Oct. 9, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team will get an opportunity to preview its Big Ten course and competition at the Lady Northern Invitational in French Lick, Ind., Oct. 10-11. The two-day, 54-hole tournament will kick off each day with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start on the par 71, 6,037-yard Donald Ross Golf Course at French Lick.
Name: Lady Northern Invitational
Course: The Donald Ross Golf Course at French Lick (par 71, 6,037 yards)
Field: 12 Teams (Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)
Augusta State (50)
Iowa State (30)
Ohio State (42)
Monday, Oct 10: 36 holes (8:30 a.m. shotgun start)
Tuesday, Oct. 11: 18 holes (8:30 a.m. shotgun start)
KEEPING AN EYE ON THINGS
Live scoring for the tournament will be available at www.golfstat.com. A link to the tournament will also be available at the women’s golf schedule page on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The Buckeyes are also on Twitter at twitter.com/OhioState_WGolf and Facebook at facebook.com/OhioStateWomensGolf.
Buckeyes getting a sneak peak of their Big Ten competition includes senior Vicky Villanueva, juniors Susana Benavides, Rachel Rohanna and Amy Meier, and freshman Kendall Prince. Freshman Jan Chanpalangsri will compete as an individual.
In the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings released Oct. 2, Ohio State moved up to the No. 42 slot. Of the 11 other teams competing, Augusta State (50), Illinois (35) and Iowa State (30) also claimed a spot in the Top 50.
The Lady Northern Invitational will serve as a preview of the Buckeye’s Big Ten course and competition when they return to French Lick, Ind., for the league tournament April 27-29. In addition to Ohio State, Big Ten squads making the trip include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State and Wisconsin.
LAST TIME OUT
The Ohio State women’s golf team concluded the Windy City Invitational (Oct. 3-4) in third after an even final round of 288. Securing a 54-hole total of 884 on the par 72, 6,333-yard Glen View Club in Chicago, Ill., the Buckeyes finished two strokes out of first and placed better than seven Top 50 squads, including No. 1 Texas.
Firing a career-low final round of 2-under 70, junior Susana Benavides shot up in the standings to lead the Buckeyes with a sixth-place finish at 217.
LADY NORTHERN REWIND
Last year at the Lady Northern Invitational, the Buckeyes concluded the tournament in third with a total of 883 on the par 72, 6.303 Lake Shore Country Club in Chicago. Former Buckeye In Hong Lim led the squad with a 54-hole total of 1-under 215 to tie for fourth.
Prince is from Lake Oswego, Oregon, where she attended Lakeridge High School. She was a three time first-team all-state and first-team all-league selection as well as a Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT) First Team All-American in 2010. Prince was the FCWT Co-Player of the Year for the West Region in 2010 after winning four of five tournaments that season. She also picked up her first AJGA win in Wenatchee, Wash., after rounds of 71-73-72 to win by three strokes.
At Lakeridge High School, Prince was undefeated during the 2010 regular season to earn the Three Rivers League Player of the Year award. She was district champion that year, never shot over par the entire season and was runner-up in the Oregon state championship after a third-place finish in 2009. Lakeridge finished third as a team in 2010 and second in 2009. Prince has earned a total of eight letters in high school while also competing in soccer and basketball.
Chanpalangsri is originally from Bangkok, Thailand, but attended St. Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, Fla. She fired rounds of 68-69 to claim the 2010 Florida State High School title. Chanpalangsri also had two runner-up finishes during AJGA action in 2010, taking second at the Golf Pride Junior Classic and at the Accusport Championship after closing with a 68.
From Lima, Ohio, Balyeat was named the 2010 Lima Junior Golf Association Player of the Year. While attending Shawnee High School, she helped the Indians to three league crowns and a third-place finish at the state tournament in 2011. For her efforts, Balyeat was a first-team all-district selection in 2009 and ’10.
Junior Rachel Rohanna had a solid summer of golf as the Waynesburg, Pa., product earned a spot at the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open, July 7-10, at the Broadmoor Country Club-East Course in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Rohanna opened the tournament with a 2-over 73 and followed with a 9-over 80 in the second round, narrowly missing the cut with an 11-over 153. Over the two days, she carded three birdies in the first U.S. Women’s Open appearance of her career.
The 2010-11 season marks the 21st year the Buckeyes are led by head coach Therese Hession. A former LPGA professional, Hession has molded the Ohio State golf program into one with a strong tradition of excellence. In her tenure, she has led the Buckeyes to seven Big Ten championships, 12 NCAA championship appearances and 17-consecutive NCAA regional appearances. Hession is an NGCA Hall of Famer and six-time Big Ten Coach of the Year.
The Buckeyes will return to action Oct. 28-30 when they wrap their fall slate at the Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, N.C.