April 23, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Postseason play has arrived for the No. 25 Ohio State women’s golf team, competing in the 2014 Big Ten Championships this weekend (April 25-27). Twelve conference schools will descend upon The Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Ind., for a 54-hole tournament with one round scheduled for each day of competition.
Name: The 2014 Big Ten Women’s Golf Championships
When: April 25-27, 2014
Course: The Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Ind.
Yardage: 6,017 yard – Par 72
Format: Play 6, count 4
Field (rankings listed are the higher of Golfweek or Golfstat): Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, No. 25 Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, No. 12 Northwestern, No. 25 Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and No. 48 Wisconsin
SCHEDULE OF PLAY
Friday, April 25: 9 a.m. ET – Tee times off of Hole #1 and #10
Saturday, April 26: 9 a.m. ET – Tee times off of Hole #1 and #10
Sunday, April 27: 8 a.m. ET – Tee times off of Hole #1 and #10
THE BUCKEYE LINEUP
Jessica Porvasnik (Fr.): 73.33 avg., 30 rounds
Zoe-Beth Brake (Fr.): 74.17 avg., 18 rounds
Katja Pogacar (Fr.): 74.27 avg., 30 rounds
Allison Harper (Sr.): 75.15 avg., 20 rounds
Claudia Lim (Jr.): 76.60 avg., 30 rounds
Jan Chanpalangsri (Jr.): 76.74 avg., 27 rounds
TOP-100 PLAYERS IN THE FIELD (rankings listed are the higher of Golfweek or Golfstat)
Eight players ranked in the top-100 are expected to be in the field, including a pair of Buckeyes in Jessica Porvasnik (No. 42) and Katja Pogacar (No. 97). The others ranked amongst the nation’s elite include Northwestern’s Kaitlin Park (No. 40), Hana Lee (No. 41) and Kacie Komoto (No. 100); No. 78 Liz Nagel and No. 90 Allyssa Ferrel from Michigan State; and Boilermaker Aurora Kan (No. 44).
MORE ON THE PETE DYE COURSE
World-renowned golf course designer Pete Dye, often called the “Greatest Modern Day Architect,” sketched his early vision for a special sort of golf course in French Lick on a napkin at a local restaurant.
His vision has now been etched into the hilltops near West Baden Springs Hotel, and in June 2009 the 18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick opened as one of the premier championship Indiana golf courses. Having built golf courses all over the world including great coastal sites, this course arguably could be considered Dye’s best inland site offering golfers 40-mile panoramic views of the countryside.
Dye aimed for this to be a “walkable” course, and golfers are sure to feel Dye’s signature sting as they tee off from vista- to-vista on this 18-hole masterpiece. The Pete Dye Golf Course at French Lick will play host to the 2015 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid.
Partly cloudy skies with highs in the upper 70s are expected throughout the weekend in French Lick according to The Weather Channel forecast. Winds ranging from 9-13 mph are also predicted.
LAST TIME ON THE LINKS
Ohio State captured its 15th Lady Buckeye Invitational title on Sunday with a tournament score of 28-over (892), clearing the field by eight strokes. Four Buckeyes placed in the top-10, led by freshmen Jessica Porvasnik and Katja Pogacar tying for third at 4-over 220.
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.