Dan Charen closes fall with even-par round, Bo Hoag finishes tied for eighth
COLUMBUS, Ohio - After a tough second round at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational, the 23rd-ranked Ohio State men's golf team brought its fall schedule to an end on a high note Tuesday by leading the field with the lowest team score of the day at 6-over 294, four shots better than any other squad.
The score pushed the Buckeyes back up the leaderboard and into eighth place against a challenging, nationally-ranked field with 54-hole total of 900 (+36) on the par 72, 7,544-yard Isleworth Golf & Country Club in Orlando.
Fourth-ranked Alabama edged No. 13 LSU by two strokes for the title with a score of 884. The 15-team field featured eight teams in the top 20, including five in the top 10. Ohio State bested two of those teams - No. 6 Texas (9th place) and No. 10 Georgia (t-11th place) - in the final standings.
Bank Vongvanij of Florida jumped up the individual standings to take medalist honors with a sum of 4-under 212. He was one of only two players to finish the tournament under par.
Ohio State was steady for most of the final round, but started to waver on its last nine holes until the OSU pair of Bo Hoag and Dan Charen each birdied two of their last three holes to right the ship.
The two birdies also brought Charen back to par to conclude the ICI with his best round with a 72. The junior from Langhorne, Pa., tied for 21st with a total of 224.
Ahead of him was Hoag, who fired a 1-over 73 to work his way back into the top 10 and tie for eighth at 4-over 220. It was the second top 10 finish of the fall for the senior. The native of Upper Arlington, Ohio, placed in the top 20 of all of Ohio State's five fall tournaments.
Brad Smith also finished the ICI with a 73 after a great start to his round. Starting on the 10th tee, he had back-to-back birdies at the turn to move to 3-under, but bogeyed four of his last eight holes. The senior from Peru, Ind., finished in a tie for 33rd at 228.
Fellow seniors Michael Cress and Tanner Murphy rounded out the Buckeye lineup in a tie for 61st with a total of 238. Cress, from Dublin, Ohio, closed with a 76 while Murphy, from Upper Arlington, had an 81.
Isleworth Collegiate Invitational - Final
Isleworth Golf & Country Club, Orlando, Fla.
Par 72, 7,544 yards
Team Standings Scores
1. Alabama 291-292-301-884 (+20)
2. LSU 293-294-299-886 (+22)
T-3. Florida 305-290-299-894 (+30)
T-3. Stanford 290-297-307-894 (+30)
T-5. TCU 290-299-306-895 (+31)
T-5. Oklahoma State 298-297-300-895 (+31)
7. Texas Tech 297-300-299-896 (+32)
8. Ohio State 299-307-294-900 (+36)
9. Texas 309-297-298-904 (+40)
10. UCF 307-294-306-907 (+43)
T-11. Tennessee 309-294-305-908 (+44)
T-11. Georgia 304-301-303-908 (+44)
13. SMU 301-307-307-915 (+51)
14. Vanderbilt 298-302-323-923 (+59)
15. Arizona 302-315-315-932 (+68)
Ohio State Results Scores
T-8. Bo Hoag 71-76-73-220 (+4)
T-21. Dan Charen 73-79-72-224 (+8)
T-33. Brad Smith 77-78-73-228 (+12)
T-61. Michael Cress 78-84-76-238 (+22)
T-61. Tanner Murphy 83-74-81-238 (+22)
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