Friday: Practice Round
From OSU senior Haley Brown: Spring is here and the weather was beautiful for the Lady Buckeye Invitational practice round. Lets hope it stays that way. We were up an on the tee first thing and had a relaxing round to loosen up and check the pins for the weekend.
DaVinci’s, a favorite spot of ours, was kind enough to host our team dinner, even though the owners daughter played for Penn State, but we can forgive that. Then it was off to bed early to rest up for the big 36 hole day. We are playing in a 8:30 p.m. shotgun with Michigan State and Kent State. Hope to see you out there. GO BUCKS!
Saturday: Rounds One and Two
8:30 a.m. – The teams teed off under partly sunny skies and temperatures in the low 60s. Live scoring for the Lady Buckeye is available on www.golfstat.com.
10:39 a.m. – Early in the team standings, Ohio State is tied for the lead at 2-over with Michigan State and Eastern Michigan. Senior Carling Coffing had played outstanding in her opening eight holes, making par in six of them and birdiying two. She has the early individual lead at 2-under.
12:17 p.m. – Coffing has played her first 13 holes 4-under with four birdies, tied for first at 4-under with four holes to play in round one. Teammate Jessica Hauser also has had a solid stretch during her round, making par on 10-consecutive holes.
1:12 p.m. – Coffing concludes her first round bogey-free and leads the field after opening with a 67 (-5). She birdied Nos. 1, 4, 9, 12 and 18. As a team, the Buckeyes are in second place with a first-round total of 300. Kent State stands atop the leaderboard six strokes ahead at 294.
1:32 p.m. – Rain has begun falling in Columbus and is coming down steady. So far, the golfers remain out on the course, but we will have to see how long the torrent lasts.
2:58 p.m. – The rain has subsided and no delay was called. The teams have continued to power through while playing in conditions that are less than ideal.
3:40 p.m. – After a little over a half-hour break, the rain has begun falling again on Scarlet Course, returning with a steady pace.
3:53 p.m. – This rain shower was much shorter than the previous, and hopefully it will be the last!
4:43 p.m. – Ohio State continues to stand in second place with Kent State leading the Lady Buckeye. Individually, Coffing has held onto her top spot throughout the second round, currently leading by a stroke at 1-under through 11 holes.
6:20 p.m. – Day one is complete with all 36 holes being played as scheduled despite the heavy rain. Ohio State has held its position in second place, totaling 603. Kent State has a 10 stroke lead. Coffing is one stroke back from the leader in second place.
Click here for the full recap and standings of day one of the Lady Buckeye Invitational
Sunday: Round Three
8:30 a.m. – The teams teed off for the third and final round of the Lady Buckeye Invitational. It’s a bit cooler today, but calmer weather conditions after a stormy afternoon for round two. Live scoring for the Lady Buckeye is available on www.golfstat.com.
9:55 a.m. – Kent State and Ohio State are still standing first and second, respectively, on the leaderboard. Two Big Ten teams, Northwestern and Michigan State, are tied for third, nine strokes back from the Buckeyes in a tie for third. Eastern Michigan has started out well as the only team under par during its opening five holes.
11:06 a.m. – Buckeye senior Carling Coffing completed the front nine bogey free with eight pars and a birdie on the par 5 No. 4. She is tied for the tournament lead with Michigan State’s Sara Brown at 1-under. Kent State has pulled ahead of the rest of the field with a 20 stroke lead in first. They are now the only team under par for the third round at 3-under.
1:56 p.m. – The 28th-Annual Lady Buckeye Invitational is complete. Kent State won the team title and Michigan State’s Sara Brown clinched medalist honors. Coffing finished second by two strokes in the individual standings, her second runner-up finish this season. The Buckeyes took second place for the second tournament in a row and defeated seven other Big Ten teams, a good edge heading into the conference championships next weekend.
Click here for the full round-three recap and final standings of the Lady Buckeye Invitational