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In Hong Lim leads Ohio State with even-par round of 72

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 19th-ranked Ohio State women’s golf team opened the 2010 Big Ten Championships with a team score of 6-over 294 to sit in second place after 18 holes Friday in Madison, Wis. Competing on the par 72, 6224-yard University Ridge Golf Course, the Buckeyes are five strokes away from No. 8 Purdue in the top slot. 

The Boilermakers, led by Laura Gonzalez who is in first place after an opening round of 1-under 71, sit atop the leaderboard with a sum of 289.

Leading the Buckeyes in one round was junior In Hong Lim. The Melbourne, Australia native opened the tournament with an even round of 72 to tie for second. Lim slipped with two bogeys, but she snagged birdies on hole Nos. 5 and 17 to return to par.

A stroke back from Lim is senior captain Emma Jandel who is tied for eighth at 73. Despite four bogeys, the Dayton, Ohio, product notched three birdies throughout the day to break into the top 10.

Tied for 13th with a round of 74 is freshman Rachel Rohanna. After opening with a double-bogey, Rohanna improved after making the turn, carding a birdie and an eagle on the back nine.

Freshmen Susana Benavides and Amy Meier are both tied for 21st after carding 75s. 

Rounding out the Ohio State lineup in the 6-count-4 tournament is sophomore Vicky Villanueva. Despite making par on 14 holes, the Argentinean closed round one with back-to-back bogeys to tie for 26th at 76.

Round two of the Big Ten championships is underway with live scoring available on www.golfstat.com. Stay tuned to OhioStateBuckeyes.com for full coverage of the three-day, 72-hole tournament.