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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Facing a quick turnaround, the Ohio State women’s golf team will begin its postseason slate at the Big Ten Championships April 22-24. The three-day, 72-hole tournament will take place at the par 72, 6,303-yard Lake Shore Country Club in Chicago, Ill.

Hosted by Northwestern, the tournament will commence with 36 holes Friday beginning with 8 a.m. (CT) tee times. There will be 18 holes played Saturday and Sunday, with tee times starting at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., respectively.

TOURNAMENT BASICS
Name: Big Ten Championships
Course:  Lake Shore Country Club (par 72, 6,303 yards)
Field: 11 Teams (Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Michigan
Michigan State (19)
Minnesota (40)
Northwestern (38)
Ohio State (31)
Penn State
Purdue (4)
Wisconsin

Schedule:
Friday, April 22: 36 holes (8 a.m. (CT) tee times)
Saturday, April 23: 18 holes (9 a.m. (CT) tee times)
Sunday, April 24: 18 holes (8 a.m. (CT) tee times)

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.

The Big Ten Network will broadcast the tournament in tape delay Saturday, May 14 at noon (ET). Daily updates can also be found at www.bigten.org.

HOW IT WORKS 
Unlike their regular season events, the Buckeyes will play an additional round at the Big Ten Championships. The three-day, 72-hole tournament will begin Friday with 8 a.m. tee times. The second round will also be played Friday with tee times beginning at 12:30 p.m. The tournament will continue Saturday and Sunday with tee times starting at 8 and 9 a.m., respectively, for single rounds. Like the Lady Buckeye, it will be a 6-count-4 format for scoring.

THE LINE-UP
Buckeyes competing at the Big Ten Championships include sophomores Amy Meier, Susana Benavides and Rachel Rohanna, juniors Vicky Villanueva and Nara Shin and senior In Hong Lim.

The tournament will mark the 11th event of the season for Lim, Rohanna and Meier, the 10th for Villanueva, the ninth for Benavides, and the sixth for Shin.   

SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
Having already gotten a sneak peek of the league course and competition at the Lady Northern Invitational, the Buckeyes have faced all of their Big Ten competitors so far this season. With the exception of defending league champion Purdue, the Buckeyes have placed higher than all other league schools at least once.  Against Big Ten competition, the Buckeyes post a record of 24-10.  

Of the 20 top individual finishers from last year’s league tournament, 17, including four Buckeyes, are back in 2011.

MAKING RANK
In the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings released April 17, Ohio State was tabbed as the No. 31 team in the country. In addition to the Buckeyes, league foes Purdue (4), Michigan State (19), Northwestern (38) and Minnesota (40) all hail from the Top 50 of the rankings.  

BUCKEYES AT BIG TENS
With 11 Big Ten titles, Ohio State leads the league in tournament wins. The Buckeyes have also produced eight tournament medalists, including former assistant head coach Amy Miller in 1997. Under head coach Therese Hession, the Buckeyes have finished lower than fourth at the Big Ten championships just once in 19 years. The Buckeyes’ last league win came in 2005 when the squad was led by medalist Kristen White.

Ohio State has produced 22 First Team All-Big Ten selections, six Big Ten Players of Year and six Big Ten Freshman of Year award-winners, including the 2009 rookie pick in Vicky Villanueva. Additionally, Hession has been selected as Big Ten Coach of the Year six times.

BIG TEN PREVIEW
Previewing their Big Ten course and competition, Ohio State concluded the Lady Northern Invitational in third. Held Oct. 11-12 on the par 72, 6,303-yard Lake Shore Country Club in Chicago, the Buckeyes posted a team score of 883. Senior co-captain In Hong Lim collected the fourth Top 5 finish of her career with a career-low 54-hole score of 215 (-1).

With a score of six-under 858, defending Big Ten champion Purdue clinched the win with 17-stroke margin over second-place Northwestern. The Wildcats Lauren Weaver maintained her spot atop the leaderboard to take medalist honors at 8-under 208.

A LOOK AT THE LINKS
Located along Lake Michigan, historic Lake Shore Country Club opened for play in 1910. Serving as host of the 2010 Lady Northern Invitational, the club will play to par 72, 6,303-yard layout for the Big Ten Championships.

WEATHER FORECAST
With temperatures in the 40s and a 50 percent chance of rain, the www.weather.com golf index is “poor” for Friday. However, partly cloudy skies and highs in the mid-50s have awarded Saturday a rating of “good” before expected showers on Sunday drop the index back to “poor.”

LADY BUCKEYE RECAP
Competing on its own par 72, 6,228-yard Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club, the Ohio State women’s golf team concluded the Lady Buckeye Invitational in fourth with a team total of 941.

With a final round of 315 to total 918, Big Ten foe Michigan State secured the win by a 17-stroke margin over second-place Kent State. The Spartans’ Caroline Powers took medalist honors with a 54-hole sum of 226. 

Leading Ohio State were junior Vicky Villanueva and sophomore co-captain Rachel Rohanna who tied for 13th at 235. Also in the Top 20 was sophomore Susana Benavides who tied for 17th. 

LAST YEAR AT BIG TENS
Playing through wind, rain and cold, the Buckeyes concluded the 2010 Big Ten Championships in third place. Ohio State had a team score of 1,189 to finish just four strokes back from second-place Michigan State. Competing on the par 72, 6,224-yard University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wis., all six Buckeyes notched a slot in the Top 30 of the league field.

Led by medalist Laura Gonzalez, Purdue secured its third-consecutive league title. The Boilermakers totaled 6-over 1,158 to secure their slot atop the leaderboard by a 27-stroke margin. The race for second was a close one, but Michigan State was able to pull in front of the Buckeyes in the final round with a total of 1,185.

Leading the Buckeyes were junior Vicky Villanueva and senior In Hong Lim who each tied for 11th at 299. A few strokes back were sophomores Susana Benavides and Rachel Rohanna who tied for 14th and 16th, respectively. Also competing for Ohio State were former Buckeye Emma Jandel and sophomore Amy Meier. Jandel tied for 26th at 305, while Meier finished tied for 30th at 307.

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. 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.

UP NEXT
The Buckeyes will look to secure a slot to their 17th-consecutive NCAA regional May 5-7.