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Oct. 22, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2014 Fall season comes to its conclusion this weekend when Ohio State Women’s Golf goes south to compete in the 13th Annual Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, N.C. A large field of 18 teams will take the course at the Country Club of Landfall from Friday-Sunday (Oct. 24-26). Tee times begin at 8:30 a.m. ET on Friday.

TOURNAMENT BASICS
Name: The Landfall Tradition
Course: Country Club of Landfall
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,159
Format: Play 5, count 4
Field (18 teams):
*Top-30 Golfweek rankings included
#29 Alabama
#11 Arizona
#3 Duke
Florida
Michigan State
North Carolina
#14 North Carolina State
#30 Notre Dame
#26 Ohio State
#16 Oklahoma State
Penn State
Purdue
#2 South Carolina
#9 Tennessee
#24 UCF
UNCW
#18 Virginia
#15 Wake Forest

CLOSER LOOK AT THE FIELD
Two-thirds of the field consists of teams ranking inside the Golfweek Top-30, including No. 26 Ohio State. No. 2 South Carolina, No. 3 Duke and No. 9 Tennessee highlight the group as top-10 squads. Individually, 27 of the country’s top-100 players according to Golfweek are expected to battle it out for medalist honors. Jan Chanpalangsri is the highest slotted Buckeye entering the weekend, coming in at No. 63.

BUCKEYE LINEUP
Jan Chanpalangsri, Claudia Lim and Jessica Porvasnik are all in the lineup for the fourth time in as many tournaments this season. Lina Aguillon has played in every round as well and has been inserted into the lineup for The Landfall Tradition after two events playing as an individual. Katja Pogacar is the other member of the lineup while Zoe-Beth Brake will compete individually.

WEATHER FORECAST
Weather Channel is predicting sunny skies and dry conditions throughout the tournament with temperature highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Expected wind range between 7-11 mph.

BUCKEYES DOMINATING WEEKLY CONFERENCE AWARDS
Each of Ohio State’s three tournaments this season have been followed with a Big Ten Golfer of the Week recognition. Lina Aguillon is the most recent recipient after besting 80 competitors to place second at the Windy City Collegiate. Jessica Porvasnik picked up her second career B1G weekly honor on Sept. 25 after a runner-up finish of her own during the stroke play portion of the East & West Match Play Challenge. Rio Watanabe wasted little time getting the Big Ten office’s attention, winning the Chip-N Club Invitational and conference laurel in her first collegiate tournament.

PLAYING IN HONOR OF MAJOR RAY MENDOZA
The 2014-15 season is dedicated to former Buckeye student-athlete Ray Mendoza, a United States Marines Major killed during Operations Steel Curtain on Nov. 14, 2005 in New Ubaydi, Iraq. Ohio State is teaming up with Folds of Honor to recognize the fallen Buckeye wrestler.

WHAT A WAY TO START
Ohio State burst out of the gates into the 2014-15 campaign, clearing the field by a dozen strokes to win its season opener, the Chip-N Club Invitational. Redshirt freshman Rio Watanabe made a splash in her first career collegiate tournament, topping Buckeye teammate Jan Chanpalangsri by a lone stroke to sit atop the individual leaderboard. Watanabe’s medalist efforts earned her Big Ten Golfer of the Week accolades. The team victory marked the 98th in school history and 43rd under the direction of head coach Therese Hession.