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Oct. 4, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team begins next week by competing in the Windy City Collegiate, playing 36 holes on Monday (Oct. 6) and the final round Tuesday (Oct. 7). Ohio State, along with 14 other schools, will take to the Westmoreland Country Club at 8:30 a.m. ET/7:30 a.m. CT both days.

TOURNAMENT BASICS
Name: Windy City Collegiate
Course: Westmoreland Country Club
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,291
Format: Play 5, count 4
Field (15 teams):
*Golfweek rankings
#3 Arizona
Georgia
Iowa State
Kentucky
#45 Miami
#50 Minnesota
New Mexico
#5 Northwestern
#30 Ohio State
#10 Oklahoma State
Oregon
Purdue
Tulane
#7 USC
#42 Wisconsin

CLOSER LOOK AT THE FIELD
Over half (8) of the field is ranked inside the Golfweek Top-50, including three squads cracking the top-10. Nearly a quarter (24) of the top-100 players are also expected to hit the links: No. 8 Manon Gidali, No. 32 Lindsey Weaver, No. 53 Kendall Prince (Arizona), No. 88 Chonlada Chayanun, No. 89 Celia Barquin (Iowa State), No. 77 Hayley Mills (Kentucky), No. 99 Delfina Acosta (Miami), No. 10 Anna Laorr, No. 47 Sabrine Garrison, No. 56 Celia Kuenster (Minnesota), No. 25 Suc Tangkamolprasert, No. 38 Hannah Kim, No. 50 Kaitlin Park (Northwestern), No. 78 Jan Chanpalangsri (Ohio State), No. 11 Julie Yang, No. 37 Maddie McCrary, No. 54 Isabella Deilert, No. 87 Linnea Johansson, No. 98 Kenzie Neisen (Oklahoma State), No. 76 Gemma Dryburgh (Tulane), No. 23 Karen Chung, No. 24 Doris Chen, No. 55 Elizabeth Doty (USC) and No. 79 Brooke Ferrell (Wisconsin).

BUCKEYE LINEUP
Ohio State’s lineup consists of seniors Jan Chanpalangsri and Claudia Lim alongside sophomores Jessica Porvasnik, Katja Pogacar and Zoe-Beth Brake. Additionally, Lina Aguillon is making the trip and will compete as an individual.

THE WEATHER FORECAST
According to Weather Channel, the teams can expect temperature highs in the lower 60s with partly cloudy skies and winds in the 15 mph range.

PLAYING IN HONOR OF MAJOR RAY MENDOZA
The 2014-15 season is dedicated to former Buckeye student-athlete Ray Mendoza, a United State Marines Major killed during Operation 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.

BIG TEN GOLFER OF THE WEEK
Jessica Porvasnik earned her second career Big Ten Golfer of the Week accolade on Thursday (Sept. 25) after her runner-up performance during the stroke play portion of the East & West Match Play Challenge. Porvasnik carded rounds of 72-71 to place second and lift Ohio State to the No. 1 seed in the match play bracket. She then tallied a 3 & 2 match victory over Wisconsin’s Brooke Ferrell in the third-place bout as Ohio State defeated the Badgers, 3-2.

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.

2014 NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
Golfweek tabbed Therese Hession as the 2014 National Coach of the Year. It marks the second national award of Hession’s career, earning the same recognition from the National Golf Coaches Association in 1997.

BUCKEYES SWEEP BIG TEN POSTSEASON HONORS
After sharing the 2014 Big Ten Championship with Michigan State, the Buckeyes got selfish with the postseason awards. The conference’s Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and Freshman of the Year all went to Ohio State. In addition, a pair of Buckeyes, Jessica Porvasnik and Zoe-Beth Brake, earned All-Big Ten First Team honors while Katja Pogacar seized Second Team accolades.