Oct. 26, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - In the final tournament of the fall season, the Ohio State men's golf team will compete at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate Monday and Tuesday in Dallas. Taking place on the par 71, 7,068-yard course at the Royal Oaks Country Club, the tournament will feature a field of 12 teams, including six ranked in the top 20.
Name: 2013 Royal Oaks Intercollegiate
Course: Royal Oaks Country Club - Dallas, Texas
Yardage: 7,068 yards - Par 71
Field (12 Teams - Golf Week Rankings):
New Mexico (16)
Oklahoma State (5)
Sam Houston State
Texas A&M (3)
Schedule of Play:
Monday, Oct. 28 - First Round (18), begins at 8:30 a.m. (shotgun start)
Monday, Oct. 28 - Second Round (18), continuous play following the first round
Tuesday, Oct. 29 - Final Round (18), begins at 8:30 a.m. (tee times off 1 & 10)
THE BUCKEYE LINEUP
The Ohio State lineup will feature two juniors, three sophomores and one freshman in the 6-count-5 tournament. Leading the way is junior Boo Timko, who has a team-best 72.92 stroke average. Sophomores Tee-k Kelly and Max Rosenthal are set to make their fifth appearance of the season, while classmate Michael Bernard will compete in his third tournament of the fall.
SCOUTING THE LINKS
Located in the heart of Dallas, the Royal Oaks Country Club has a history dating back to 1967. Designed by J. Press Maxwell, Don January and Billy Martindale, the course holds same traditional layout originally intended.
The tournament is hosted in a joint effort from Baylor University and Southern Methodist University. It was established in 2008, with Texas A&M claiming the first team title. Last season, it was Oklahoma State who came out on top after play was halted following 36 rounds of play due to inclement weather.
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes rounded out their time at the Rod Myers Invitational in eighth place with a score of 15-over 879. Hosted by Duke at the Duke University Golf Club in Durham, N.C., the two-day, 54-hole tournament concluded with Ohio State carding an 11-over 299 in the final round of competition.
Junior Boo Timko led the way for the Scarlet and Gray with a 6-under 210 performance. In the third round of play, Timko tallied a 3-under 69, which helped him achieve a fourth-place finish in the individual standings. He dropped 12 birdies on the par 72, 7,154-yard course, including seven in the second round.
According to weather.com, Monday will present a slight, 20 percent, chance of rain with partly cloudy skies and highs reaching the low-80s. Tuesday isolated storms are in the forecast with wind speeds reaching 13 mph.
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.
Ohio State will go on an extended break following the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate. The squad will return for Big Ten Match Play Feb. 14-15 in Sarasota, Fla.
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