Ohio State continues its challenging schedule facing another field of nationally-ranked teams
COLUMBUS, Ohio -The Ohio State women’s golf team faces a quick turnaround and another field of tough competition this weekend at the Bryan National Collegiate, April 2-4 in Greensboro, N.C. The Buckeyes will tee off against eight teams in the top 25 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings on the par 72, 6,323-yard Players Course at the Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center.
The three-day, 54-hole tournament will begin Friday and Saturday with 8:20 a.m. tee times each morning. The tournament concludes Sunday with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.
Name: Bryan National Collegiate
Course: Players Course, Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center (par 72, 6,323 yards)
Field: 18 teams (Golfweek rankings)
College of Charleston (68)
Florida State (25)
North Carolina (29)
N.C. State (55)
UNC Greensboro (73)
UNC Wilmington (79)
Ohio State (21)
South Carolina (26)
Wake Forest (15)
Friday, April 2: 18 holes (8:20 a.m. tee times)
Saturday, April 3: 18 holes (8:20 a.m. tee times)
Sunday, April 4: 18 holes (8:30 a.m. shotgun start)
KEEPING AN EYE ON THINGS
Live scoring for the Bryan National Collegiate will be available at www.golfstat.com. Links to the tournament also will be on the women’s golf schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
THE OHIO STATE LINEUP
Buckeyes traveling to North Carolina include freshmen Amy Meier and Rachel Rohanna, sophomore Vicky Villanueva, junior In Hong Lim and senior captain Emma Jandel. Sophomore Nara Shin will also compete as an individual. The tournament will mark the eighth event for Rohanna and Lim, the seventh for Villanueva, Jandel and Meier and the fourth for Shin.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
Well into their spring slate, the Buckeyes have already faced 15 of the 18 teams competing at the Bryan National Collegiate. Of those teams, Ohio State has already bested Arkansas, College of Charleston, Duke, Florida State, LSU, Louisville, Northwestern, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wake Forest at some point in the season.
The only teams the Buckeyes have not seen action against are the squads from UNC Greensboro and UNC Wilmington.
In the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings released March 28, Ohio State is the 21st rated team in the country. Posting an overall record of 77-32-3, the Buckeyes are third in the Big Ten behind No. 9 Purdue and No. 14 Michigan State.
In addition to OSU, Auburn (3), Duke (4), Florida State (25), LSU (20), Tennessee (13), Vanderbilt (22), Virginia (17) and Wake Forest (15) will also represent the top 25 of the rankings at this weekend’s tournament.
The Buckeyes are led by freshman Rachel Rohanna who is the 85th individual according to the ratings. Also in the Top 100 is junior In Hong Lim who sits in the 93rd position.
The ratings are a mathematical system which uses factors such as schedule strength, records, number of events played, power rating and schedule ranking to determine the position of each team.
Ohio State also received recognition from www.golfstat.com with the 21st slot in NCAA Head-to-Head standings. The Buckeyes are also in the Top 25 of the Freshman Class Impact Rankings.
There will be no April showers this weekend as the forecast for Greensboro, N.C., is expected to be sunny to only partly cloudy. With highs in the high 70s and low 80s, the weather.com golf index is “very good” for Friday and Saturday and “excellent” for Sunday.
A LOOK AT THE LINKS
Opened in 1974, the par 72, 6,323-yard Players Course at the Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center was designed by architect George Cobb. The course, which boasts a rating of 73.7 and a slope of 131, was later modified by Rees Jones.
Composed of bentgrass greens and Bermuda fairways, the course features 79 bunkers and eight ponds. In 2000, the course was listed as a Top 100 course for women by Golf For Women magazine.
In July, Bryan Park will also host the 2010 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
Hosted by Wake Forest and UNC Greensboro, the Bryan National Collegiate began in 1998 and has since evolved into a showcase for some of the best collegiate golf talent in the country. In the tournament’s 12 year tenure, Duke has clenched six victories and produced four medalists, the most of any school.
Last year, LSU notched its first win at the tournament with a team score of 887. The Tigers were led by Megan McChrystal who took medalist honors.
The Buckeyes were also a part of the Bryan National Collegiate’s debut in 1998, when they tied for seventh in the 15 team field. Since the tournament’s beginning, Ohio State has made the trip to North Carolina for the event a total of seven times. The team’s best finish came in 2002 when the team placed third.
Although the Buckeyes have never won the event, Ohio State has still left its mark on the tournament. In 2002, former Buckeye Ashley Lowery captured the seventh-lowest individual score in tournament history at 215, as well as the fifth-lowest first round score at 68.
LAST TIME WE WERE HERE
At the 2009 installment of the Bryan National Collegiate, things didn’t quite go as planned for the Buckeyes who placed 17th. After struggling out of the gate with a round of 320, the Buckeyes continued to improve each day, adding rounds of 316 and 301 for their 937 total.
Competing on the par 72, 6,386-yard Bryan Park Champions Course, the Buckeye were led by sophomore Vicky Villanueva who tied for 48th with a score of 232.
LSU led the 18-team field throughout the event, sealing the win by four strokes with a total of 887 (+23). Megan McChrystal of the Tigers closed with a 69 to claim medalist honors with a score of 215 (-1).
LIZ MURPHEY WRAP-UP
In a tournament which featured 19 teams in the top 50 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, the Buckeyes concluded the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in 10th. Competing on the par 72, 6,335-yard University of Georgia Golf Course, the Buckeyes fired a 54-hole team score of 931 (+67).
Leading Ohio State was junior In Hong Lim who tied for 26th with a score of 230. A few strokes back from Lim at 234 was freshman Amy Meier who fired a hole-in-one en route to her tie for 37th.
A competitive field, Duke ran away with the tournament with a team score of 889. Winning by a 21-stroke margin, the Blue Devils were led by Lindy Duncan who took medalist honors.
ACE IN THE HOLE
In her just her rookie season, freshman Amy Meier has already fired one of the rarest shots in golf – the hole-in-one. Her first career ace came on the 150-yard, No. 16 hole on the University of Georgia Golf Course during the second round of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic.
A key factor to the Buckeyes’ success this season has been the edition of freshmen Amy Meier, Susana Benavides and Rachel Rohanna. In their rookie seasons, the trio have each notched a Top 10 finish.
Rohanna, a native of Waynesburg, Pa., currently leads the Buckeyes in stroke average with a 75.38. In just her second collegiate event, Rohanna concluded the Lady Northern Invitational in fourth. In a tournament which previewed the Big Ten course and field, Rohanna fired a 54-hole total of 218 (+2) after opening with a 2-under round of 70.
Recently named Big Ten Golfer of the Week, Meier has led the Buckeyes at two of their last three outings. Notching a 54-hole total of 222 (+6) at both events, Meier tied for 14th at the Central District Invitational (Feb. 22-23) and broke into the Top 10 with a tie for seventh at the Kinderlou Forest Challenge (March 1-2).
Competing as an individual at the Mercedes-Benz Championship (Oct. 16-18), Benavides, a native of Cochabamba, Bolivia, tied for sixth at 218 (+2). She also concluded the All-Ohio Invitational (Oct. 25-26) in third.
BIG TEN GOLFER OF THE WEEK
For her recent performance at the Kinderlou Forest Challenge (March 1-2), freshman Amy Meier was named Big Ten Golfer of the Week, the conference announced March 3. It was the first weekly honor for a Buckeye this season.
For the second-consecutive tournament, Meier was the top finisher for the Buckeyes in a tie for seventh at 3-over 222. Her finish helped Ohio State place runner-up in an 18-team field that featured 11 teams ranked in the top 30 of the Golfweek/Sagarin ratings. The two-day, 54-hole event was held on the par 73, 6,265-yard Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta, Ga.
After opening with a 79, the Rochester Hills, Mich., native fired a 70 in her second round to tie for the low round of the tournament. She had a span during round two where she birdied five of six holes. Meier secured her first career top 10 finish with a solid final round of even-par 73 that included four birdies to offset four bogies.
AYE, AYE CAPTAIN
At the conclusion of fall play, Ohio State elected senior Emma Jandel as its captain. The Dayton, Ohio, native served as a Buckeye co-captain for the previous two seasons. She has competed in 119 rounds during her Buckeye career and is the lone senior on the squad this season. At the Northrop Grumman, Jandel was the top finisher among the Buckeyes, tying for 12th in the competitive field.
After 18 rounds, Jandel currently posts the third-lowest stroke average on the team with a 75.89.
BUCKEYES PAST AND PRESENT
After a three-month break from competition, Ohio State had the opportunity to dust off some of the cobwebs with an alumni match held Jan. 31. Competing for bragging rights in West Palm Beach, Fla., the team teed off against six LPGA Tour players, including talented alumni Allison Hanna, Meg Mallon and Lisa Strom from Ohio State.
The tournament, which consisted of six holes of best ball, alternative shot and regular play, went to the alumni, who bested the Buckeyes with a score of 8-4.
In addition to leading the Buckeyes to 15-consecutive regional appearances and 11 trips to the national championship, head coach Therese Hession was also honored as the recipient of the 2010 Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award in December. The most prestigious award given by the National Golf Coaches Association, she received the award for her outstanding service and commitment to collegiate golf.
Ohio State opened its fall schedule Sept. 13-15 at the Golfweek Conference Challenge in Las Vegas, Nev. There, the Buckeyes carded a team score of 884, just three strokes back from tournament winner Pepperdine. Leading the team was junior In Hong Lim who carded a three-day total of 219 to tie for sixth. Tying for 11th, freshman Rachel Rohanna finished her first collegiate tournament with a score of 221.
After competing in Sin City, the Buckeyes previewed their Big Ten Course and field at the Lady Northern Invitational in Madison, Wis. The site of the 2010 Big Ten tournament, the Buckeyes fired a team score of 878 on the par 72, 6,246 University Ridge Golf Course to tie for second with Michigan State. Rohanna, senior Emma Jandel and sophomore Vicky Villanueva concluded the tournament in the Top 20. Rohanna led the Buckeyes with a fourth place finish at 218 (+2).
Next up, Ohio State fired a team score of 921 at the Mercedes-Benz Championship Oct. 16-18. Finishing in 15th, Ohio State was again led by Rohanna who placed 28th at 226. Competing as an individual, freshman Susana Benavides tied for sixth. Shooting a 218, her total included a round of 1-under 71 on the par 72, 6,317 Fox Den course in Knoxville, Tenn.
The Buckeyes wrapped their fall slate on their own Scarlet Course when they hosted the All-Ohio Invitational Oct. 25-26. Contending against in-state competition from Bowling Green, Dayton and Ohio University, Ohio State posted four finishers in the Top 5 of the field. Leading the field by eight strokes was Villanueva who took medalist honors with a 36-hole total of 143 (+1). Also in the Top 5 were sophomore Nara Shin and freshmen Susana Benavides and Amy Meier.
The 2009-10 season marks the 19th year the Buckeyes are led by head coach Therese Hession. A former LPGA professional, Hession has molded the Ohio State golf program into one with a strong tradition of excellence. In her time at Ohio State, she has led the Buckeyes to seven Big Ten championships, 11 NCAA championship appearances and 15-consecutive NCAA regional appearances. Hession is an NGCA Hall of Famer and six-time Big Ten Coach of the Year awardwinner.
Assisting Hession is former Buckeye Amy (Langhals) Miller. Now in her fifth year at the assistant coach position, Miller was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame last September. While at Ohio State, Miller was a three-time All-Big Ten selection as well as the 1997 Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year. She married Greg Miller, associate head coach of the Buckeye women’s soccer team, over the summer.
JONES NAMED 2011 U.S. SOLHEIM CUP TEAM CAPTAIN
Rosie Jones, a former Buckeye and 13-time winner on the LPGA Tour, was selected as captain of the 2011 Solheim Cup Team. Held at Killeen Castle in County Meath, Ireland, the 2011 Solheim Cup will run from Sept. 23-25. Jones, who was a part of the first U.S. Solheim Cup team in 1990, has won more than $8 million in her tenure with the tour. In her career, which spans over three decades, Jones notched 187 Top 10 finishes, five holes-in-one and a 5-4 playoff record.
Along with the opportunity to play on the renowned Scarlet Course, the Buckeyes will soon have access to the largest indoor collegiate golf facility in the country. Approved by the Ohio State Board of Trustees September 2008, the 26,000-square foot facility should break ground during the 2010-11 season.
The Buckeyes will wrap up their spring schedule on their own Scarlet Course when they host the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational, April 17-18.