May 19, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 18/22 Ohio State women’s golf team will be one of 24 teams competing for the 2014 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship this week (May 20-23) in Tulsa, Okla., at the Tulsa Country Club (6,194 yards, Par 70). It marks Ohio State’s 19th trip to the NCAA Championships all-time and 14th under the tutelage of head coach Therese Hession.
In addition to the team title race which includes 19 of Golfstat’s top-25 teams (18 top-25 teams according to Golfweek/Sagarin), 126 student-athletes will be battling for the individual crown.
Live streaming of Rounds 3 and 4 (holes 16, 17 and 18) will be made available on NCAA.com and will be produced by Webstream Productions.
Name: The 2014 NCAA Championships
When: May 20-23, 2014
Course: Tulsa Country Club 6,194 yards, Par 70) in Tulsa, Okla.
Format: Play 5, count 4 – 72 holes
Field (Golfstat/Golfweek rankings): 24 teams, 126 individuals
#4/8 South Carolina
#5/6 Arizona State
#17/26 North Carolina State
#20/22 Michigan State
#22/18 Ohio State
#24/23 Iowa State
-/#24 Mississippi State
Tonje Daffinrud, Denver
Hayley Davis, Baylor
Dana Finkelstein, UNLV
Clariss Guce, CSU-Northridge
Wad Phaewchimplee, Kent State
Gabriella Wahl, East Tennessee State
Ohio State tees it up at 8:30 a.m. ET/7:30 a.m. CT on Tuesday (May 20), paired with Michigan State and Stanford. The Buckeyes get it started in the afternoon session on Day Two (May 21), teeing off at 12:50 p.m. ET/11:50 a.m. CT alongside the Spartans and The Cardinal once again. Tee times for Rounds 3 & 4 will be determined by the team standings following Wednesday’s play.
Highs in the upper 80s, lower 90s expected throughout the week. Partly cloudy skies and winds ranging between 10-20 miles per hour. Precipitation unlikely early on with a slight possibility of raina later in the week.
WELCOME BACK, BUCKEYES
Ohio State Women’s Golf is headed to the NCAA Championships for the 19th time in school history and 14th under the tutelage of head coach Therese Hession. It marks the Buckeyes’ third trip to the NCAA Championships final stage in the last five seasons and 10th excursion since the turn of the century. The best NCAA finish in school history came in 2003 when the Buckeyes placed fourth in the country. Ohio State won five national collegiate crowns (1947, 1949, 1950-52) before women’s golf became an NCAA-sponsored sport in 1982.
POTENTIALLY HISTORIC NUMBERS
The 2013-14 Buckeyes enter the week averaging 297.42 strokes per round. Ohio State’s all-time season record is a 298.05 average posted during the 2004-05 campaign.
In addition, the team’s 54-hole tally of 838 earlier this year at the Westbrook Spring Invitational is the best in school history; shattering the previous mark by 18 shots (856 at the 2005 NCAA East Regional). Freshman Jesssica Porvasnik fired a 65 in the opening round to break an 11-year OSU record for lowest round score. She then came back in round number two and carded a 67 as the team totaled 278, tied for the best team round all-time (2001 Mason Rudolph Championships).
BUCKEYE-LADEN POSTSEASON AWARDS FROM BIG TEN
After seizing its 15th Big Ten Women’s Golf Championship, Ohio State swept the yearly conference postseason honors as Therese Hession earned her seventh career B1G Coach of the Year award and Jessica Porvasnik was named both the B1G Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year.
Zoe-Beth Brake joins fellow freshman, Porvasnik, on the All-Big Ten First Team while Katja Pogacar, also a freshman, was voted to the All-Big Ten Second Team. In addition, junior Claudia Lim picked up B1G Sportsmanship Award laurels.
Porvasnik becomes the sixth different Buckeye to seize conference player of the year recognition, and first since Kristen White won her second yearly accolade in 2005. Porvasnik also marks the eighth Buckeye to be chosen as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. The native Ohioan started collecting B1G hardware at the conference tournament, capturing Big Ten medalist honors (third freshman in B1G history to do so) and the Mary Fossum Award (lowest stroke average relative to par in the Big Ten).
Jessica Porvasnik QUALIFIES FOR THE U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN
Ohio State freshman golfer Jessica Porvasnik filled the time gap between the NCAA Regional and NCAA Championship Finals by qualifying for the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open. Porvasnik fired back-to-back rounds of 73 to place second at one of 24 sectional qualifying sites across the globe (four international locations were added for the first time ever this year). The top-3 at the Butler Country Club in Butler, Pa., on May 12 earned the chance to compete in the LPGA’s oldest major championship (1950-present).
Porvasnik will be one of 156 golfers vying for the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open trophy the weekend of June 19-22. The field will be whittled down from an all-time record 1,702 entries accepted, crushing the previous record of 1,420 set last year.
Allison Harper, a senior and Upper Arlington native playing in her final regular season tournament, dropped in an ace on the par-3 13th with a 7-iron from 160 yards out in the Lady Buckeye Invitational. It came on the same day that Frederik Hammer from the Ohio State men’s team connected on a hole-in-one as well, competing in the Boilermaker Invitational.
Freshman Jessica Porvasnik recorded a hole-in-one earlier this season, utilizing an 8-iron to ace a 163-yard par-3 at the Westbrook Spring Invitational.