Oct. 11, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's golf team will hit the road for the Rod Myers Invitational scheduled Saturday and Sunday in Durham, N.C. Hosted by the Blue Devils at the Duke University Golf Club, the Buckeyes will take on a field of 10 other teams at the par 72, 7,154-yard course.
Name: Rod Myers Invitational
Course: Duke University Golf Club - Durham, N.C.
Yardage: 7,154 yards - Par 72
Field (11 Teams - Golf Week Rankings):
Schedule of Play:
Saturday, Oct. 13 - First Round (18), begins at 7:50 a.m. (tee times)
Saturday, Oct. 13 - Second Round (18), continuous play following first round
Sunday, Oct. 14 - Final Round (18), begins at 8:05 a.m. (tee times)
THE BUCKEYE LINEUP
Ohio State will receive scores from five team members at the Rod Myers Invitational, while another will take on the field individually.
Junior Boo Timko will once again bring experience to the Buckeye lineup. Timko has competed in every tournament possible during his Buckeye career.
Also scoring for the Scarlet and Gray are sophomores Tee-k Kelly and Max Rosenthal. Freshman standout Frederik Hammer will join the squad for the fourth tournament of his collegiate golf career, while Hammer's classmate Clark Engle will get the first start as a Buckeye.
Junior Trey Sullivan will represent Ohio State as an individual competitor.
SCOUTING THE LINKS
On Sept. 26, 1957, the Duke University Golf Club opened its doors to the public. The course was immediately recognized as one of the top collegiate golf facilities in the nation. An attribution of the attention the course received, the 1962 men's NCAA Golf Championship was held at the course. A redesign of the course was completed in April 1994, which included input from renowned architect Rees Jones.
LAST TIME OUT
After three rounds of play on the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club, the Buckeye men's golf team concluded the Jack Nicklaus Invitational in eighth. Ohio State carded a 47-over 899 on the par 71, 7,455-yard course, with sophomore Tee-k Kelly posting the lowest individual score for the Buckeyes with a 5-over 218.
The Jack Nicklaus Tournament, hosted annually by the Buckeyes, welcomed a field of 12 to the Nicklaus designed Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club Sept. 29-30. The tournament went off without a hitch and set up a nice golfing weekend in Columbus before the city hosted the President's Cup the following week.
Saturday is projected to be cloudy in Durham with temperatures reaching the high-60s. There will be a slight chance of rain, 20 percent, on the opening day, but an increased threat will be present Sunday when showers are in the forecast. The wind may also pick up on the closing day (13 mph), while temperatures will remain steady.
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 return to competition with the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate in Dallas, Oct. 28-29.
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