COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team is headed to Athens, Ga., for the 39th Annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic. The three-day, 54-hole event which features 19 teams ranked in the Top 50, is set to take place on the par 72, 6,335-yard University of Georgia Golf Course April 1-3.
The competitive tournament will commence with a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start Friday and Saturday and will conclude Sunday with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.
Name: Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic
Course: University of Georgia Golf Course (par 72, 6,335 yards)
Field: 23 Teams (Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)
Florida State (30)
Kent State (33)
Michigan State (22)
North Carolina (17)
Notre Dame (25)
Ohio State (31)
South Carolina (36)
Wake Forest (12)
Friday, April 1: 18 holes (9:30 a.m. shotgun start)
Saturday, April 2: 18 holes (9:30 a.m. shotgun start)
Sunday, April 3: 18 holes (9 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
At the 2011 edition of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, the five student-athletes from each school will play together throughout the tournament. The team score for each hole will be determined by the low four scores on that hole, allowing every player a chance to contribute on each hole.
The individual champion will still be determined by the best relation-to-par score through 54 holes.
Student-athletes making the trip to Georgia include sophomores Amy Meier and Rachel Rohanna, juniors Nara Shin and Vicky Villanueva and senior In Hong Lim.
The trip will mark the ninth competitive event this season for Lim, Rohanna and Meier, the eighth for Villanueva and the fourth for Shin.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
Of the 23 teams competing, the Buckeyes have already faced and placed better than Arkansas, Chattanooga, Florida State, Georgia State, Kent State, Kentucky, Michigan State, Notre Dame, South Carolina and Virginia at least once during the season.
In addition to the Buckeyes, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Duke, Florida, Furman, Georgia, Georgia State, Kent State, Michigan State, North Carolina, Purdue, South Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest were present at least year’s event and will be back for a rematch in 2011.
A LOOK AT THE LINKS
Designed by architect Robert Trent Jones, The University of Georgia Golf Course has played host to three NCAA women’s championships since its opening in 1968. The course was crowned one of the Top 50 public golf courses by Golf Digest.
Featuring water on four of its holes, the par 72, 6,335-yard course is composed of long, Bermuda fairways and quick, bent grass greens. With a slope of 133, the course was also named one of the 25 best university golf courses in the country by Links magazine.
In the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings released March 27, Ohio State was tabbed as the No. 31 team in the country. In addition to the Buckeyes, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Chattanooga, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Kent State, LSU, Michigan State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Purdue, South Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest all hail from the Top 50 of the rankings.
The event will also post three of the Top 5 teams in the country in No. 3 Alabama, No. 4 Purdue and No. 5 LSU. The Tigers’ Megan McChrystal is the No. 1 in the nation, while host Georgia boasts No. 2 Marta Silva.
The Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic is one of the oldest collegiate women’s golf tournaments in the country. Now in its 39th year, the tournament began in 1973 as the Georgia Invitational. Later renamed the Women’s Southern Intercollegiate Championship in 1977, the tournament underwent one final name change in 1995 when it was renamed for the University of Georgia’s Hall of Fame coach Liz Murphey.
BIG TEN GOLFER OF THE WEEK
Junior Vicky 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.
With a 40 percent chance of showers, Friday has earned a www.weather.com golf index of “good.” However, with temperatures reaching the 70s and sunny skies, Saturday and Sunday have earned ratings of “very good” and “excellent,” respectively.
BRYAN NATIONAL RECAP
Competing on the par 72, 6,386-yard Champions Course at the Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center in Greensboro, N.C., the Ohio State women’s golf team concluded the Bryan National Collegiate in eighth with a team total of 926.
With a score of 895, host Wake Forest sat atop the 17-team leaderboard. Trailing the Demon Deacons by two strokes, second-place Tennessee found a medalist in Erica Popson who concluded the event at 4-over 220.
Leading the Buckeyes was sophomore Amy Meier who tallied a 54-hole score of 229 to tie for 21st. One stroke back from Meier was senior co-captain In Hong Lim who tied for 25th at 230.
LAST YEAR AT THE LIZ MURPHEY
In a tournament which featured 19 teams in the Top 50 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, the Buckeyes concluded the 2010 Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in 10th. Competing on the par 72, 6,335-yard University of Georgia Golf Course, the Buckeyes fired a 54-hole team score of 931 (+67).
Senior In Hong Lim led the Buckeyes in a tie for 26th with a score of 230. A few strokes back from Lim at 234 was sophomore Amy Meier who fired a hole-in-one en route to her tie for 37th.
A competitive field, Duke ran away with the tournament with a team score of 889. Winning by a 21-stroke margin, the Blue Devils were led by Lindy Duncan who took medalist honors.
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 107 rounds and currently posts a stroke average of 75.86 after eight events this season.
In only her second season with the Buckeyes, Rohanna, of Waynesburg, Pa., has seen action in 57 rounds. After participating in eight events this season, she posts the lowest stroke average on the team at 74.86. 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 74.86 after 23 rounds. Competing in eight 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 75.38 after seven 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.
The Buckeyes will wrap regular-season play April 16-17 at their own Lady Buckeye Invitational in Columbus.