Ohio State picking up where it left off

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Donnie Darr isn't quite ready to proclaim this year's Ohio State men's team on a par with last year's Buckeyes.

But after the season's first weekend, OSU's third-year head coach likes what he sees.

Ohio State, led by medalist Alex Redfield's closing 65, shot a final-round 10-under 274 for an 18-under 834 total to win the Marshall Invitational on Tuesday at Guyan Golf Club in Huntington, W.Va.

A trophy in Huntington and the leaves starting to hint at the approach of fall seems to be an autumn tradition for the Scarlet and Gray. Ohio State has won the Marshall event 19 times over the years, including two in a row. Last year, the victory kick-started a season in which the Buckeyes would advance all the way to the final eight qualifiers for match play at the NCAA Championship.

One hurdle at a time, though.

"It's nice for our guys to get a victory and come from behind," said Darr, who must replace Bo Hoag and Brad Smith from a team that quietly rose to No. 23 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings last spring. "There's always a game within a game. We want to beat the (Big Ten) conference teams and beat the Midwest teams."

Check and check in Week 1.

Eastern Kentucky (839) was second, followed by Northwestern (841), second-round leader Virginia Commonwealth (846) and Xavier (848) in the top 5.

Redfield, a senior from Columbus, vaulted from 11th place with his 6-under final round to finish at 9-under 204, one shot ahead of Eastern Kentucky's Brian Fister (69--205) and Northwestern's Eric Chun (70--205). Marshall's Bosten Miller (70--206), Kentucky's Cody Martin (71-206) and VCU's Marc Dobias (69--206) tied for fourth.

Redfield's first college victory could signal that this is his year and his team. He was No. 395 in last year's Golfweek rankings.

Freshman Boo Timko shot 68--207 to tie for seventh, the only other OSU player among the top 10.

Darr and the Buckeyes should get a better idea of where they might stand early in the season. OSU plays at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational on Sept. 16-18.

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