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Ohio State earns first trip to national championships since 2005, will compete in Maryland May 19-22

COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s golf team held on to its seventh-place standing through most of the final round of the NCAA Central Regional Saturday in Columbus to earn a trip to the 2009 NCAA Championships. The Buckeyes battled strong winds and cooling temps to notch a final round of 318 on their own par 72, 6,246-yard Scarlet Course and finish with a total of 917.

With the Top 8 teams advancing, the Buckeyes will make their first NCAA championship appearance since 2005.

“We’re thrilled to be back to the championships,” head coach Therese Hession said. “Although today was difficult, we got the job accomplished and I’m proud of our team.”

Winning the regional by 19 strokes with a score of 877 was top-seeded UCLA. The Bruins also boasted the medalist in Maria Jose Uribe who concluded the tournament at 4-under 212.

Moving up to lead for the Buckeyes was In Hong Lim. The sophomore from Melbourne, Australia, who was also the medalist at the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational on Scarlet in April, carded a round of 78 to tie for 20th at 229.

Tying for 27th at 230 were co-captains Emma Jandel, a junior from Dayton, and Gemma Webster, a senior from Glasgow, Scotland. Webster closed with a score of 79, while Jandel recorded a final round of 81.

A few strokes back were senior Jessica Hauser and freshman Vicky Villanueva who concluded the day tied for 46th. Rounding out the Buckeye lineup each with a 234, Hauser shot final score of 80 and Villanuena notched an 84.

The Buckeyes will next be in action May 19-22 when they vie for a national title at the NCAA championships outside of Baltimore, Md.

2009 NCAA Central Regional Final
The Ohio State University Golf ClubScarlet Course, Columbus, Ohio
Par 72, 6,246 yards

 Team Standings Scores 1. UCLA 284-290-303877 (+13) 2. Purdue 295-289-312896 (+32) 3. Wake Forest 298-295-306899 (+35) 4. Oklahoma State 297-292-312901 (+37) 5. Michigan State 295-300-310905 (+41) 6. New Mexico 301-296-315912 (+48) 7. OhioState  306-293-318917(+53) 8. UTChattanooga       303-299-320922 (+58) 9. Georgia State 303-305-318926 (+62) 10. Washington 308-300-319927 (+63) 11. Louisville 308-307-317932 (+68) 12. Kent State 305-304-325934 (+70) 13. Kentucky 308-301-326935 (+71) 14. Stanford 310-304-332946 (+82) 15. N.C.State   312-307-335954 (+90) 16. NotreDame   316-305-338959 (+95) 17. Michigan 312-321-327960 (+96) 18. Illinois State 311-313-339963 (+99) 19. Harvard 318-323-338979 (+115) 20. Murray State 322-327-341990 (+126) 21. Fairleigh Dickinson 328-321-346995 (+131)   Ohio State Results Scores T-20. In Hong Lim 78-73-78229 (+13) T-27. Gemma Webster 79-72-79230 (+14) T-27. Emma Jandel 73-76-81230 (+14) T-46. Jessica Hauser 77-77-80234 (+18) T-46. Vicky Villanueva 78-72-84234 (+18)