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Buckeyes use home-course advantage to record first tournament and individual victories since 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio Led by medalist In Hong Lim, the Ohio State women’s golf team led their own Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational all the way to the podium Sunday, with a total of 895 (+31) for its 12th victory at the annual tournament. Competing on their home par 72, 6,228-yard Scarlet Course, the Buckeyes concluded the tournament with a final round of 306 and led the event throughout all three rounds.

The win by Ohio State, ranked 30th in the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin ratings, was the team’s first tournament victory since winning the NCAA Regional in 2005 and their first win at the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational since 2003. The Buckeyes bested second-place Kent State, the 2008 Lady Buckeye champ, by 10 strokes and also topped eight Big Ten opponents prior to the conference championships next weekend.

“We had a game plan and we stuck with it,” Therese Hession, in her 18th season as Ohio State head coach, said. “A win always boosts confidence, especially a win at home. We played two of the best back-to-back rounds I’ve ever had.”

Lim maintained her place atop the leaderboard with a 54-hole score of 1-over 217. After firing scores of 68-74 in day one, Lim carded a third-round score of 75 in the third round to clinch her medalist finish by a stroke. The sophomore from Melbourne, Australia, recorded a number of career marks in the event, including first tournament win, best 54-hole score and lowest round. 

Lim is the first Ohio State golfer to medal since Kristen White won the Big Ten Championships in 2005 and the first to win the Lady Buckeye since Lindsay Knowlton was the 2005 medalist.

“I didn’t know I had won until I signed my card, but I knew I was hitting the ball well,” Lim, who has led the Buckeyes in four of their last five events, said. “Going into today I tried to calm down and not get excited because I knew I still had 18 holes to play.”

Joining Lim in the Top 10, were freshman Vicky Villanueva and senior co-captain Gemma Webster. Tying her career-best performance with a tie for sixth, Villanueva shot a final round of 77 to total 225. Two strokes back was Webster, who also carded a 77 for a season-best tie for ninth place at 227.

Also tallying a round of 77, junior co-captain Emma Jandel missed a slot in the Top 10 by just one stroke. Totaling 228, Jandel finished the event in a season-best tie for 11th.

Rounding out the Buckeye lineup was freshman Nara Shin who tied for 37th at 236. 

Competing as an individual, senior Jessica Hauser tied Villanueva for a career-best sixth place finish after closing with a round of 75.

Also competing individually, senior Jennifer Cassidy tied for 58th at 243, while sophomore Gina Besozzi finished her first tournament of the season tied for 73rd at 252.

Up next, the Buckeyes face a quick turn around when they travel to West Lafayette, Ind., to begin postseason play at the 2009 Big Ten Championships hosted by Purdue, April 24-26. Ohio State will then host the NCAA Central Regional at Scarlet Course, May 7-9.

Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational Final
The Ohio State University Golf Club-Scarlet Course, Columbus, Ohio
Par 72, 6,228 yards

 Team Standings Scores 1. OhioState  295-294-306895(+31) 2. Kent State  299-304-302905(+41) 3. Washington  302-308-301911(+47) 4. Northwestern  299-300-316915(+51) 5. Indiana  299-310-310919(+55) 6. Michigan State  307-304-309920(+56) 7. Rollins College  310-316-312938(+74) 8. Illinois  313-308-320941(+77) T-9. Kansas  309-314-327950(+86) T-9. Penn State  310-319-321950(+86) 11. Wisconsin  313-317-324954(+90) 12. Iowa   327-310-325962(+98) 13. Minnesota  321-322-324967(+103) 14. Kansas State  328-319-325972(+108) 15. Nebraska  322-324-331977(+113)    Ohio StateResults  Scores 1. InHong Lim  68-74-75217 (+1) T-6.  VickyVillanueva  73-75-77225 (+9) T-6. Jessica Hauser(Ind.)  77-73-75225 (+9) T-9. Gemma Webster 79-71-77227 (+11) T-11. Emma Jandel  75-76-77228 (+12) T-37. Nara Shin 79-74-83236 (+20) T-58. Jennifer Cassidy (Ind.) 80-78-85243 (+27) T-73. Gina Besozzi (Ind.) 84-79-89252 (+36)