COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team will wrap regular season play at its own Lady Buckeye Invitational April 16-17 in Columbus. In the hunt for their third-consecutive title and first win of the season, the Buckeyes will tee off on the par 72, 6,228 Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club.
The two-day, 54-hole event will commence with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start Saturday. The third and final round will take place Sunday also with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.
Name: Lady Buckeye Invitational
Course: Scarlet Course, The Ohio State University Golf Club (par 72, 6,228 yards)
Field: 12 Teams (Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)
Iowa State (16)
Kent State (34)
Michigan State (22)
Ohio State (31)
Saturday, April 16: 36 holes (8:30 a.m. shotgun start)
Sunday, April 17: 18 holes (8:30 a.m. shotgun start)
KEEPING AN EYE ON THINGS
Live scoring for the tournament will be available at www.golfstat.com. A link to the tournament will also be available at the women’s golf schedule page on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The Buckeyes are also on Twitter at twitter.com/OhioState_WGolf.
HOW IT WORKS
The two-day Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational will feature a format of 36 holes on Saturday and 18 holes on Sunday. Each day will begin with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start, with scoring for each round taken from each team’s low four scores out of six competitors.
Ohio State will again play 36 holes in a day at the four-round Big Ten Championship, April 22-24.
This weekend, all members of the Ohio State squad will have the opportunity to showcase their talents at home. Sophomores Amy Meier, Susana Benavides and Rachel Rohanna, juniors Vicky Villanueva and Nara Shin and senior In Hong Lim will be the six Buckeyes competing, while freshman Alex Brown will play as an individual.
The 31st edition of the tournament will mark the 10th event of the season for Lim, Rohanna and Meier, the ninth for Villanueva, the eighth for Benavides, the fifth for Shin and the third for Brown.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
Of the 12 teams competing, the Buckeyes have already faced and placed better than Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Kent State, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State and Wisconsin at least once during the season.
In addition to the Buckeyes, Michigan State, Northwestern, Kent State, Iowa State, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Penn State were present at least year’s event and will be back for a rematch in 2011.
The tournament will also serve as excellent prep for the upcoming postseason as, in addition to the Buckeyes, eight schools hail from the Big Ten conference.
The Buckeyes will have less than a week off before they begin their postseason slate at the Big Ten Championships in Chicago, Ill., April 22-24.
STROM JOINS BUCKEYES
Lisa Strom has been named assistant coach of the Ohio State women’s golf team, Therese Hession, Ohio State head coach, announced last week. Strom brings 10 years of professional golf experience to the squad as well as four years as a collegiate golfer for the Buckeyes.
Strom turned pro in August of 2000 and has competed in more than 50 LPGA sponsored events as a member of the LPGA Tour (2003, 2007-2010). She earned her best career finish in 2007 when she finished tied for 13th at the Navistar LPGA Classic. Strom carded a career-low 67 on two occasions in 2009 with the first coming in the second round of the LPGA State Farm Classic and the next in the opening round of the Navistar LPGA Classic.
Aside from joining the Tour, Strom also competed on the Futures Tour for seven years. Her best finish came at the 2002 El Paso FUTURES Golf Classic where she finished second. Also, Strom is a three-time winner of the Ohio Women’s Open (2007, 2009, 2010) and two-time winner of the Michigan Women’s Open (2007, 2010).
After attending Lansdale Catholic High School, in Lansdale, Pa., Strom was a five-year member of the Ohio State women’s golf team and graduated with a degree in exercise science in 2000. She was a two-time All-Big Ten and four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection as a Buckeye. Highlighting her career was a first-place finish at the 2000 NCAA East Regional Championship and being a member of the 1999 Big Ten Championship team.
In the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings released April 10, Ohio State was tabbed as the No. 31 team in the country. In addition to the Buckeyes, Iowa State (16), Kent State (34), Michigan State (22), Minnesota (38) and Northwestern (39) all hail from the Top 50 of the rankings.
The 2011 edition of the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational will mark the 31st year that Ohio State has hosted the tournament. Since its beginning in 1975, the Buckeyes have won the tournament 13 times and produced 11 medalists, the most of any school. Ohio State’s first tournament win came in 1980.
Behind Ohio State, league foe Michigan State has won the event three times, while Georgia, Indiana, Kent State and Kentucky have each secured two wins, respectively. In 2006, Auburn fired the lowest team score with a total of 849 while Maria Martinez was the low individual at 207. Auburn and Martinez fired their scores at the Golf Club of Dublin as Scarlet was closed for restoration.
The inaugural Lady Buckeye tournament was won by a Kentucky who also had the medalist in Myra Van Hoose.
A LOOK AT THE LINKS
In addition to being rated one of the best collegiate golf facilities in the country by Golf Digest, The Ohio State University Golf Course also boasts an extremely rich history. The vision of former Ohio State Athletic Director L. W. St. John, plans for the university club began in the early 1930’s. Designed by renowned course architect Dr. Alister MacKenzie, the courses were built during the Great Depression with labor provided by the government subsidized Works Progress Administration. One of the first collegiate golf courses in the Midwest, the 295 acre Scarlet Course was completed in 1938 with the Gray Course close to follow in 1940.
The Scarlet Course made history in 1941 when it played host to the first-ever Women’s National Golf Championship. Competing schools could be represented by a maximum of four players with entry fees costing five dollars per team. Fifty years later, the NCAA women’s championship played tribute to its roots when it returned to the Scarlet Course in 1991. The Scarlet Course has hosted a record 14 woman’s national championships along with several U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur qualifiers.
From 2005-06, Buckeye alumnus and golf legend Jack Nicklaus gave the Scarlet Course a facelift, redesigning the bunkers and lengthening the course. The current driving range was also enlarged and a short-game practice area was designed for the varsity teams. The redesigned course was re-opened just in time to host the 2006 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships.
Composed of bent grass greens and fairways, the par 72, 6,275-yard Scarlet Course boasts a slope of 132 and a course rating of 73.9.
BIG TEN GOLFER OF THE WEEK
JuniorVicky Villanueva was named Big Ten Golfer of the Week, the conference announced March 9. It was the first weekly honor of her career and the first for a Buckeye this season.
Villanueva was the top finisher for the Buckeyes in second place at 2-over 212 at the SunTrust Gator Women’s Golf Invitational (March 4-5). Her finish lifted Ohio State to third in the 17-team field that competed in the two-day, 54-hole event held on the par 70, 6,002-yard Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida.
The Chacabuco, Argentina, native carded a round-one score of 2-over 72 that included back-to-back birdies on hole Nos. 6 and 7. She followed with a career-low round of 3-under 67 in the second round to conclude the first day at 1-under 139 after 36 holes. She notched a final round of 73 to finish with a career-low 54-hole score of 212.
In addition to the competitive field, student-athletes could find an added obstacle in Mother Nature Saturday. With highs in the mid 50s and lows dipping to the 30s, the www.weather.com golf index is “poor” for Saturday. Showers and thunderstorms are expected for Saturday. Sunday, however, looks to be “very good” with sun and highs in the upper 50s.
LIZ MURPHEY RECAP
Competing on the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga., the Ohio State women’s golf team concluded the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic (April 1-3) in 11th.
Finishing tied for sixth at 220, sophomore Amy Meier led the Buckeyes at the competitive tournament which featured 19 teams in the Top 50.
LAST YEAR AT THE LADY BUCKEYE
At the 2010 installment of the Lady Buckeye, Ohio State clenched its second-consecutive title by a 14-stroke margin with a total of 919 on its own Scarlet Course.
One stroke back from first, sophomore Rachel Rohanna concluded the tournament in second with a 54-hole sum of 228.
Also in the Top 5 was senior In Hong Lim and former Buckeye Emma Jandel who tied for fourth at 232.
AYE, AYE CAPTAIN
Before concluding its fall slate, Ohio State elected sophomore Rachel Rohanna and senior In Hong Lim as its captains for the 2010-11 season. The pair was the only two Buckeyes to compete in all 34 rounds of play last year.
Lim, a native of Melbourne, Australia, is the lone senior on the squad this year. In her time at Ohio State, she has competed in 110 rounds and currently posts a stroke average of 76.11 after nine events this season.
In only her second season with the Buckeyes, Rohanna, of Waynesburg, Pa., has seen action in 60 rounds. After participating in nine this season, she posts the lowest stroke average on the team at 75.42. Rohanna opened the 2010-11 season with a second place finish at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational with a career-low total of 7-under 212.
BUCKEYES PAST AND PRESENT
Coming out of a three-month break, the Buckeyes had an opportunity to dust off some of the cobwebs with an alumni match-up Feb. 6 in West Palm Beach, Fla. Buckeyes making the trip included sophomores Amy Meier, Rachel Rohanna and Susanna Benavides and junior Vicky Villanueva. On the alumni side, Meg Mallon, Allison Hanna and Lisa Strom represented Ohio State, while Beth Daniel showcased her talents for Furman University.
Playing a best ball format, each current Buckeye had the opportunity to play with two different alumna at the par 72, 6,129-yard Wanderers Club.
The Buckeyes didn’t waste any time getting back into the swing of things when they opened the 2010-11 season Sept. 17-18 with a runner-up finish at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational. Totaling 883 on the par 73, 6,187-yard University of New Mexico Championship Course in Albuquerque, the Buckeyes were led by sophomore co-captain Rachel Rohanna who concluded the tournament in second at 7-under 212.
In their second outing of the fall slate, the Buckeyes concluded the William K. Warren Irish Invitational (Oct. 2-3) in third. Ohio State battled rain and cold for a score of 921 on the par 72, 6,079-yard Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind. Leading Ohio State was senior co-captain In Hong Lim who concluded the event tied for eighth, followed by junior Vicky Villanueva who finished in a tie for 21st.
Previewing their Big Ten course and competition, Ohio State also finished third at the Lady Northern Invitational. Held Oct. 11-12 on the par 72, 6,303-yard Lake Shore Country Club in Chicago, Ill., the Buckeyes posted a team score of 883. Lim collected the fourth Top 5 finish of her career with a career-low 54-hole score of 215 (-1).
The Buckeyes wrapped fall play in ninth at the Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, N.C. The Buckeyes fired a team score of 908 at the par 72, 6,242-yard Country Club at Landfall led by Rohanna who tied for ninth at 221.
The Buckeyes are led by sophomore co-captain Rachel Rohanna who currently posts a stroke-average of 75.42 after 26 rounds. Competing in nine events, the Waynesburg, Pa., native has carded four rounds under par so far this season. Close behind is junior Vicky Villanueva who has tallied an average of 75.58 after eight events.
HESSION SIGNS TWO
After wrapping the fall slate, head coach Therese Hession signed two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. The Buckeyes will welcome Kendall Prince and Chantakan Chanpalangsri for the 2011-12 season.
Prince is from Lake Oswego, Oregon, where she attends Lakeridge High School. She is a three time first-team all-state and first-team all-league selection as well as a Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT) First Team All-American in 2010. Prince was the FCWT Co-Player of the Year for the West Region in 2010 after winning four of five tournaments that season. She also picked up her first AJGA win in Wenatchee, Wash., after rounds of 71-73-72 to win by three strokes.
At Lakeridge High School, Prince was undefeated during the 2010 regular season to earn the Three Rivers League Player of the Year award. She was district champion that year, never shot over par the entire season and was runner-up in the Oregon state championship after a third-place finish in 2009. Lakeridge finished third as a team in 2010 and second in 2009. Prince has earned a total of eight letters in high school while also competing in soccer and basketball.
Chanpalangsri is originally from Bangkok, Thailand, but attends St. Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, Fla. She fired rounds of 68-69 to claim the 2010 Florida State High School title. Chanpalangsri also had two runner-up finishes during AJGA action in 2010, taking second at the Golf Pride Junior Classic and at the Accusport Championship after closing with a 68.
The 2010-11 season marks the 20th 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 tenure, she has led the Buckeyes to seven Big Ten championships, 11 NCAA championship appearances and 16-consecutive NCAA regional appearances. Hession is an NGCA Hall of Famer and six-time Big Ten Coach of the Year.