Sept. 16, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team opens its 2017-18 season at the East & West Match Play Challenge starting Sunday at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wis. The eight-team field will play 36 holes of stroke play on Sunday to determine the seeding for match play, with the top four teams advancing to the championship bracket and the remaining four playing in the consolation bracket Monday and Tuesday.
Name: East & West Match Play Challenge
Live Scoring: Stroke Play | Match Play
Course: University Ridge Golf Course (Madison, Wis..)
Yardage: 6,219 yards – Par 72
Format: Play 5, count 4 – 36 holes of stroke play followed by four-team match play brackets
Schedule of Play:
Stroke Play* – 36 holes (Sunday, Sept. 17) | Shotgun start at 10 a.m. ET
Match Play (Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 18-29) | Matches start at 10 a.m. Monday and 9:30 a.m. Tuesday
Field (8 teams):
Weather Channel is forecasting temperatures in the mid-70s throughout the event with cloudy skies Sunday and Tuesday and a 40-percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms Monday.
FIVE BACK IN 2017-18
Five Buckeyes who tallied counted rounds in the 2016-17 campaign return for the 2017-18 season. Although Katja Pogacar and Jessica Porvasnik have departed, Ohio State’s other three starters (Jaclyn Lee, Niki Schroeder and Rio Watanabe) from last spring’s NCAA Championships return. Lee was named a second team All-Big Ten pick a year ago while Watanabe earned second team all-conference laurels in 2015.
Lee and Schroeder each completed 34 rounds a season ago, while Watanabe played 30, Wright finished 18 and Shears complete seven.
HESSION ENTERING 27TH SEASON
Buckeye head coach Therese Hession is entering 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 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.