tulsa
3. Logan McCracken, Tulsa
4. Daniel Wood, Kansas State
5. Alex Taylor, Fairfield
SCHEDULE OF PLAY
Thursday, May 15 - 18 holes
Friday, May 16 - 18 holes
Saturday, May 17 - 18 holes
THE BUCKEYE LINEUP
HOW IT WORKS
1. Boo Timko (Jr.): 72.82 avg., 33 rounds
2. Frederik Hammer (Fr.): 73.63 avg., 32 rounds
3. Tee-k Kelly (So.): 73.97 avg., 33 rounds
4. Logan Jones (Jr.): 75.39 avg., 18 rounds
5. Addison Coll (Fr.): 76.29 avg., 7 rounds
Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted with five teams advancing from each. Three of the regionals will be comprised of 13 teams and 10 individuals, while the other three will boast 14 teams and five individual competitors. Individuals were selected from teams not invited into regional play. The lowest five team scores and lowest individual score not on an advancing team from each regional will advance to the Finals May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas.
SCOUTING THE FIELD
Nine of the 14 teams competing in the NCAA Columbia Regional are ranked in the top-50 nationally by both Golfstat and Golfweek, including top-seeded #2/5 Oklahoma State. Fourteen individuals are slotted in the top-100 by both Golfstat and Golfweek; with an additional five competitors cracking the top-100 in one of the national rankings.
Located a few minutes east of Columbia, Mo., the Club at Old Hawthorne sits on 631 acres of previously used farmland. Architect Art Schaupeter designed the course, which opened in 2007. Other clubs playing host to regional competition include, Auburn University Club (Alabama - Tuscaloosa), Lonnie Poole Golf Club (North Carolina State), Rich Harvest Farms (Northern Illinois), Eugene Country Club (Oregon) and Briggs Ranch Golf Club (Texas - San Antonio).
BACK TO THE B1G
Ohio State concluded the 2014 Big Ten Championships with its second-best round of the 72-hole weekend, shooting 297 on Sunday and finishing at 54-over (1,206) overall to place sixth.
A pair of Buckeyes battled their way into the individual top-10 for the second consecutive season. Boo Timko, a junior from Girard, Ohio, saved his best round for last, carding an even-par 72 on the final day to climb up to sixth place. Sophomore Tee-k Kelly earned a share of seventh place on the individual leaderboard (11-over, 299).
TIMKO VOTED ALL-BIG TEN
Boo Timko earned All-Big Ten Second Team honors for the second time on Wednesday (May 7), doing so both as a sophomore in 2013 and now once again in 2014 during his junior campaign. The Girard, Ohio native was the recipient of a 2014 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award as well.
Timko went 4-0 individually at the Big Ten Match Play Championships and has finished inside the top-20 in over half of his tournaments entered (six of 11). He has also twice notched top-5 showings.
According to Weather.com, scattered thunderstorms are projected for Thursday with a high temperature of 63-degrees. Friday the chance of precipitation decreases to 20 percent, while temperatures will hang around 60-degrees. Rain will return to the forecast for the final round of play on Saturday, where highs will rise to the mid-sixties.
This season Ohio State has dropped three aces in tournament play - two of which were from the club of freshman Frederik Hammer. The first came at the Irish Creek Collegiate April 6, where Hammer hit home on the par-3, 15th hole. Hammer again connected in one stroke at the Boilermaker Invitational April 20, burying the shot form 220 yards out with a 4-iron.
The other Buckeye to accomplish the feat was junior Boo Timko, who posted his during the second round of the Big Ten championships. With a 4-iron into the wind, Timko knocked down the par-3, 13th.
Ohio State will look to secure a trip to the 2014 NCAA Championships scheduled for May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. Live coverage of the finals will be provided by Golf Channel.