March 15, 2018

Buckeyes Back in Arizona for Clover Cup

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March 15, 2018

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team travels to Mesa, Ariz., to compete in the Clover Cup Friday through Sunday at Longbow Golf Club. The tournament, hosted by Notre Dame, features a 16-team field that will play 18 holes each day.

TOURNAMENT TIDBITS
Name: Clover Cup
Live Scoring: BirdieFire.com
Course: Longbow Golf Club (Mesa, Ariz.)
Yardage: 6,184 yards – Par 72
Format: Play 5, count 4
Schedule of Play:
Friday, March 16 (18 holes with tee times beginning at 8 a.m.)
Saturday, March 17 (18 holes with tee times beginning at 8 a.m.)
Sunday, March 18 (18 holes with shotgun start at 8 a.m.)
*All times local
Field (16 teams): *Golfstat Top 25 Collegiate Rankings listed
No. 8 Arizona State, Cincinnati, Delaware, FIU, IUPUI, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, No. 15 Oklahoma, TCU, Texas State, Toledo, UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro

BUCKEYE LINEUP

1. Jaclyn Lee | Jr.
2. Adeena Shears | So.
3. Alex Wright| So.
4. Niki Schroeder | Jr.
5. Rio Watanabe | Sr.
Ind. Alanis Sakuma | Fr.

WEATHER FORECAST
Weather Channel is forecasting highs in the low-70s with mostly sunny skies all weekend in Mesa.

OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State finished second as junior Jaclyn Lee earned medalist honors at the Westbrook Spring Invitational Feb. 25-26 at Westbrook Village Golf Club in Peoria, Ariz. The Buckeyes finished 24-under par, one stroke behind first-place Oklahoma, while Lee shot a program-best 64 for the second-consecutive day to earn medalist laurels at 19-under, two strokes ahead of Oklahoma’s Kaitlin Milligan.

LEE EARNS SECOND B1G GOLFER OF THE WEEK HONOR
Jaclyn Lee was named Big Ten Golfer of the Week, the conference office announced Feb. 28. The award is the second such honor for Lee, who earned her first Sept. 20.

Lee helped the Buckeyes to a second-place finish at the Westbrook Spring Invitational, which concluded Feb. 26, earning medalist honors at 19-under par, two strokes ahead of Oklahoma’s Kaitlin Milligan. The Calgary, Alberta, native opened the tournament using seven birdies and an eagle against just one bogey to shoot a 64, breaking Jessica Porvasnik’s previous school-record 65 set in the opening round at the Westbrook Spring Invitational in 2014.

After a 3-under 69 in the second round kept her three back of the lead, Lee tallied a birdie on four of her first eight holes in the final round, and recorded a birdie-birdie finish to post a bogey-free 64 and conclude the tournament at 19-under. For the tournament, Lee was five strokes better than anybody in Par-5 scoring at 12-under, tying for the most eagles in the field with two and notching the second-most birdies.

Lee and the Buckeyes notched one of the best tournament scores in program history with a team total of 840, two strokes back of the Buckeyes’ best 54-hole finish set four years ago at the same tournament.

HESSION ENTERING 27TH SEASON
Buckeye head coach Therese Hession is in her 27th season in Columbus. Hession has led the Buckeyes to 24 NCAA Regionals, 16 NCAA Championships appearances and 10 Big Ten championships in her 26 seasons. The seven-time Big Ten Coach of the Year guided the Buckeyes to an appearance in the NCAA quarterfinals last season.

In August, Hession was named a coach for the United States team at the 2018 Arnold Palmer Cup, where she’ll coach alongside Oklahoma’s Ryan Hybl for the United States while Herb Page of Kent State and Canada and Anne Walker of Stanford and Scotland will lead the international side. The event, which will be held at Evian Resort Golf Club July 6-8, is a Ryder Cup-style competition that will be the first played under the expanded format to include men’s and women’s collegiate golfers.

In addition, Stacy Snider Olson enters her second season as an assistant on the Ohio State coaching staff. Snider, who has five years of Division I head coaching experience, was a two-time All-Big Ten selection at Michigan State (2001, 2002) and former professional golfer.

MALLON ENTERS WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME
Former Buckeye Meg Mallon was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in New York Sept. 26. Mallon joined the World Golf Hall of Fame alongside Davis Love III, Lorena Ochoa, Ian Woosnam and Henry Longhurst.

Mallon spent 23 years on the LPGA Tour, winning 18 titles, including four Majors. She won the LPGA Championship and the U.S. Women’s Open in a breakout season in 1991 before adding a du Maurier Classic title in 2000 and her second U.S. Women’s Open Championship in 2004. Mallon played on eight consecutive U.S. Solheim Cup teams from 1992 to 2005 and was named captain of the U.S. team in 2013. The Natick, Mass., native was named one of the LPGA’s Top 50 players and teachers in 2000 and retired from the tour in 2010.

During her time at Ohio State, Mallon was a four-year letterwinner from 1982-1985 and a two-time first team All-Big Ten selection in 1984 and 1985. She won the 1983 Michigan Amateur Championship while at Ohio State and helped lead the Buckeyes to three Big Ten titles in 1983, 1984 and 1985. She was voted to the Ohio State University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996.