COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team opens its 2018-19 season at the East & West Match Play Challenge starting Sunday at Radrick Farms Golf Course in Ann Arbor, Mich. 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: Radrick Farms Golf Course (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Yardage: 6,292 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. 15) | Shotgun start at 9 a.m. ET
Match Play (Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 18-29) | Matches start at 9 a.m. Monday and 8:30 a.m. Tuesday
Field (8 teams):
1. Jaclyn Lee | Sr.
2. Niki Schroeder | Sr.
3. Yukie Sasaki | So.
4. Lauren Peter | Fr.
5. Alanis Sakuma | So.
Ind. Adeena Shears
Weather Channel is forecasting temperatures in the low-80s throughout the event with partly cloudy skies Sunday through Tuesday and a 20 percent chance of rain.
SIX BACK FROM 2017-18
Six Buckeyes who were a part of the 2017-18 campaign return for the 2018-19 season. Although Rio Watanabe has departed, Ohio State returns 2 starters (Jaclyn Lee and Niki Schroeder) from last spring’s NCAA Championships.
Lee, a WGCA second team All-American last year, completed 35 rounds and Schroeder completed 34 rounds a season ago, while Wright and Shears played 31 and Sakuma completed 20 in her opening season.
HESSION ENTERING 28TH SEASON
Buckeye head coach Therese Hession is entering her 28th season in Columbus. Hession has led the Buckeyes to 25 NCAA Regionals, 17 NCAA Championships appearances and 10 Big Ten championships in her 28 seasons. The seven-time Big Ten Coach of the Year guided the Buckeyes to another NCAA appearance last season.
This past June after completing her 27th season as the head coach of the Ohio State women’s golf team, Hession was promoted to director of golf for both the men’s and women’s programs.
In addition, Stacy Snider enters her third 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.