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Oct. 27, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team is set to travel to Wilmington, N.C., when it wraps its fall slate at the Landfall Tradition Oct. 28-30. The three-day, 54-hole tournament will take place on the par 72, 6,208-yard Jack Nicklaus Course at the Country Club of Landfall. 

The competitive tournament, which features six teams in the Top 25 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, will begin each day with an 8:30 a.m. start. The student-athletes will tee off in waves from hole Nos. 1 and 10 on Friday and Saturday, and will take part in a shotgun start Sunday.

TOURNAMENT BASICS
Name:
10th Annual Landfall Tradition
Course: Jack Nicklaus Course (par 72, 6,208 yards)
Field: 18 Teams (Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)
Auburn (3)
Chattanooga
Duke (12)
Florida State (29)
Iowa State (36)
Michigan State (32)
Mississippi (30)
NC State (16)
North Carolina (4)
Northwestern (28)
Notre Dame
Ohio State (25)
Purdue
South Carolina (31)
UNC Wilmington
Tulane (48)
Virginia (23)
Wake Forest (45)

Schedule:
Friday, Oct. 28: 18 holes (8:30 a.m. tee times)
Saturday, Oct. 29: 18 holes (8:30 a.m. tee times)
Sunday, Oct. 30: 18 holes (8:30 a.m. shotgun start)

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

To watch a video about the Landfall Tradition, click here.

THE LINE-UP
Buckeyes traveling to North Carolina include freshman Kendall Prince, juniors Amy Meier, Susana Benavides and Rachel Rohanna and senior Vicky Villanueva. The Landfall Tradition will mark the fourth event of the season for Prince, Benavides, Meier and Villanueva and the third for Rohanna.  

MAKING RANK
In the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings released Oct. 23, Ohio State moved up to the No. 25 slot. Of the 17 other teams competing, Auburn (3), Duke (12), Florida State (29), Iowa State (36), Michigan State (32), Mississippi (30), NC State (16), North Carolina (4), Northwestern (28), Ohio State (25), South Carolina (31), Tulane (48), Virginia (23) and Wake Forest (45) also claimed a spot in the Top 50.

The tournament will also feature some of the country’s best individual competitors in Duke’s Lindy Duncan (No. 2) and Auburn’s Marta Sanz (No. 5) and Carlie Yadloczky (No. 7).

THE FIELD
Of the 18 teams competing, 14 are in the Top 50 of the rankings. So far this season, Ohio State has already faced and placed-higher than Purdue, Iowa State, Wake Forest, Michigan State and Northwestern at least once during the fall slate.  

LAST TIME OUT
Surveying their Big Ten course and competition on the par 71, 6,037-yard Donald Ross Golf Course in French Lick, Ind., the Buckeyes concluded the Lady Northern Invitational in second with a 54-hole score of 892.

Moving up to take first was UCF who carded a team score of 887. On the individual leaderboard, Michigan’s Meagan Bauer took medalist honors with an even 54-hole score of 213 to secure first place by a 4-stroke margin.

Leading Ohio State was freshman Kendall Prince who concluded the two-day event in fifth at 221. After day one marks of 73-67, Prince struggled in day two with an 81, but was able to hold on and remain in the Top 5.

LANDFALL TRADITION REWIND
Competing in the last tournament of its 2010 fall schedule, the Ohio State women’s golf team concluded the Landfall Tradition in ninth place. The Buckeyes ended on a high note by carding their lowest round of the tournament with a 10-over 298 to finish with a team score of 908 on the par 72, 6,242-yard Pete Dye Course at the Country Club of Landfall.

After finishing runner-up at the 2009 Landfall Tradition, UCLA was able clinch the tournament title by five strokes with a team score of 880. The Bruins were led by Tiffany Lua who shared medalist honors with Virginia’s Brittany Altomare at 2-under 214.

Leading Ohio State was junior Rachel Rohanna. Firing a final round of 1-under 71, the Waynesburg, Pa., native broke into the top 10 and concluded the tournament in a tie for ninth at 221 (+5).

AYE, AYE CAPTAIN
Ohio State has elected junior Amy Meier as its captain for the 2011-12 season. Meier, from Rochester Hills, Mich., currently posts a 75.22 stroke average after nine rounds of play. Her best finish this season came at the Lady Northern Invitational where she tied for eighth. 

NEW BUCKEYES
The Ohio State women’s golf team is pleased to welcome Kendall Prince, Jan Chanpalangsri and Sheridan Balyeat to its roster for the 2011-12 season.

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. 

STELLAR SUMMER
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.

COACHES CORNER
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. 

UP NEXT
The Landfall Tradition will mark the end of the Buckeyes’ fall slate. The squad will return to action Feb. 5 to dust off the cobwebs with an alumni match-up in West Palm Beach, Fla.