March 13, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio— The Ohio State women’s golf team is enjoying spring break in sunny Florida and are set to compete in the 2014 SunTrust Gator Women’s Invitational, March 14-16. The three-day, 54-hole tournament will take place on the par 70, 6,002-yard Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville.
A field of 14 teams will compete in the weekend’s tournament, including nine teams ranked in the Top 50.
Name: SunTrust Gator Women’s Invitational
Course: Mark Bostick Golf Course
Yardage: 6,002 yards – Par 70
Field: 14 teams – Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings
Florida State (35)
Kent State (38)
Ohio State (30)
Texas A&M (27)
SCHEDULE OF PLAY:
Friday, March 14 – First Round (18) – 9 a.m. (tee times)
Saturday, March 15 – Second Round (18) – 9 a.m. (tee times)
Sunday, March 16 – Third Round (18) – 9 a.m. (shotgun start)
The Ohio State lineup will feature three freshmen, one senior and one junior competing for team score and one junior playing as an individual.
Leading the way are freshmen Jessica Porvasnik, Katja Pogacar and Zoe-Beth Brake, ranking in the top three on the team in stroke average. Brake, who began competing in February, has a team-best 72.5 average over six rounds played. Porvasnik and Pogacar have averages of 73.22 and 74.78, respectively.
Porvasnik, Pogacar, Lim and Chanpalangsri have represented Ohio State in all six tournaments this season and will competing in their seventh of the year.
LAST TIME ON THE LINKS
With a program record of 838, the Ohio State women’s golf team captured the Westbrook Spring Invitational title in Peoria, Ariz., Feb. 23-24. The Buckeyes tallied a third round score of 279 on the par 72, 6,269-yard Westbrook Village Golf Club Vistas Course to secure their win by a 10-stroke margin over second-place Oregon.
The Buckeyes’ win was the first since the team captured the 2012 Lady Buckeye Spring Invite. The team’s three-round total of 26-under 838 broke the program’s 54-hole record previously set in May 2005 by 18 strokes. Ohio State totaled an 856 at the 2005 NCAA East Regional and that mark held for nine years.
Clinching the first individual win of her career was freshman Jessica Porvasnik. Leading after scores of 65 and 67 on day one, the Hinckley, Ohio, product carded a final round of 1-under 71 to take medalist honors by four strokes.
Also finding spots in the top 10 were freshmen Zoe-Beth Brake and Katja Pogacar and senior Allison Harper. Brake finished tied for second overall with a 9-under 207. Harper came in fifth with a 5-under 211, while Pogacar concluded the tournament in 10th with a 2-under 214.
B1G GOLFER OF THE WEEK
Jessica Porvasnik was named Big Ten Women’s Golfer of the Week, Feb. 26. The honor was the first of her career.
Porvasnik clinched the first individual win of her career as she captured medalist honors at the Westbrook Spring Invitational by four strokes with a tournament-record 203 (-13). The Hinckley, Ohio, product finished with 14 birdies over three rounds and recorded the first hole-in-one of her career in round two on the par 3, 163-yard second hole using an 8-iron.
Porvasnik kicked off her record-breaking tournament with a 7-under 65 in round one, breaking the 11-year single round program record of 66. That mark was first set by Kristen White in 2003 and again by White in 2004. Porvasnik followed with rounds of 67 and 71 on her way to a 13-under 203 for the tournament.
The 2014 installment of the SunTrust Gator Women’s Invitational is the tournament’s 42nd-annual event. Since it started in 1973, the tournament has featured many quality teams and players, including Nancy Lopez, Pat Bradley and Betsy King. Alabama captured the 2013 team title, while Oklahoma’s Chriapat Jao-Javanil took individual accolades.
Ohio State last competed in the tournament in 2011, finishing third overall.
The three-day tournament will be played on the par 70, 6,002-yard Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville, Fla. The course has been home to the University of Florida for over 80 years and was originally designed by renowned architect Donald Ross.
The weather for the first round calls for 70 degree temperatures with sunny skies. Saturday looks to be partly cloudy with a high of 74, while Sunday’s final round is looking wet with a 70 percent chance for thunderstorms.
Ohio State will travel to Greensboro, N.C., for the competitive Bryan National Collegiate, March 28-30.