Buckeyes conclude regular season in Columbus on home Scarlet Course
COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s golf team will conclude its regular season by hosting the 28th-Annual Lady Buckeye Invitational April 7-8 at the Ohio State University Golf Club’s par-72, 6,228 yard Scarlet Course. The three-day, 54-hole event begins Saturday at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start to rounds one and two and conclude Sunday with the final round shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The Buckeyes will host 12 teams at the event, seven of which are from the Big Ten Conference.
Name: Lady Buckeye Invitational
Course: Scarlet Course, The Ohio State University Golf Club (par 72, 6,228 yards)
Field – 12 teams (national rankings): Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Kent State (15), Michigan State (16), Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Toledo and Wisconsin.
Saturday, April 19: 36 holes, 8:30 a.m. (shotgun)
Sunday, April 20: 18 holes, 8:30 a.m. (shotgun)
KEEPING AN EYE ON THINGS
Live scoring for the Lady Buckeye Invitational will be available at www.golfstat.com. There also will be a link to the tournament scoring on the Ohio State women’s golf schedule page at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Sophomore Emma Jandel held on online chat with fans Thursday morning, discussing the team, her play and other questions submitted by Buckeye fans. The full chat is available on the Ohio State women’s golf page.
A LOOK AT THE FIELD
The Buckeyes have competed against all 12 of the teams they will face at the Lady Buckeye in previous events this season. Last time out, Ohio State topped Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern and Penn State at the Indiana Invitational (April 7-8). Two of the biggest challenges in the field will be in No. 15 Kent State and No. 16 Michigan State, both of which have topped Ohio State this season.
REPRESENTING THE BUCKEYES
All eight Buckeyes will participate in Ohio State’s only home tournament of the season, six as members of the competing squad and two as individuals. Representing Ohio State in team competition will be seniors Haley Brown and Carling Coffing, juniors Gemma Webster and Jessica Hauser and sophomore Emma Jandel, all of who have played in the Lady Buckeye in years previous. Junior Jennifer Cassidy and sophomore Gina Besozzi with represent OSU as individuals.
THE COURSE AHEAD
Opening in 1938, The Ohio State University’s Scarlet Golf Course is among the best college golf courses in the nation. It was designed by world renowned course designer Dr. Alister MacKenzie, who also designed the Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters Tournament. Scarlet underwent a major restoration project in 2005 and ’06, which was headed by Ohio State legend Jack Nicklaus. The course is now an even more demanding par 71 and 7,455 yards off the championship tees. The tournament tees for the Lady Buckeye Invitational will play par 72 on 6,228 yards.
The course has hosted tournaments such as the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions, the NCAA Preview, Big Ten Championships, NCAA Regional Championships and a record 14 NCAA Women’s National Championships. It is also now the home of the Nationwide Tour’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational. Scarlet features large contoured greens surrounded by strategically placed bunkers that add to the difficulty of the beautiful, yet demanding course. The fairways and greens are bent grass.
A LONG RUN
The 2008 Lady Buckeye Invitational represents the 28th in Ohio State history. Ohio State has played host to the tournament since 1975, skipping only six years since its inception. The tournament has been hosted at Scarlet Course every year but 2006 when it was at Golf Club of Dublin because Scarlet was closed for renovations. The Buckeyes have claimed the tournament title 11 times, their first win coming in 1980 and the most recent in 2003. The Buckeyes have also recorded 10 individual champions in the history of the tournament, including All-Americans Kristen White in 2003 and Lindsay Knowlton in 2005.
The Buckeyes faired well during the 2007 Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational finishing fourth on their home Scarlet Course. Ohio State shot a 935 on the par 72 course to finish behind winner Purdue and 2008 NCAA Tournament participants Michigan State and Kent State. The squad also had four members finish in the Top 20: Emma Jandel tied for ninth, Dana Je in 15th and Jennifer Cassidy and Gemma Webster tied for 18th.
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State recorded its best finish of the season April 7-8 at the Indiana Invitational, placing second with a score of 894 on the par 72 Crooked Stick Golf Club Course in Carmel, Ind. The event also marked a couple bests for senior Haley Brown. Brown, from Austin, Texas, finished eighth overall for the highest finish of her career, with a career low 54-hole score of 218. Also finishing in the Top 20 at the event for the Buckeyes were Emma Jandel who finished tied for 13th and Carling Coffing and Jessica Hauser who finished tied for 20th.
STEADY WINS THE RACE
Consistency has been the name of the game for sophomore Emma Jandel. The Dayton, Ohio, native led the Buckeyes through much of the fall season and has been a mainstay in spring tournaments as well. She has finished in the Top 2 among the Buckeyes in four of the five events, including leading the squad at the Naples Challenge, Jandel has placed in the Top 25 four times and owns the lowest stroke average on the team with 76.17.
RECORD HIGH, RECORD LOW
Senior Haley Brown may be peaking at just the right time this season. Heading into Ohio State’s home event and just two weeks out from the Big Ten Championships, the Austin, Texas, native recorded two career bests April 7-8 at the Indiana Invitational. Brown finished in eighth place at the Indiana Invitational, her highest finish as a Buckeye and shot a career-low, 54-hole score of 218. The senior also topped the Buckeye roster for the first time this season.
SPRINGING INTO SUCCESS
Senior Carling Coffing has taken the spring schedule by storm. The Middletown, Ohio, native has led the Buckeyes in three of the five tournaments of the spring season, including helping them to a fourth-place finish at the Central District Invitational (Feb. 18-19) and second place at the Indiana Invitational (April 7-8). Coffing tied for third at the Central District, her second-highest career finish, and for her efforts was named Big Ten Golfer of the Week Feb. 20. She owns a 76.35 stroke average this season to rank second on the team. Coffing has also finished in the Top 20 in all but one spring event.
Junior Gemma Webster, the 2007-08 captain of the Buckeyes, led the team in more ways than one throughout the fall season. Webster finished in the Top 10 in two of the four fall tournaments and placing 13th at another. She led the Buckeyes to a fourth-place finish at the Lady Northern Invitational (Sept. 22-23) in University Park, Pa., placing eighth at the event. Webster also recorded her first hole-in-one since becoming a Buckeye at the Mason Rudolph Women’s Championship.
After a summer of stellar performances, sophomore Emma Jandel was ready to come back and compete for the Buckeyes this fall. She advanced all the way to the Round of 16 at the U.S. Women’s Amateur and won the 2007 Ohio Women’s Amateur Championships, successfully defending her 2006 title and making her the first player to win back-to-back titles since Diana Schwab in 1990. Jandel’s summer success continued into the fall as she finished in the Top 25 at three of the four fall tournaments, including a 15th place finish at the Mercedes Benz Collegiate Championship where she managed to move up 34 places in two rounds.
AT THE HELM
Head coach Therese Hession is in her 17th year at the helm of Ohio State. Last season she led the Buckeyes to a fourth-place finish at the 2007 Big Ten Championships and their 13th-consecutive NCAA Regional competition, During her tenure at Ohio State, Hession has guided the Buckeyes to seven Big Ten championships and five Top 8 finishes at the NCAA championships. She has earned Big Ten Coach of the Year honors six times.
The Buckeyes will next compete at the Big Ten Championships, hosted by Penn State in University Park, Pa. April 25-27.