March 22, 2018

Buckeyes Hit the Road for Clemson Invitational

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team looks to continue its strong spring when it competes in the Clemson Invitational starting Friday at The Reserve at Lake Keowee in Sunset, S.C. The tournament features a 15-team field that will play 18 holes Friday through Sunday.

TOURNAMENT TIDBITS
Name: Clemson Invitational
Live Scoring: Golfstat.com
Course: The Reserve at Lake Keowee (Sunset, S.C.)
Yardage: 6,260 yards – Par 72
Format: Play 5, count 4
Schedule of Play:
Friday, March 23 (18 holes with tee times beginning at 8 a.m.)
Saturday, March 24 (18 holes with tee times beginning at 8 a.m.)
Sunday, March 25 (18 holes with tee times beginning at 8 a.m.)
*All times local
Field (15 teams): *Golfstat Top 25 Collegiate Rankings listed
Clemson, Florida State, No. 7 Furman, Harvard, Indiana, No. 11 Michigan State, Ohio State, No. 15 Oklahoma, No. 21 Purdue, Tennessee, Tulane, Texas A&M, UNC-Wilmington, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin

BUCKEYE LINEUP

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

WEATHER FORECAST
Weather Channel is forecasting mostly sunny skies with highs in the low-60s Friday before rain arrives for the weekend with temperatures in the mid-50s.

OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State finished fourth at the Clover Cup March 16-18 at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz. Oklahoma won the tournament at 7-over, followed by Arizona State at 9-over, Kentucky at 17-over and the Buckeyes at 18-over. Junior Jaclyn Lee earned her third Top 10 finish of the 2017-18 season, placing second at 4-under par, one stroke behind Oklahoma’s Julienne Soo.

LEE EARNS ANOTHER B1G GOLFER OF THE WEEK HONOR
Jaclyn Lee was named Big Ten Golfer of the Week, the conference office announced March 21. The award is the third for Lee, who also earned the accolade Sept. 20 and Feb. 28.

The Calgary, Alberta, native earned her fourth Top 10 finish of the 2017-18 season last weekend at the Clover Cup, placing second at 4-under par, one stroke behind Oklahoma’s Julienne Soo. Lee carded rounds of 72, 69 and 71 at Longbow Golf Club and now has six-consecutive rounds at or below par. Lee tallied 14 birdies on the weekend, the most of any competitor in the field, and played the Par-4’s at 1-over for the tournament, the second-best of any player. Lee tied for sixth in Par-5 scoring at 5 under and tied for sixth in Par-3 scoring at even-par.

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.