April 19, 2018

Buckeyes Head to Big Ten Championships at TPC River’s Bend


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team makes the short trip to Maineville, Ohio, for the 2018 Big Ten Championships Friday through Sunday at TPC River’s Bend.

All 14 Big Ten teams will be competing on the 6,357-yard, par-72 course, with 18 holes being played each day. Tee times begin at 10 a.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday before final-round tee times start at 8 a.m. Sunday. Ohio State will tee it up at 10:54 a.m. in the opening round Friday.

Name: Big Ten Championships
Live Scoring: Golfstat.com
Course: TPC River’s Bend (Maineville, Ohio)
Yardage: 6,357 yards – Par 72
Format: Play 6, count 4 | 54 holes
Schedule of Play:
Friday, April 20 (18 holes with tee times beginning at 10 a.m.)
Saturday, April 21 (18 holes with tee times beginning at 8:30 a.m.)
Sunday, April 22 (18 holes with tee times beginning at 8 a.m.)
*All times local
Field (14 teams): *Golfstat Top 25 Collegiate Rankings listed
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, No. 12 Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, No. 13 Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, No. 22 Purdue, Rutgers, Wisconsin


  1. Jaclyn Lee | Jr.
  2. Niki Schroeder | Jr.
  3. Adeena Shears | So.
  4. Alex Wright | So.
  5. Rio Watanabe | Sr.
  6. Alanis Sakuma | Fr.

Weather Channel is forecasting sunny skies Friday followed by partly cloudy skies Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures will increase from highs in the mid-50s Friday to the mid-60s Sunday.

Ohio State finished second in the rain-shortened Lady Buckeye Invitational last weekend at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course. Teams were able to play 36 holes Saturday before the final 18 were cancelled because of heavy rain in Columbus. Ohio State took seventh in the 36-hole tournament while six Buckeyes finished in the Top 30, led by junior Jaclyn Lee, who tied for 13th at 4-over par.

Ohio State has won 16 Big Ten titles, including three in a row from 2014-2016. The Buckeyes have won 10 of those championships under the direction of 27th-year head coach Therese Hession. A total of 13 Buckeyes have garnered medalist honors at the Big Ten Championships, where Ohio State placed third a season ago.

Junior Jaclyn Lee ranks among the best nationally in multiple categories. The Calgary, Alberta, native has posted the 24th-best average score at 71.61. Lee is tied for the fourth-lowest round nationally, doing so twice when she shot a first- and final-round 64 at the Westbrook Spring Invitational. She sits tied for second nationally in Par-3 scoring with a 2.96 stroke average.

Jaclyn Lee was named Big Ten Golfer of the Week, the conference office announced March 21. The award is the third for Lee, who also earned the accolade Sept. 20 and Feb. 28.

The Calgary, Alberta, native earned her fourth Top 10 finish of the 2017-18 season last weekend at the Clover Cup, placing second at 4-under par, one stroke behind Oklahoma’s Julienne Soo. Lee carded rounds of 72, 69 and 71 at Longbow Golf Club and now has six-consecutive rounds at or below par. Lee tallied 14 birdies on the weekend, the most of any competitor in the field, and played the Par-4’s at 1-over for the tournament, the second-best of any player. Lee tied for sixth in Par-5 scoring at 5 under and tied for sixth in Par-3 scoring at even-par.

Buckeye head coach Therese Hession is in her 27th season in Columbus. Hession has led the Buckeyes to 24 NCAA Regionals, 16 NCAA Championships appearances and 10 Big Ten championships in her 26 seasons. The seven-time Big Ten Coach of the Year guided the Buckeyes to an appearance in the NCAA quarterfinals last season.

In August, Hession was named a coach for the United States team at the 2018 Arnold Palmer Cup, where she’ll coach alongside Oklahoma’s Ryan Hybl for the United States while Herb Page of Kent State and Canada and Anne Walker of Stanford and Scotland will lead the international side. The event, which will be held at Evian Resort Golf Club July 6-8, is a Ryder Cup-style competition that will be the first played under the expanded format to include men’s and women’s collegiate golfers.

In addition, Stacy Snider Olson enters her second season as an assistant on the Ohio State coaching staff. Snider, who has five years of Division I head coaching experience, was a two-time All-Big Ten selection at Michigan State (2001, 2002) and former professional golfer.

Former Buckeye Meg Mallon was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in New York Sept. 26. Mallon joined the World Golf Hall of Fame alongside Davis Love III, Lorena Ochoa, Ian Woosnam and Henry Longhurst.

Mallon spent 23 years on the LPGA Tour, winning 18 titles, including four Majors. She won the LPGA Championship and the U.S. Women’s Open in a breakout season in 1991 before adding a du Maurier Classic title in 2000 and her second U.S. Women’s Open Championship in 2004. Mallon played on eight consecutive U.S. Solheim Cup teams from 1992 to 2005 and was named captain of the U.S. team in 2013. The Natick, Mass., native was named one of the LPGA’s Top 50 players and teachers in 2000 and retired from the tour in 2010.

During her time at Ohio State, Mallon was a four-year letterwinner from 1982-1985 and a two-time first team All-Big Ten selection in 1984 and 1985. She won the 1983 Michigan Amateur Championship while at Ohio State and helped lead the Buckeyes to three Big Ten titles in 1983, 1984 and 1985. She was voted to the Ohio State University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996.