COLUMBUS, Ohio – Competing in blustery winds, chilly temperatures and occasional showers, the Ohio State women’s golf team is in third place after 36 holes at its own Lady Buckeye Invitational. Firing an opening round of 310, the Buckeyes added an afternoon round of 313 to total 623 on the par 72, 6,228-yard Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus.
Big Ten foe Michigan State currently sits atop the leaderboard after rounds of 303 and 300. Led by Caroline Powers, who holds first, the Spartans total 603 and post an 18-stroke advantage over second-place Kent State.
Leading the Scarlet and Gray is Susana Benavides who is tied for 17th at 156. The Cochabamba, Bolivia, native started the day with a birdie on hole No. 4 en route to a first round score of 79 that would include three more birdies. In the afternoon, she improved by two strokes with a 77 to sit in the Top 20.
Carding a first round that was highlighted by three birdies and an eagle on the par 5 No. 14 hole, junior Vicky Villanueva, from Chacabuco, Argentina, opened the tournament with a 76 before slipping in round two with a score of 81. Tallying a sum of 157, Villanueva is currently tied for 19th.
After steady rounds of 78 and 79, sophomore co-captain Rachel Rohanna is also tied for 19th. The Waynesburg, Pa., product found two birdies throughout the day.
Beginning the day with a birdie on her opening hole, sophomore Amy Meier is tied for 27th. Meier, of Rochester Hills, Mich., carded balanced scores of 79 and 80 on the way to a 159 total.
One stroke back from Meier at 160 is senior co-captain In Hong Lim who notched scores of 77 and 83 to sit in a tie for 32nd.
Rounding out the Buckeye lineup is Nara Shin who is tied for 40th at 162. The junior from Avon, Conn., shot a rocky morning round of 85, but improved by eight strokes for a round two mark of 77.
Freshman Alex Brown, who is competing as an individual, shot an 89 and a 91 to end the day tied for 71st.
The Buckeyes will conclude regular season play tomorrow when the third and final round kicks off with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.
Lady Buckeye Invitational – Day 1
Scarlet Course, The Ohio State University Golf Club, Columbus, Ohio
Par 72, 6,228 yards
1. Michigan State 303-300-603 (+27)
2. Kent State 312-309-621 (+45)
3. Ohio State 310-313-623 (+47)
4. Wisconsin 304-322-626 (+50)
T-5. Northwestern 308-320-628 (+52)
T-5. Iowa State 310-318-628 (+52)
7. Illinois 312-317-629 (+53)
8. Minnesota 312-326-638 (+62)
9. Penn State 317-322-639 (+63)
10. Indiana 322-322-644 (+68)
11. Iowa 326-331-657 (+81)
12. Xavier 332-329-661 (+85)
Ohio State Results
T-17. Susana Benavides 79-77-156 (+12)
T-19. Vicky Villanueva 76-81-157 (+13)
T-19. Rachel Rohanna 78-79-157 (+13)
T-27. Amy Meier 79-80-159 (+15)
T-32. In-Hong Lim 77-83-160 (+16)
T-40. Nara Shin 85-77-162 (+18)
T-72. Alex Brown (Ind.) 89-91-180 (+36)
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