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Senior tri-captain answered fans questions Thursday morning

COLUMBUS, Ohio Gemma Webster, a senior co-captain on the Ohio State women’s golf team, held an online chat on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and answered fans’ questions Thursday morning.

Webster, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, has helped the Buckeyes rank 30th in the nation in the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin rankings released April 12. She is one of two Buckeyes to play in all eight events so far this season and has finished in the Top 25 twice. Webster is a two-time Second Team All-Big Ten honoree and has captained the team the last three seasons.

This weekend, Ohio State hosts the 29th Annual Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational at its own Scarlet Course. Admission is free and action for the 15-team field begins at 8:30 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday with a shotgun start.

OhioStateBuckeyes::    Hello everyone, Gemma is here and ready to chat!

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mary:powell:    what is the hardest course you’ve ever played?

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Gemma Webster::
    Since playing collegiate golf for 4 years now I have realized that the most demanding golf course is actually here in Columbus Ohio. The new rennovations to the Scarlet course have made it a very challenging golf course for even the best of professionals. Every hole out there requires a lot of thought and skill and this is what makes it a great course!

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Pete:Columbus:
    Hi Gemma, How did you end up at Ohio State?

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Gemma Webster::    After High School i signed to a recruiting agency in Scotland. They bascially put out a resume and golf swing on the internet and allow US colleges to see international players. So after several e-mails the Coach at Ohio State flew over to Scotland to watch me play. We went for dinner afterwards and she sold the university and the program very well. This trip meant a lot to me as it showed that she was dedicated and serious about her job as a coach.

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Scott:Columbus:    What are your plans for next year … are you going to play pro?

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Gemma Webster::    I went to the Durmed Qualifying School in November and gained playing status for this year. After i graduate in May i plan to turn professional and play in all the events this Summer. Ultimately my goal is to play on the LPGA tour.

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Alyson:Wilmington:    I saw a video about the team going to Scotland last fall. That had to be pretty exciting for you. 

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Gemma Webster::    It was extremely exciting for me to have the team over in my homeland. The majority of my team had never been overseas and so it was a real eye opener for them to be in a different country. It was interesting to listen and watch there reactions especially when we visited St. Andrews. It definately made realize that i take a lot for granted and me really proud to be Scottish!

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Freddie:Huntington:    Any significant injuries or is all set for the weekend?

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Gemma Webster::    No injuries as of today ( touch wood) so I am ready to take it deep this weekend! Go Bucks!

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Alyson:Wilmington:    What do you miss most about home?

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Gemma Webster::    I am very fortunate that my parents are able to come over and watch me play in some of my tournaments so i get to see them a fair amount. I miss my dog Tassel the most as she is a lot of fun to be around. My mom is a very good cook so i miss a lot of the food and home cooking!

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julia:hillard:    is it different playing in scotland vs. playing in the USA?

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Gemma Webster::    A lot of the golf courses in Scotland are Links style courses and are normally close to the sea. This style involves a lot more improvization and imagination as you have to keep the ball flight low under the wind. A lot of the greens are therefore not elevated so getting the ball airborn is no advantage. We also use the putter a lot from around the greens.

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Louise:Upper Arlington:    Hello Gemma, Do you ever get to meet the former Buckeyes and talk to them or get advice? Go Bucks!

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Gemma Webster::    I have met and talked to a few former buckeyes like Rosie Jones, and Meg Mallon . My freshman year Coach invited Rosie Jones in for Nationals to give our team a motivational talk. I think it is very beneficial hearing from these successful ladies as they have a lot of great advice. The standards of college golf are getting higher and higher every year so any advice or little tips from past players allow that transition to be faster!

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Samantha:Pickerington:    What do you think is the best aspect of your game? Is there anything you’re working on right now?

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Gemma Webster::    The best aspect of my game is my putting. Right now i am not working on anything in particular with reagrds to my swing. I have been working a lot this year on my mental game. This involves journalling, visualization etc. A lot of players do not realize this but this mental aspect plays a huge part in the game of golf.

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Gemma Webster::    Thanks everyone for your questions! Come on out to Scarlet Course this weekend and cheer us on during the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational. We look forward to seeing you there! Go Bucks!