November 6, 2016

Final Fall Competition Sends Buckeyes to the Lone Star State

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Nov. 6, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Head coach Therese Hession returns to her old stomping grounds to start off the week while also wrapping up the Fall season slate at the Trinity Forest Invitational hosted by Southern Methodist University. Hession led the SMU Mustangs to a national championship in 1979 as a student-athlete while earning All-American laurels. The 54-hole event spans two days (Nov. 7-8) in Dallas, Texas.

TOURNAMENT TIDBITS
Name: Trinity Forest Invitational
Live Scoring: Golfstat (final round only)
Course: Trinity Forest Golf Club (Dallas, Texas)
Yardage: 6,236 yards| Par 72
Format: Play 5, count 4 | 54 holes
Schedule of Play:
Rounds 1-2 (Monday, Nov. 7) | Shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. CT/9:30 a.m. ET
Final Round (Tuesday, Nov. 8)
Field (14 teams):
*Golfweek Top-50 rankings listed
No. 21 Baylor
Houston
Kansas
No. 45 Kansas State
Memphis
No. 46 Michigan
Mississippi State
No. 25 Ohio State
No. 32 SMU
No. 22 Texas A&M
No. 30 Texas Tech
Tulsa
UNLV
UTSA

BUCKEYE LINEUP
1 – Jessica Porvasnik | Sr. | 71.25 avg. (8 rounds)
2 – Niki Schroeder | So. | 73.63 avg. (8 rounds)
3 – Katja Pogacar | Sr. | 73.17 avg. (6 rounds)
4 – Jaclyn Lee | So. | 72.88 avg. (8 rounds)
5 – Zoe-Beth Brake | r-sr. | 79.50 avg. (2 rounds)
IND – Alex Wright | Fr. | 77.50 avg. (8 rounds)

WEATHER FORECAST
Inclement weather is threatening a smooth running of the competition with expected precipitation throughout Monday’s 36 continuous holes of play. Sunshine will be at a premium.

GOLFSTAT NATIONAL RANKINGS
Ohio State comes in at No. 25 in this week’s Golfstat national rankings. Four Buckeye individuals can be found in the Top-250, including Jessica Porvasnik slotted No. 28 in the entire country. Jaclyn Lee (No. 112), Katja Pogacar (No. 122) and Niki Schroeder (No. 171) are also nationally ranked.

THREE BUCKEYES REGISTER TOP-25 SHOWINGS IN TAR HEEL INVITATIONAL
Jessica Porvasnik paced the squad and recorded her third Top-25 in as many tournaments played this season by earning a share of 13th place at the Tar Heel Invitational. She was joined near the top of the 96-player field by Niki Schroeder (T-17th) and Katja Pogacar (T-22nd) as the Buckeyes finished seventh out of 17 teams in the elite field.

WINDY CITY WRAP — PORVASNIK PACES AGAIN; POGACAR RETURNS
Jessica Porvasnik led the Buckeye charge in Chicago, earning a share of 12th place at the Windy City Collegiate (Oct. 3-4). Senior classmate Katja Pogacar joined her in the Top-25, making her 2016-17 debut after returning from competing for Team Slovenia in the World Amateur Team Championship.

PORVASNIK — GOLFER OF THE WEEK IN THE BIG TEN
The Big Ten Conference announced Jessica Porvasnik as the Big Ten Women’s Golfer of the Week on Sept. 21. Porvasnik seized medalist honors during stroke play at the East & West Match Play Challenge before going 2-0 in her individual matches. She posted back-to-back rounds of 69 to seize individual medalist honors during the 36-hole qualifying stroke play.

Porvasnik has now earned Big Ten Golfer of the Week accolades in each of her four collegiate seasons. This also marks her second B1G weekly award following the East & West Match Play Challenge, receiving the recognition in 2014 as well after finishing as the stroke play runner-up and winning both individual matches.

THIRD-PLACE EFFORT IN ANN ARBOR TO OPEN THE SEASON
Ohio State took No. 1 seed honors at the East & West Match Play Challenge (Sept. 18-20) after Jessica Porvasnik and Jaclyn finished `1-2′ in 36 holes of qualifying stroke play. The Buckeyes then went 1-1 in match play to leave `that state up north’ with a third-place showing.

WE’RE GETTING THE BAND BACK TOGETHER
Over 99 percent of Ohio State’s `counted’ rounds from last season return for the 2016-17 campaign as just one round counting towards the team tally a season ago was recorded by a since-graduated player. All six Buckeyes representing Ohio State in the 2016 postseason are back, including three-time All-Big Ten performers Katja Pogacar and Jessica Porvasnik, and the 16th-place finisher in last year’s NCAA Championships, Rio Watanabe.

In addition, 2014 First Team All-Big Ten selection, Zoe-Beth Brake, returns for her redshirt senior campaign alongside the sophomore duo of Jaclyn Lee and Niki Schroeder — responsible for a combined 48 `counted’ rounds as freshmen.

B1G TITLE DEFENSE
Ohio State enters 2016-17 as the three-time defending Big Ten champions. A run of three straight B1G titles has only occurred four times in conference history, three of which were accomplished by the Buckeyes (1983-85, 2002-05, 2014-16) and the other by Purdue (2008-10). Therese Hession’s 10 Big Ten crowns overall are the most all-time, followed by Sam Carmichael’s seven championships (Indiana; 1982-2004).

SNIDER RETURNS TO THE BIG TEN, JOINS BUCKEYE COACHING STAFF
Stacy Snider brings four years of Division-I head coaching experience to Columbus as the newest member of the Buckeye coaching staff. Snider, a two-time All-Big Ten selection at Michigan State (2001, 2002) and former professional golfer, joined the Ohio State women’s golf program as the assistant coach in August 2016.

COLUMBUS HOSTING 2017 NCAA REGIONAL
The Ohio State University is one of four host sites 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 team advancing to the NCAA Championships (May 19-24) at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.