Ohio's Golf Magazine — July 2009
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MGLF: Ohio State Hires Donnie Darr as Head Men’s Golf Coach

Assistant coach of national powerhouse Oklahoma State returns to home state as the 10th head coach of the Buckeyes COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State has hired Donnie Darr as the head coach of the men’s golf team, Heather Lyke, Associate Athletic Director and golf sports administrator, announced Saturday. Darr will be just the 10th men’s golf coach in the 88-year history of the program.

“It is a huge honor to be chosen as the next head coach of the Ohio State men’s golf team and to follow a legend like Coach Jim Brown,” Darr said. “The Ohio State University has a rich tradition in college golf and I am eager to build on it.” “We are thrilled to have Donnie Darr as the next leader of our men’s golf program,” Lyke said. “Donnie’s leadership style, competitive passion, ability to teach and enhance our student-athletes’ game and strong Ohio ties make him the ideal choice for our next head coach at Ohio State.” “We would like to thank all the alumni, studentathletes and athletic department staff who provided their insight during the selection process,” she added.

Darr returns to his home state from national powerhouse Oklahoma State, where he served as assistant coach for the last three seasons. While with the Cowboys, the team extended their record of consecutive NCAA Championship appearances to 63, while placing fourth in 2008 and advancing to the match play portion of the event this season after leading the fi eld in stroke play.

Each of the last two seasons, Darr helped Oklahoma State nab the top recruiting classes. Among them were Rickie Fowler, the 2008 College Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and a two-time First Team All-America honoree, and Morgan Hoffmann, the 2009 Freshman of the Year, First Team All-America selection and the Big 12 Player and Newcomer of the Year.

Prior to Oklahoma State, Darr gained experience as the head coach at the University of Akron in 2005-

06. During his season with the Zips, he began to rebuild the program and ended the team’s nine-year tournament victory drought. Brad Wright, redshirt senior-to-be and Buckeye tri-captain, and Vaughn Snyder, who just concluded his Ohio State career and is playing in the upcoming U.S. Open, both played under Darr’s direction their freshman season.

A 1996 Kent State graduate, Darr began his coaching career at his alma mater. He was the assistant coach for the men’s and women’s golf teams in 2001-02, and was promoted to associate head coach of both programs from 2002-04. Darr also served as assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma during the 2004-05 season.

A standout golfer with the Golden Flashes, Darr was a four-time First Team All-Mid-American Conference honoree from 1993-96 and was chosen as the MAC Sportsman of the Year in 1996. He earned Third Team All-America honors as a junior and also received the Merle Wagoner Award as a senior, given to Kent State’s outstanding senior male athlete. Darr was inducted into Kent State’s prestigious Varsity “K” Hall of Fame in 2004.

After college, Darr toured as a professional golfer for one season (1997-98) before serving four years as an assistant golf professional in northeast Ohio at Windmill Lakes Country Club in Ravenna and Lakewood Country Club in Westlake.

Darr and his wife, Tina, also a Kent State graduate, are the parents of triplets (Allie, Anna and Leo) as well as their daughter, Lucy.

“My wife, Tina, and I are very excited to be moving home,” Darr said. “I am fortunate to have my dream job and be able to raise my family in Columbus.”

MGLF: Vaughn Snyder Qualifi es for 2009 U.S. Open Championship

Snyder joins Tiger Woods and worlds best June 18- 21 at Bethpage in New York COLUMBUS, Ohio – Vaughn Snyder, who recently concluded his career with the Ohio State men’s golf team, qualifi ed for the 2009 U.S. Open Championship Monday. The U.S. Open will be played at the Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale,

N. Y., June 18-21.

Snyder, from Massillon, Ohio, grabbed one of the remaining available spots in the fi eld by advancing past sectional qualifying with a 36-hole total of 6-under 136 (67-69) at NCR Country Club in Dayton, Ohio. Snyder will be the only current or former Buckeye in the fi eld and one of 12 amateurs competing.

Snyder was a PING All-Midwest Region awardwinner and a Second Team All-Big Ten selection this season. He fi nished second on the team with 73.57 stroke average and played in all 37 rounds.

Snyder led the Buckeyes with fi ve rounds in the 60’s and 10 rounds under par. He won two tournaments in the fall (Memphis Invitational and Turtle Bay Resort Intercollegiate) and recorded the lowest round of the season for Ohio State with a 5-under 66.

OG Update – Vaughn failed to make the cut for the weekend.

WGLF: Buckeye Transfer, Ohio Native Allie White Advances to

U. S. Women’s Open Lancaster product, who will be a sophomore at Ohio State next season, among fi eld of 156 players at Saucon Valley, July 9-12 COLUMBUS, Ohio – Allie White, a Buckeye transfer from Lancaster, Ohio, has advanced past the sectional qualifying round to earn a spot in the 156-player fi eld at the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open Championship, held July 9-12 at Saucon Valley Country Club’s Old Course in Bethlehem, Pa.

White, who will be a sophomore at Ohio State next season, carded a 78 during sectional qualifying on the Forest Creek Golf Club’s North Course, June 2 in Pinehurst, N.C. “We are very excited to add Allie to our roster for the upcoming season,” Ohio State head coach Therese Hession said. “She is a tremendous golfer who made quite an impact during her freshman year. We look forward to adding her talent to our team; she is a great addition both as a player and person.” During her freshman year at North Carolina, White earned a Golfweek All-America Honorable Mention selection after leading the Tar Heels with a 73.78 stroke average. She had eight Top 20 fi nishes, including three Top 10 placements, and totaled six rounds under par and three rounds in the 60’s.

White played in 11 events and had all of her 32 rounds counted towards the team score.

In postseason action, the Lancaster High School product placed ninth in the ACC Championship and led UNC in both rounds of NCAA action, tying for 15th at the East Regional and tying for 16th at the national championships.

“I am thrilled to be a Buckeye,” White said. “I have cheered for Ohio State since I was little and am excited to become a part of this team. Coach Hession has such enthusiasm for golf and the team is great to be around. I want to do my best and help build the program.” “Getting to the U.S. Open was one of my big goals, so I am very excited,” she added. “I want to go out and play well and have a lot of fun.”

Lancaster CC June 24, 2009 18 year old Nathan Kerns from Ironton, Ohio followed his opening round 69 with an even par 72 to claim the 2009 title by 2 shots over the defending champion, Smith Brinker, 16 years old of Cincinnati.

Kerns got off to a quick start today with a birdie at the first. He had 2 other birdies and 3 bogeys on the day. Comi ng to the 18th tee Smith had even the tournament with back to back birdies at the 16th and 17th. An errant tee shot that kicked well away from the green caused Smith a double bogey finish and secured the championship for Nathan.

In the 15 and under division, Joo- Young Lee, 14 years old from Hilliard fired a second consecutive 73 to claim that title, one that is shared with the likes of Jack Nicklaus. His 146 total held off Michael Bernard, 15 years old of Huber Heights by 1 shot.