MAINEVILLE, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team won the 18th Big Ten championship in program history, tallying a season-best final-round 281 Sunday at TPC River’s Bend. Senior Niki Schroeder earned co-medalist honors, the 15th time a Buckeye has been crowned a Big Ten medalist, after carding a bogey-free career-low 6-under par 66 in the final round.
At 1-under for the tournament, the Buckeyes won by three strokes over Illinois, Indiana and Purdue, earning the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. The Big Ten championship is the 11th for the Buckeyes under the direction of head coach and director of golf Therese Hession, extending her conference record.
“This would be one of the most unlikely championships,” Hession said. “I knew in my heart we had it in us but we had to put it all together. It’s ironic how the week worked with Jack (Nicklaus) coming in and talking to the team about how to win before we came out and did this over the weekend. We stuck to the game plan and minimized our mistakes. I’m so proud of this team.”
Freshman Aneka Seumantufa carded her sixth round in the 60’s this spring, tying for fifth after a 3-under 69 Sunday. Fellow freshman Skylar Thompson tallied a career-low 72 to finish in a tie for 24th while another freshman, Lauren Peter, posted a 4-over 76 in the final round to tie for 33rd.
Sophomore Yukie Sasaki notched a 2-over 74 to tie for 56th, while junior Adeena Shears rounded out the Buckeye lineup, tying for 69th after a final-round 75.
As a team, Ohio State was the best in the field at 11-over in par-4 scoring. Schroeder tied for best in the field on the par-5’s at 5-under while tying for second best in par-4 scoring at 2-under. Schroeder also tied for most birdies with 10.
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“This is really special,” Schroeder said. “I was focused on playing well for the team and we all knew what we had to do to be successful this weekend. It’s been a crazy year. It has tested me personally being a senior on this team but it was all worth it after being able to walk off that green knowing what we accomplished.”
1st Team 294-281-575 (-1)
T-1st– Niki Schroeder 72-66-138 (-6)
T-5h – Aneka Seumanutafa 73-69 (-2)
T-24th – Skylar Thompson 76-72-148 (+4)
T-33rd – Lauren Peter 73-76-149 (+5)
T-56th –Yukie Sasaki 79-74-153 (+9)
T-69th – Adeena Shears 81-75-156 (+12)
The Buckeyes will head to an NCAA Regional May 6-8 at a site to be determined.