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COLUMBUS, Ohio  – With 18 holes left to play, the Ohio State women’s golf team currently sits in seventh-place at the two-day, 54-hole SunTrust Gator Women’s Golf Invitational. Firing an opening round of 299, the Buckeyes notched an afternoon score of 300 to total 599 on the par 70, 6,002-yard Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville, Fla.

Host-school Florida currently sits atop the leaderboard with a two-round total of 572. Holding a 17-stroke advantage over second-place Florida State, the Gators feature five athletes in the Top 15 through 36 holes.

Leading Ohio State is Vicky Villanueva. The junior carded a round one score of 72 (+2) that included back-to-back birdies on hole Nos. 6 and 7. Gaining momentum, she went on to fire a career-low round of 67 (-3) in the afternoon to sit in second-place with a total of 1-under 139.

Villanueva was 4-under through her first 15 holes that found the Chacabuco, Argentina, native carding five birdies. Two strokes back from first, her only slip was two bogeys on the par-4 hole Nos. 1 and 5.

Tallying two birdies to open the tournament with a round of 71, sophomore co-captain Rachel Rohanna struggled in round two with a score of 81. Rohanna, of Waynesburg, Pa., is currently tied for 37th at 152.

One stoke back from Rohanna at 153 is senior co-captain In Hong Lim, who is tied for 40th. Lim carded a first round of 78 before improving by three strokes with a score of 75 in round two.

Also competing for the Buckeyes are sophomores Amy Meier and Susana Benavides. Meier is tied for 50th after rounds of 78 and 77, while Benavides sits in a tie for 80th after scores of 80 and 82.

Competing as an individual, junior Nara Shin is tied for 23rd at 149. The Avon, Conn., product shot a 77 to start the day before improving by five strokes to tie her career-low with a score of 72.  

The Buckeyes will conclude the tournament tomorrow with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Live scoring is available at www.golfstat.com.

SunTrust Gator Women’s Golf Invitational – Day 1
Mark Bostick Golf Course, Gainesville, Fla.
Par 70, 6,002 yards

Team Standings
1. Florida                            280-292—572 (+12)

2. Florida State                  295-294—589 (+29)

3. Arkansas                        98-296—594 (+34)

T-4. Iowa State                 302-294—596 (+36)

T-4. Coastal Carolina       290-306—596 (+36)

T-4. Colorado                    300-296—596 (+36)

7. Ohio State                     299-300—599 (+39)

8. Chattanooga                 297-304—601 (+41)

9. Georgia State                308-294—602 (+42)

10. Texas Tech                  304-303—607 (+47)

11. UCF                               298-310—608 (+48)

12. Augusta State             307-302—609 (+49)

13. Kent State                    296-314—610 (+50)

14. James Madison          307-312—619 (+59)

15. UNC Greensboro       308-317—625 (+65)

16. Missouri                       315-313—628 (+68)

17. Stetson University     320-321—641 (+81)

Ohio State Results
2. Vicky Villanueva           72-67—139 (-1)

T-23. Nara Shin (Ind.)       77-72—149 (+9)

T-37. Rachel Rohanna     71-81—152 (+12)

T-40. In Hong Lim             78-75—153 (+13)

T-50. Amy Meier               78-77—155 (+15)

T-80. Susana Benavides 80-82—162 (+22)

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