Feb. 10, 2013

Round One Tee Times

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team will host the 18th-annual Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif., Feb. 11-13. The Buckeyes open the season at the three-day event on the par 71, 6017-yard Palos Verdes Golf Club.

The tournament features an impressive field of 15 Top 50 teams, including six of the top ten squads ranked by Golfweek.

Live results will be available throughout the tournament at Fans can also follow along at as well as on Twitter: @OhioState_WGOLF.

2013 Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge
Palos Verdes Golf Club (par 71, 6017 yards)
16 teams (Golfweek rankings)
Arizona (7)
Arizona State (8)
Baylor (28)
Duke (4)
Florida (6)
Michigan State (13)
Ohio State (48)
Oklahoma State (11)
Oregon (40)
Pepperdine (31)
Texas (34)
UCLA (36)
USC (3)
Wake Forest (47)
Washington (1)

The team and individual champions from the 2012 installment of the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge return to the links to compete for the title. Last year, top-ranked UCLA captured the tournament title with an 18-over 870, while Southern Cal finished second with three-day total of 882. Duke’s Lindy Duncan, the No. 1 individual nationally, took the individual title with a 3-under 210.

The Buckeyes concluded last year’s outing in sixth with a three-day team total of 901. Then-junior captain Amy Meier finished with a team best 6-over 219. The Rochester Hills, Mich., product shot a 4-over 75 on the final day to conclude the tournament tied for sixth.

The Buckeyes will be represented by seniors Amy Meier and Susana Benavides. Returning to action alongside them are teammates Allison Harper, Jan Chanpalangsri and Claudia Lim. Sophomore Sheridan Balyeat will compete as an individual.

As a team, the Buckeyes posted their best finish of the fall campaign tied for second at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.

Ohio State carded a sixth place finish at the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic after posting a 54-hole score of 902 in Norman, Okla. Senior Amy Meier tallied a 3-over 219 to tie for seventh overall.

Individually, the Buckeyes notched six top 20 placements in four tournaments during the fall season.

Ohio State will participate in four additional tournaments this spring. The Buckeyes will travel to New Orleans to compete in the All State Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Feb. 24-26 before venturing to the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational in Honolulu Mar. 12-13. Competition resumes for the Buckeyes April 5-6 at the SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational.

The Buckeyes return to Columbus to defend their first-place finish as hosts of the Lady Buckeye Invitational April 20-21 in their last tournament before Big Ten Championships Feb. 26-28 in French Lick, Ind.