Jim Brown, Longest Running Ohio State Golf Coach Announced As Guest Speaker At Annual Golf Tournament in Sarasota, Florida

Top Quote Jim Brown, coach of The Ohio State University Golf Team from 1973 – 2009, will be the guest speaker at the Sarasota-Manatee Ohio State Alumni Club’s 16th Annual Golf Outing, Saturday, April 7, 2018. The event will be held at the Highlands Course of The Meadows Country Club, 3101 Longmeadow, Sarasota with a tee-time of 8:30 am and lunch following in the Regency Room. End Quote
  • Sarasota-Bradenton, FL (1888PressRelease) March 22, 2018 - Brown, a 1966 graduate of OSU, began his coaching career in 1973 and led the Buckeye linksters to 17 Big Ten championships. The Buckeyes won the conference crown every season from 1976-1990 except for 1981 and ’88 when they were runners-up. Under Brown’s leadership the Buckeyes qualified for the NCAA tournament 31 times, with 11 Top 10 finishes and claimed the 1979 national championship. To prove the ’79 season was no fluke, the program finished fourth in the NCAA’s 1980, 1983, 1987, and again in 1997.

    During his tenure at OSU, Brown was the winningest coach in the NCAA with a career record of 5,609-1,791-43 and 157 tournament victories. He earned National Coach of the Year honors in 1995 and 1996. He also coached the NCAA All-Star Team that competed in Japan in 1979 and the 1999 Palmer Cup team that defeated a team of top collegiate players from Great Britain and Ireland. His greatest personal achievement came in 1989 when he was elected to the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame. Two years later, he was inducted into The Ohio State University Athletic Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Martins Ferry High School Hall of Fame in 1972, the Ohio High School Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Ohio Golf Association Hall of Fame in 2006.

    The annual tournament benefits students who graduate from any Sarasota or Manatee high school and attend The Ohio State University. Over $103,000 has been awarded to local students who became a part of the Buckeye Nation; there are currently 12 local scholarship recipients attending OSU.

    A $130 participation fee entitles players to 18 holes of play at the Highlands Course at The Meadows Country Club followed by lunch in the Regency Room. Winner of the Hole-In-One Contest will win a two-year lease on a new Ford Mustang. Other prizes will be awarded for the Straightest Drive, Closest To The Pin, Longest Putt, Longest Drive (men’s and women’s individual awards), as well as cash prizes for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams. There will also be a long-ball-driver from Charity Golf International. All participates will be given chance tickets to win any one of 75-100 prizes donated by local stores, courses, hotels, restaurants, boutiques, and more. There will also be a silent auction. Coach Brown will speak following the luncheon.

    The Sarasota-Manatee Ohio State University Alumni Club is ranked as a Scarlet Club through The Ohio State University Alumni Association and is one of the top clubs in the country. Since 1999 the club has supported approximately 35 students and supports the local community through beach clean-ups, the My Hometown Festival, the All-Faith’s Food Bank, and through supporting the Archie Griffin Golf Classic that raises money for the local Boys and Girls Clubs. Over 350 area households make up the membership of the local alumni organization.

    Those wishing to register for the golf tournament can do so by going to www.sarasotabuckeye.org to register. Participants may also email DMTaylor400 ( @ ) gmail dot com to request a registration form or call 772-341-6448.

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