May 6, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio. – The No. 22 Ohio State women’s golf team takes its first step into the NCAA postseason on May 8-10, trekking to Stillwater, Okla., for the NCAA Central Regional. The top-8 teams in the 24-team Regional field will advance to the NCAA Championships (May 20-23).
In addition, the top two individuals not on an advancing team will also qualify for the NCAA Championships in Tulsa, Okla.
It’ll be the 20th consecutive trip to an NCAA Regional under head coach Therese Hession and 21st in 23 years at the helm of the Buckeye Women’s Golf program. Hession’s Buckeyes have moved on to the NCAA Championships 13 times, including a fourth place finish in 2003.
Name: The NCAA Central Regional
When: May 8-10, 2014
Course: Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.
Yardage: 6,200 yards – Par 72
Format: Play 5, count 4 – 54 holes
Field listed by seed (Golfweek/Sagarin rankings):
1. UCLA (2)
2. Arkansas (5)
3. Alabama (11)
4. Arizona (8)
5. LSU (15)
6. Oklahoma State (17)
7. Florida (19)
8. North Carolina (20)
9. Ohio State (22)
10. Miami (Fla.) (34)
11. Mississippi State (28)
12. California (35)
13. Kent State (38)
14. Kansas (40)
15. Texas (42)
16. UNLV (48)
17. Colorado (59)
18. SMU (52)
19. Minnesota (61)
20. Harvard (55)
21. Lamar (94)
22. Wichita State (147)
23. LIU-Brooklyn (179)
24. Siena (202)
1. Aurora Kan, Purdue (64)
2. Sanna Nuutinen, TCU (82)
3. Jenna Hague, Ball State (126)
4. Ember Schuldt, Illinois (140)
5. Kimmy Hill, Texas Tech (136)
6. Stephanie Miller, Illinois (177)
SCHEDULE OF PLAY
Thursday, May 8: 7:30 a.m. CT and Noon CT split tee times off of Hole 1 and Hole 10
Friday, May 9: 7:30 a.m. CT and 11:50 a.m. CT split tee times off of Hole 1 and Hole 10
Sunday, May 10: 7:30 a.m. CT and Noon CT split tee times off of Hole 1 and Hole 10
THE BUCKEYE LINEUP
Jessica Porvasnik (Fr.): 73.21 avg., 33 rounds
Zoe-Beth Brake (Fr.): 74.00 avg., 21 rounds
Katja Pogacar (Fr.): 74.58 avg., 33 rounds
Allison Harper (Sr.): 75.91 avg., 23 rounds
Claudia Lim (Jr.): 76.82 avg., 33 rounds
Thirty-two of the Golfweek/Sagarin Top-100 players are expected to tee it up in the NCAA Central Regional, including Ohio State’s No. 35 Jessica Porvasnik and No. 85 Zoe-Beth Brake. The field contains 10 individuals slotted in the top-30 and a trio of top-10 selections.
Highs in the 80s are expected for all three days of competition, peaking at 88 degrees during Saturday’s final round. The current Weather.com forecast shows a 60% chance of rain for Thursday with clearer skies predicted Friday-Saturday.
BIG TEN CHAMPIONS
Ohio State seized its 15th Big Ten Women’s Golf Championship in school history, sharing the 2014 title with co-champions Michigan State. Ohio State was paced by conference medalist Jessica Porvasnik and runner-up Zoe-Beth Brake, both freshmen.
BIG TEN POSTSEASON AWARDS SWEEP
Ohio State Women’s Golf swept the yearly Big Ten postseason honors as Therese Hession earned her seventh career Big Ten Coach of the Year award and Jessica Porvasnik was named both the Big Ten Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year.
Zoe-Beth Brake joins fellow freshman, Porvasnik, on the All-Big Ten First Team while Katja Pogacar, also a freshman, was voted to the All-Big Ten Second Team. In addition, junior Claudia Lim picked up B1G Sportsmanship Award laurels.
Allison Harper, a senior and Upper Arlington native playing in her final regular season tournament, dropped in an ace on the par-3 13th with a 7-iron from 160 yards out in the Lady Buckeye Invitational. It came on the same day that Frederik Hammer from the Ohio State men’s team connected on a hole-in-one as well, competing in the Boilermaker Invitational.
Freshman Jessica Porvasnik recorded a hole-in-one earlier this season, utilizing an 8-iron to ace a 163-yard par-3 at the Westbrook Spring Invitational.