Oct. 2, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team is set to compete at the Windy City Invitational in Chicago, Oct. 3-4. Hosted by Big Ten foe Northwestern, the tournament will take place at the par 72, 6,333-yard Glen View Club. Featuring 10 teams ranked in the Top 50, the two-day, 54-hole event will begin each day with a 7:30 a.m. (CT) start.
Name: Windy City Classic
Course: Glen View Club (par 72, 6,333 yards)
Field: 15 Teams (Golfweek/Sagarinrankings)Arizona (44)
New Mexico (43)
Oklahoma State (4)
Ohio State (48)
Texas Tech (18)
UC Davis (19)
Monday, Oct. 3: 36 holes (7:30 a.m.)
Tuesday, Oct. 4: 18 holes (7:30 a.m.)
KEEPING AN EYE ON THINGS
Live scoring for the tournament will be available at www.golfstat.com. A link to the tournament will also be available at the women’s golf schedule page on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The Buckeyes are also on Twitter at twitter.com/OhioState_WGolf and Facebook at facebook.com/OhioStateWomensGolf.
Buckeyes traveling to the Windy City include senior Vicky Villanueva, juniors Susana Benavides, Rachel Rohanna and Amy Meier, and freshman Kendall Prince. Freshman Jan Chanpalangsri will represent Ohio State as an individual competitor.
In the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings released Sept. 27, Ohio State was tabbed as the No. 48 team in the nation. In addition to the Buckeyes, nine other teams competing at the Windy City Invitational hail from the Top 50 of the rankings. The 15-team field will include the No. 1 and 4 teams in the nation in Texas and Oklahoma State, respectively.
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State opened its 2011-12 campaign with a second-place finish at the Mary Fossum Invitational (Sept. 17-18). Competing on the par 72, 6,236-yard Forest Akers Golf Course in East Lansing, Mich., Ohio State carded a team score of 907 led by senior Vicky Villanueva who tied for eighth at 226.
A LOOK AT THE LINKS
Designed by architect Tom Fazio, the par 72, 6,333-yard Glen View Club course opened for play in 2001. Featuring rolling terrain highlighted by lakes and streams, the course has been a three-time host to the LaSalle Bank Open.
Prince is from Lake Oswego, Oregon, where she attended Lakeridge High School. She was a three time first-team all-state and first-team all-league selection as well as a Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT) First Team All-American in 2010. Prince was the FCWT Co-Player of the Year for the West Region in 2010 after winning four of five tournaments that season. She also picked up her first AJGA win in Wenatchee, Wash., after rounds of 71-73-72 to win by three strokes.
At Lakeridge High School, Prince was undefeated during the 2010 regular season to earn the Three Rivers League Player of the Year award. She was district champion that year, never shot over par the entire season and was runner-up in the Oregon state championship after a third-place finish in 2009. Lakeridge finished third as a team in 2010 and second in 2009. Prince has earned a total of eight letters in high school while also competing in soccer and basketball.
Chanpalangsri is originally from Bangkok, Thailand, but attended St. Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, Fla. She fired rounds of 68-69 to claim the 2010 Florida State High School title. Chanpalangsri also had two runner-up finishes during AJGA action in 2010, taking second at the Golf Pride Junior Classic and at the Accusport Championship after closing with a 68.
From Lima, Ohio, Balyeat was named the 2010 Lima Junior Golf Association Player of the Year. While attending Shawnee High School, she helped the Indians to three league crowns and a third-place finish at the state tournament in 2011. For her efforts, Balyeat was a first-team all-district selection in 2009 and ’10.
After completing play at the Windy City Invitational, the Buckeyes will head to French Lick, Ind., to preview their Big Ten course and competition at the Lady Northern Invitational (Oct. 10-11). Ohio State will wrap its fall slate at the Landfall Tradition (Oct. 28-30) in Wilmington, N.C.
Junior Rachel Rohanna had a solid summer of golf as the Waynesburg, Pa., product earned a spot at the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open, July 7-10, at the Broadmoor Country Club-East Course in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Rohanna opened the tournament with a 2-over 73 and followed with a 9-over 80 in the second round, narrowly missing the cut with an 11-over 153. Over the two days, she carded three birdies in the first U.S. Women’s Open appearance of her career.
The 2010-11 season marks the 21st year the Buckeyes are led by head coach Therese Hession. A former LPGA professional, Hession has molded the Ohio State golf program into one with a strong tradition of excellence. In her tenure, she has led the Buckeyes to seven Big Ten championships, 12 NCAA championship appearances and 17-consecutive NCAA regional appearances. Hession is an NGCA Hall of Famer and six-time Big Ten Coach of the Year.
The Buckeyes will preview their Big Ten course and competition at the Lady Northern Invitational in French Lick, Ind., Oct. 10-11