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Feb. 20, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University women’s golf team is westward bound once again, heading to Arizona for the fifth annual Westbrook Spring Invitational (Feb. 21-22) — an event the Buckeyes won in 2014. Ohio State followed up its 2014 crown with another top-5 finish in last season’s competition.

TOURNAMENT TIDBITS
Name: Westbrook Spring Invitational
Live Scoring: BirdieFire
Course: Westbrook Village Golf Club (Peoria, Ariz.)
Yardage: 6,249 yards — Par 72
Format: Play 5, count 4 — 54 holes
Schedule of Play:
Rounds 1-2 (Feb. 21) | Shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. MT (10:30 a.m. ET)
Final Round (Feb. 22) | Shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. MT (10:30 a.m. ET)
Field (15 teams):
*Golfstat Top-25 national rankings listed
College of Charleston
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas State
Nebraska
No. 21 Notre Dame
Ohio State
Oregon
Oregon State
No. 16 San Diego State
SMU
No. 23 UNLV
Washington State
Wisconsin

BUCKEYE LINEUP
1- Jessica Porvasnik — Jr. (74.47 avg — 15 rounds)
2- Katja Pogacar — Jr. (73.87 avg – 15 rounds)
3- Jaclyn Lee — Fr. (75.42 avg — 12 rounds)
4 – Niki Schroeder — Fr. (75.50 avg — 12 rounds)
5- Rio Watanabe — r-So. (75.33 avg — 15 rounds)
(Individual)- Zoe-Beth Brake — r-Jr. (76.58 avg — 12 rounds)

WEATHER FORECAST
Nearly perfect playing conditions are expected throughout the event with sunny skies and highs in the upper 80s. A zero percent chance of rain is being predicted with winds remaining under 10 miles per hour.

PORVASNIK EARNS BIG TEN GOLFER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Jessica Porvasnik was selected as the Big Ten Golfer of the Week (Feb. 10) thanks to a top-15 showing at the Spring season opening Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. The Buckeye junior bested 28 of Golfstat’s top-100 players and tied for 13th overall after leaping 19 slots on the final day by firing a 68 closing round. She finished as one of just four players to shoot 68 or better throughout the entire event. It marks Porvasnik’s third career B1G Golfer of the Week recognition.

VIDEO: ‘Teeing It Up’ with Jessica Porvasnik … Buckeye junior talks all the latest with Ohio State Golf. https://t.co/KPGlpLtO5c

— Ohio State W Golf (@OhioState_WGOLF) February 20, 2016

ALL-TIME RECORDS SET BY BUCKEYES IN 2014 WESTBROOK SPRING INVITATIONAL
The Buckeyes made quite an impression in their debut at the 2014 Westbrook Spring Invitational, Ohio State’s first time competing in the event. Then-freshman Jessica Porvasnik cleared the field by four strokes to capture medalist honors by carding a tournament record (which still stands today) 13-under 203. She fired an all-time Ohio State-best 65 in the opening round before contributing a second-round 67 as the Buckeyes tied the school record with a 278 team total. For the entire 54 holes, Ohio State sat 26-under (838) — ranked first in both OSU and Westbrook Spring Invitational history.

Ohio State then returned to the desert last season and notched another top-5 finish.

LINEUP PILLARS
Three Buckeyes in this week’s lineup have been staples there for Ohio State this season. Katja Pogacar, Jessica Porvasnik and Rio Watanabe have each members of the lineup for all five tournaments and combined to contribute to the team tally in 40 of a possible 45 rounds.

BUCKEYE ALUM RACHEL ROHANNA EARNS LPGA TOUR CARD FOR 2016
Ten members of the Symetra Tour earned their 2016 LPGA Tour cards in October, by finishing in the top-10 of the Symetra Tour’s Volvik Race for the Card money list. Ohio State alum Rachel Rohanna was able to do so and promptly made the cut in her LPGA Tour debut at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic (Jan. 28-31).

FOUR ALL-BIG TEN PERFORMERS RETURN FOR CONFERENCE TITLE DEFENSE
Ohio State boasts four All-Big Ten performers in its arsenal for the 2016 campaign, including two-time all-conference selections Katja Pogacar and Jessica Porvasnik:
Zoe-Beth Brake — 2014 All-Big Ten First Team
Katja Pogacar — 2015 All-Big Ten First Team; 2014 Second Team
Jessica Porvasnik — 2014 All-Big Ten First Team (Big Ten Player of the Year); 2015 All-Big Ten Second Team
Rio Watanabe — 2015 All-Big Ten Second Team

SCHROEDER LEADS BUCKEYES TO TOP-FIVE FINISH AT MERCEDES-BENZ COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Freshman Niki Schroeder earned a share of 13th place individually at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship (Sept. 21-22). Three additional Buckeyes cracked the top-25 to lift Ohio State into fourth place in the team standings.

HALL OF FAME HESSION
Head coach Therese Hession, entering her 25th season, was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 18 as a Class of 2015 inductee member. The two-time National Coach of the Year has guided Ohio State to nine Big Ten titles and to the NCAA postseason 21 consecutive years since taking the reins in 1991. She steered the Buckeyes to a program-best fourth place finish at the 2003 NCAA Championships.

SCHROEDER COMPETES IN U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN
Freshman Niki Schroeder played in the LPGA’s oldest major championship, the U.S. Women’s Open, before officially arriving on campus for good. The 18-year-old qualified through local qualifying and utilized Buckeye teammate Jessica Porvasnik as her caddie for the event. Porvasnik competed in the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open. Despite missing the cut, Schroeder carded the lowest two-round score of her playing group, which included besting professional player Ayaka Matsumori by nine strokes.

NCAA WOMEN’S GOLF REGIONAL COMING TO COLUMBUS IN 2017
The Ohio State University has been selected as one of four host sties for the 2017 NCAA Women’s Golf Regionals. The three-day event will be played on the OSU Golf Club’s Scarlet Course from May 8-10, 2017 with six of 18 teams advancing to the NCAA Championships (May 19-24) at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.