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Sophomore Amy Meier leads Ohio State for third-consecutive round

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Firing a final round of 315, the Ohio State women’s golf team concluded the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in ninth place. In the first outing of their spring slate, the Buckeyes totaled 929 after 54 holes at the par 71, 5,912-yard Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes, Calif.

The race for first was a close one, but defending champions Southern California pulled away in the final holes to sit atop the leaderboard at 884.  Missing first by two strokes, second place Arizona State posted a medalist in Carlota Ciganda who tallied a three-day total of 2-over 215.

Leading the Buckeyes for the third-consecutive day was sophomore Amy Meier. Firing her second round of 77, the Rochester Hills, Mich., native finished the tournament tied for 16th at 224. Adding four birdies to her total of 13, Meier carded the most birdies of all tournament participants.

Notching a final round of 79, junior Vicky Villanueva finished in a tie for 39th at 233. The Chacabuco, Argentina, product tallied birdies on hole Nos. 11 and 18.

Waynesburg, Pa., native sophomore Rachel Rohanna carded a third round score of 80 to finish tied for 48th at 237.

One stroke back from Rohanna at 238 was fellow sophomore Susana Benavides who shot a final round of 79 to sit in a tie for 50th.

Rounding out the Buckeye lineup was senior co-captain In Hong Lim. Lim, from Melbourne, Australia, posted a third round score of 81, but did not place due to a scoring error in the second round.

Competing as an individual, junior Nara Shin finished with a sum of 244 to tie for 59th after a final round of 85.

The Buckeyes will face a quick turnaround when they travel to Parrish, Fla., for the Central District Invitational Feb. 21-22.

Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge – Day 3
Palos Verdes Golf Club, Palos Verdes, Calif.
Par 71, 5,912 yards

Team Standings
1. Southern California  290-295-299-884 (+32) 
2. Arizona State   298-294-294-886 (+34) 
3. UCLA    296-287-304-887 (+35) 
T-4. Pepperdine   295-291-309-895 (+43) 
T-4. Wake Forest   312-287-296-895 (+43) 
6. Michigan State   309-299-298-906 (+54) 
7. Furman University  311-302-308-921 (+69) 
8. Florida  305-304-317-926 (+74) 
9. Ohio State    309-305-315-929 (+77)
10. Denver  313-321-304-938 (+86) 
11. East Tennessee St. 327-307-308-942 (+90) 
12. Louisville   322-309-313-944 (+92) 
13. UC Irvine    322-314-326-962 (+110)    

Ohio State Results
T-16. Amy Meier  70-77-77-224 (+11)
T-39. Vicky Villanueva  80-74-79-233 (+20)
T-48. Rachel Rohanna   83-74-80-237 (+24)
T-50. Susana Benavides  79-80-79-238  (+25)
T-59. Nara Shin (Ind.) 79-80-85-244 (+31)
—.  In Hong Lim 80-D-81-161  (+19)

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