Buckeyes Welcome Field of 12 for Jack Nicklaus Invitational
Sept. 28, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's golf team will welcome a challenging field for the fourth-annual Jack Nicklaus Invitational Sept. 29-30. Taking place on the par 71, 7,455-yard Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club, the tournament will consist of 54 holes played over two days of competition.
Name: 2013 Jack Nicklaus Invitational
Course: The Ohio State University Golf Club, Scarlet Course - Columbus, Ohio
Yardage: 7,455 yards - Par 71
Field (12 Teams - Golf World Rankings):
East Tennessee State
Kent State (19)
Long Beach State
Oklahoma State (6)
Schedule of Play:
Sunday, Sept. 29 - First Round (18), begins at 9 a.m. (shotgun)
Sunday, Sept. 29 - Second Round (18), continuous play following first round
Monday, Sept. 30 - Final Round (18), begins at 8:15 a.m. (tee times)
THE BUCKEYE LINEUP
Ohio State will receive scores from five team members at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational.
Juniors Boo Timko and Grant Weaver will once again bring experience to the Buckeye lineup. Timko has competed in every tournament possible during his Buckeye career, while Weaver has made an appearance in all but one.
THE GOLDEN BEAR
Born in Columbus, Jack Nicklaus attended The Ohio State University from 1957-61 and received an honorary doctorate from the university in 1972. The tournament this weekend, once again named in Nicklaus' honor, will mark the fourth time the Ohio State golf program has paid tribute to the golfing legend in such manner.
Nicklaus is one of the greatest golfers to ever play the game, tallying 73 official victories on the PGA Tour and 118 total victories across the globe during his 43-year career (1962-2005). With 18 major-championship titles under his belt, Nicklaus has earned dozens of accolades including "Individual Male Athlete of the Century" by Sports Illustrated and the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. In 2005, the Golden Bear was honored by President George W. Bush with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a civilian.
In addition to his wildly successful career as a master of the links, Nicklaus is also an accomplished golf course architect. His course architecture company, Nicklaus Design, has had a hand in designing nearly 350 courses around the world, including Muirfield Village and the redesign of Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
Nicklaus has left his mark on the game of golf as a player, architect and philanthropist. He currently lives in Palm Beach, Fla. with his wife, Barbara. They are parents to five and grandparents to 21.
Located two miles northwest of the main campus, The Ohio State University Golf Club first opened in 1938 and was designed by famed architect Dr. Alister MacKenzie. Under the direction of Buckeye legend Jack Nicklaus it underwent a major renovation in 2005 and reopened in the spring of 2006.
The club features two courses - Scarlet and Gray. The Scarlet Course has played host to numerous tournaments on the amateur and professional levels, including U.S. Open Qualifying, the Nationwide Tour's Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational, AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions, several men's and women's Big Ten championships and NCAA regionals. The Scarlet Course has also welcomed 10 men's national championships, most recently in 2002.
LAST TIME OUT
After an impressive third round of play, the Ohio State men's golf team concluded the Windon Memorial in Lake Forest, Ill. in a fourth-place tie with Purdue. The Buckeyes carded an 11-over 875 total on the par 72, 7,202-yard course at the Knollwood Club. The total includes a 1-under 287 performance by the squad on the final day of action.
Boo Timko, a junior from Girard, Ohio, tallied six birdies in the third round to finish with his lowest score of the tournament at 3-under 69. Overall, Timko dropped a 1-under 215, which put him in an 11th-place tie in the individual standings.
Weather.com offers nearly identical weather forecasts for Sunday and Monday competition days in Columbus. After a week of beautiful weather, there is a slight chance of rain, 30 percent, projected for the Golden Bear's tournament, with high temperatures reaching the low-70s.
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.
A native of Springfield, Ohio, Engle was named the 2011 Ohio Division II Individual State Champion during his time with Springfield Shawnee High School. He was twice named the Central Buckeye Conference Player of the Year, and served as team captain during his junior and senior campaigns. As a senior, Engle recorded a school-record 63 and averaged 34.7 in 9-hole matches and 71.4 in 18-hole tournaments.
Hammer hails from Rungsted, Denmark and was rencently named to the 2013 Big Ten Players to Watch list. In 2009, he won the Doral Junior Publix, European Boys Team Championship as well as the Junior Open. Twice he finished tied for third at the European Boys Championship (2010, 11). He also ranked fifth at the Danish Championship in 2012.
Wick arrives at Ohio State after leading Upper Arlington High School to the 2012 OCC Championship. A two-time recipient of the Jack Nicklaus award, Wick holds a 75 overall average, and his score has counted in every team match for the last two seasons. Wick was an active participant in the Future Collegians World Tour, earning first-team All-America as well as FCWT Central Region Player of the Year honors.
The Buckeyes will have a slight break in action before traveling to Durham, N.C., for the Rod Myers Invitational Oct. 12-13.
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