April 11, 2018

Buckeyes Set to Host Lady Buckeye This Weekend


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team hosts its only tournament of the 2017-18 campaign, the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational, starting Saturday at the OSU Golf Club’s Scarlet Course. Admission is free to the tournament, which the Buckeyes are hosting for the 38th time.

The teams will play 36 holes starting with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday before an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start for the final round Sunday.

Name: Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational
Live Scoring: Golfstat.com
Course: OSU Golf Club – Scarlet Course (Columbus, Ohio)
Yardage: 6,319 yards – Par 72
Format: Play 6, count 4 | 54 holes
Schedule of Play:
Saturday, April 14 (36 holes with shotgun start beginning at 8:30 a.m.)
Sunday, April 15 (18 holes with shotgun start beginning at 8:30 a.m.)
*All times local
Field (14 teams): *Golfstat Top 25 Collegiate Rankings listed
Illinois, Indiana, Indianapolis, No. 16 Kent State, Maryland, No. 12 Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Oregon State, Penn State, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Toledo, No. 15 Washington


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

Weather Channel is forecasting rain with temperatures in the mid- to high-60s Saturday and Sunday in Columbus.

Ohio State recorded its third-consecutive Top 5 finish when it finished fifth at the Clemson Invitational at The Reserve at Lake Keowee in Sunset, S.C., March 23-25. Junior Niki Schroeder led the Buckeyes at 4-under to tie for 12th, her best finish since placing 11th at Big Ten Championships last April. A native of Avon Lake, Ohio, Schroeder followed up an opening-round 69 Friday before a 1-under 71 Saturday and an even-par 72 in the final round Sunday. Sophomore Adeena Shears finished right behind her in a tie for 15th at 3-under, matching Schroeder in the final two rounds after an opening-round 70. The tournament marked Shears’ third Top 25 finish of the season.

Junior Jaclyn Lee ranks among the best nationally in multiple categories. The Calgary, Alberta, native has posted the 18th-best average score at 71.43, and is tied for 20th at .17 strokes below par. 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 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.