COLUMBUS, Ohio – Facing another tough field, the Ohio State women’s golf team is set to tee off at the Bryan National Collegiate March 25-27. Competing on the par 72, 6,386-yard Champions Course at the Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center in Greensboro, N.C., the 17-team field will feature 13 teams in the Top 50 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
Hosted by Wake Forest and UNC Greensboro, the three-day, 54-hole event will begin with 8:20 a.m. tee times on Friday and Saturday and will conclude Sunday with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.
Name: Bryan National Collegiate
Course: Champions Course, Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center (par 72, 6,386 yards)
Field: 17 Teams (Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)
College of Charleston
Florida State (30)
Michigan State (17)
North Carolina (19)
Ohio State (31)
South Carolina (36)
Wake Forest (15)
Friday, March 25: 18 holes (8:20 a.m. tee times)
Saturday, March 26: 18 holes (8:20 a.m. tee times)
Sunday, March 27: 18 holes (8:30 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.
Student-athletes representing Ohio State in North Carolina include senior In Hong Lim, junior Nara Shin and sophomores Rachel Rohanna, Amy Meier and Susana Benavides.
The tournament will mark the eighth-competitive event of the season for Lim, Rohanna and Meier, the seventh for Benavides and the third for Shin.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
Of the 17 teams competing, the Buckeyes have already faced and placed better than Florida State, Louisville, Northwestern, N.C. State, UNC Greensboro, UNC Wilmington and South Carolina.
In addition to the Buckeyes, Florida State, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Duke, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Northwestern, Virginia, College of Charleston, UNC Greensboro, N.C. State and UNC Wilmington were present at the 2010 edition of the Bryan National Collegiate and are back for a rematch in 2011.
A LOOK AT THE LINKS
Opening for play in the 1990, the par 72, 6,386-yard Champions Course at the Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center features 97 sand traps in addition to numerous bunkers and hollows. With seven holes bordering Lake Townsend, the course, in addition to the Bryan National Collegiate, also played host to the 2010 US Public Links Championship.
In the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings released March 20, Ohio State was tabbed as the No. 31 team in the country. In the individual ratings, sophomore Rachel Rohanna is the 92nd individual in the nation.
The Bryan National Collegiate will feature 13 teams in the Top 50 and seven in the Top 20. Duke is the top squad competing with a No. 6 rating. The Blue Devils also post the top individual at the tournament in No. 3 Lindy Duncan.
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 highs in the low 60s and partly cloudy skies, the www.weather.com golf index is “very good” for Friday. However, a 40 percent chance of rain has earned Saturday and Sunday ratings of “fair.”
LADY GATOR RECAP
Carding its lowest round of the tournament with a 296, the Ohio State women’s golf team shot up in the standings to finish the SunTrust Gator Women’s Golf Invitational (March 6-7) in third. Totaling 895 on the par 70, 6,002-yard Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville, Fla., the Buckeyes jumped four slots in the final round of the two-day, 54-hole tournament.
Leading the Buckeyes was junior Vicky Villanueva who finished runner-up. Carding a career-low 54-holw score of 212, the Chacabuco, Argentina, product led the tournament in total birdies with ten.
LAST YEAR AT THE BRYAN NATIONAL COLLEGIATE
At the 2010 edition of the Bryan National Collegiate, the Buckeyes concluded the competitive tournament in a tie for third. Tying with Vanderbilt and Duke, Ohio State fired a 54-hole total of 886. Leading the Buckeyes were In Hong Lim and Rachel Rohanna who tied for 14th at 221.
Carding a team score of 873, Florida State won the event in 2010. Finding a medalist in Cheyenne Woods, Wake Forest concluded the tournament one stroke back in second.
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 104 rounds and currently posts a stroke average of 75.75 after seven events this season.
In only her second season with the Buckeyes, Rohanna, of Waynesburg, Pa., has seen action in 54 rounds. After participating in seven events this season, she posts the lowest stroke average on the team at 74.65. 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 Susana 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 74.65 after 20 rounds. Competing in seven 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 face a quick turnaround when they compete at the Liz Murphey Invitational April 1-3 in Athens, Ga.