MAINEVILLE, Ohio – Coming off the 18th Big Ten championship in program history last weekend, a pair of members of the Ohio State women’s golf team were recognized for Big Ten postseason honors Tuesday. Aneka Seumanutafa was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, also picking up first team All-Big Ten honors, while senior Niki Schroeder was named the Buckeyes’ sportsmanship award recipient. Seumanutafa is the Buckeyes’ ninth Big Ten Freshman of the Year and first since Jessica Porvasnik in 2014.
Seumanutafa, from Emmitsburg, Md., was the winner of the Mary Fossum award by leading the Big Ten, in addition to ranking 11th nationally, with a 71.7 scoring average while her par-4 scoring average of 4.05 ranks 14th nationally. In seven events since arriving in Columbus in January, Seumanutafa has placed in the Top 25 in each of them, earning four Top 10 finishes and three in the Top 5 while winning the Westbrook Spring Invitational in late-February. Named Big Ten Golfer of the Week twice this spring, Seumanutafa is one of 15 players nationally to record a 64 or better this season when she shot 6-under par in the second round of the Lady Gator Invitational March 9. Out of 20 total rounds this spring, 19.5 have counted toward the team total while six have been in the 60’s and seven have been under-par.
Schroeder, the 15th Buckeye to earn Big Ten medalist honors when she tied Purdue’s Melati Putri with a two-round total of 138 at the rain-shortened Championships last weekend, has helped the Buckeyes to a pair of Big Ten Championships. A four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Schroeder carded a career-low 6-under 66 in the final round of the Big Ten Championships for her first-career win. The Avon Lake, Ohio, native was a WGCA All-American Scholar in 2016 and also won the Big Ten Sportsmanship award in 2018. Schroeder, whose 74.2 scoring average this season is the best of her career, ranks second on the team with five rounds under-par and is tied for the team lead with four rounds at even-par.
The Buckeyes will head to an NCAA Regional May 6-8 at a site to be determined. The NCAA selection show is set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday on Golf Channel.