September 16, 2016

2016-17 Opens at the East & West Match Play Challenge

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Sept. 16, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Season number No. 26 under the leadership of head coach Therese Hession gets rolling on Sunday (Sept. 18) with the start of the East & West Match Play Challenge (Sept. 18-20). The eight-team field begins competition with 36 holes of qualifying stroke play as the top-four teams advance to the match play championship bracket, while the remaining four will play in a consolation bracket.

TOURNAMENT TIDBITS
Name: East & West Match Play Challenge
Live Scoring: Stroke Play | Match Play
Course: Radrick Farms Golf Course (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Yardage: 6,292 yards – Par 72
Format: Play 5, count 4 – 36 holes of stroke play followed by four-team match play brackets
Schedule of Play:
Stroke Play* – 36 holes (Sunday, Sept. 18) | Shotgun start at 9 a.m. ET
*Ohio State is paired with Kentucky and UC Davis
Match Play (Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 19-20) | Matches start at 9 a.m. Monday and 8:45 a.m. Tuesday
Field (8 teams):
Kentucky
Michigan
Nebraska
Ohio State
No. 18 Oregon
Penn State
UC Davis
Wisconsin

BUCKEYE LINEUP
1 – Jessica Porvasnik | Sr.
2 – Alex Wright | Fr.
3 – Rio Watanabe | r-Jr.
4 – Niki Schroeder | So.
5 – Jaclyn Lee | So.
IND – Zoe-Beth Brake | r-Sr.

WEATHER FORECAST
Weather Channel is forecasting favorable playing conditions for the season opener, calling for mostly sunny skies with temperature highs in the upper 70s/lower 80s and just a 10-percent chance of precipitation throughout the event.

WE’RE GETTING THE BAND BACK TOGETHER
Over 99 percent of Ohio State’s ‘counted’ rounds from last season return for the 2016-17 campaign as just one round counting towards the team tally a season ago was recorded by a since-graduated player. All six Buckeyes representing Ohio State in the 2016 postseason are back, including three-time All-Big Ten performers Katja Pogacar and Jessica Porvasnik, and the 16th-place finisher in last year’s NCAA Championships, Rio Watanabe.

In addition, 2014 First Team All-Big Ten selection, Zoe-Beth Brake, returns for her redshirt senior campaign alongside the sophomore duo of Jaclyn Lee and Niki Schroeder – responsible for a combined 48 ‘counted’ rounds as freshmen.

B1G TITLE DEFENSE
Ohio State enters 2016-17 as the three-time defending Big Ten champions. A run of three straight B1G titles has only occurred four times in conference history, three of which were accomplished by the Buckeyes (1983-85, 2002-05, 2014-16) and the other by Purdue (2008-10). Therese Hession’s 10 Big Ten crowns overall are the most all-time, followed by Sam Carmichael’s seven championships (Indiana; 1982-2004).

SNIDER RETURNS TO THE BIG TEN, JOINS BUCKEYE COACHING STAFF
Stacy Snider brings four years of Division-I head coaching experience to Columbus as the newest member of the Buckeye coaching staff. Snider, a two-time All-Big Ten selection at Michigan State (2001, 2002) and former professional golfer, joined the Ohio State women’s golf program as the assistant coach in August 2016.

COLUMBUS HOSTING 2017 NCAA REGIONAL
The Ohio State University is one of four host sites for the 2017 NCAA Women’s Golf Regionals. The three-day event will be played on the OSU Golf Club’s Scarlet Course from May 8-10, 2017 with six of 18 team advancing to the NCAA Championships (May 19-24) at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.