COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team will head to Gainesville, Fla., to compete at the SunTrust Gator Women’s Golf Invitational Sunday and Monday. Featuring 17 teams from around the country, the two-day, 54-hole event will take place on the par 70, 6,002-yard Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida.
The tournament will commence with 36 holes Sunday beginning with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The third and final round will take place Monday with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.
Name: SunTrust Gator Women’s Golf Invitational
Course: Mark Bostick Golf Course (par 70, 6,002 yards)
Field: 17 teams (Golfweek rankings)
Coastal Carolina (45)
Florida State (35)
Georgia State University
Iowa State (16)
Kent State (34)
Ohio State (29)
Texas Tech (50)
Sunday, March 6: 36 holes (8 a.m. shotgun start)
Monday, March 7: 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.
Student-athletes representing Ohio State in Florida include senior In Hong Lim, junior Vicky Villanueva and sophomores Rachel Rohanna, Amy Meier and Susana Benavides. Competing as an individual, junior Nara Shin will also tee off for the Buckeyes.
The tournament will mark the seventh-competitive event of the season for Lim, Villanueva, Rohanna and Meier, the sixth for Benavides and the second for Shin.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
Of the teams competing at the SunTrust Gator Women’s Golf Invitational, the Buckeyes have previously faced Arkansas, Chattanooga, Colorado, Florida State, Florida, Georgia State, Iowa State, Kent State, Missouri, Texas Tech and UNC-Greensboro. The Buckeyes fared better than all teams at least once in the season with the exception of Florida.
A LOOK AT THE LINKS
Bordering the northwest corner of the University of Florida’s Gainesville campus, the Mark Bostick Golf Course was designed by architect Donald Ross during the 1920s. Posting a slope of 129 and a course rating of 72.2, the par 70, 6,002-yard course underwent a $4 million renovation in 2001. Situated on 110 acres of rolling terrain, the course is heavily tree-lined for an added challenge.
In the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings released Feb. 28, Ohio State was tabbed as the No. 29 team in the country. In the individual ratings, sophomore Rachel Rohanna is the 82nd individual in the nation.
The SunTrust Gator Women’s Golf Invitational will feature 10 teams in the Top 50 and five in the Top 30. Iowa State is the top squad competing with a No. 16 rating, while Kelli Shean of Arkansas is the highest-ranked individual sitting in the No. 27 slot.
With a 70 percent chance of showers, the www.weather.com golf index is “fair” for Sunday. However, the weather is expected to improve as Monday has earned a rating of “excellent” with partly cloudy skies and highs in the 70s.
CENTRAL DISTRICT RECAP
Carding a team score of 895 at the par 72, 6,099-yard River Wilderness Golf Club, the Buckeyes concluded the Central District Invitational (Feb. 21-22) in seventh-place. Leading Ohio State was sophomore Rachel Rohanna who finished the event with a score of 5-over 221 to tie for 15th. Also in the Top 20 was junior Vicky Villanueva who tied for 19th at 223.
AYE, AYE CAPTAIN
Before concluding its fall slate, Ohio State elected sophomore Rachel Rohanna and senior In Hong Lim as its captains for the 2010-11 season. The pair was the only two Buckeyes to compete in all 34 rounds of play last year.
Lim, a native of Melbourne, Australia, is the lone senior on the squad this year. In her time at Ohio State, she has competed in 102 rounds and currently posts a stroke average of 75.76 after six events this season.
In only her second season with the Buckeyes, Rohanna, of Waynesburg, Pa., has seen action in 51 rounds. After participating in six events this season, she posts the lowest stroke average on the team at 74.41 Rohanna opened the 2010-11 season with a second place finish at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational with a career-low total of 7-under 212.
BUCKEYES PAST AND PRESENT
Coming out of a three-month break, the Buckeyes had an opportunity to dust off some of the cobwebs with an alumni match-up Feb. 6 in West Palm Beach, Fla. Buckeyes making the trip included sophomores Amy Meier, Rachel Rohanna and Susanna Benavides and junior Vicky Villanueva. On the alumni side, Meg Mallon, Allison Hanna and Lisa Strom represented Ohio State, while Beth Daniel showcased her talents for Furman University.
Playing a best ball format, each current Buckeye had the opportunity to play with two different alumna at the par 72, 6,129-yard Wanderers Club.
The Buckeyes didn’t waste any time getting back into the swing of things when they opened the 2010-11 season Sept. 17-18 with a runner-up finish at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational. Totaling 883 on the par 73, 6,187-yard University of New Mexico Championship Course in Albuquerque, the Buckeyes were led by sophomore co-captain Rachel Rohanna who concluded the tournament in second at 7-under 212.
In their second outing of the fall slate, the Buckeyes concluded the William K. Warren Irish Invitational (Oct. 2-3) in third. Ohio State battled rain and cold for a score of 921 on the par 72, 6,079-yard Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind. Leading Ohio State was senior co-captain In Hong Lim who concluded the event tied for eighth, followed by junior Vicky Villanueva who finished in a tie for 21st.
Previewing their Big Ten course and competition, Ohio State also finished third at the Lady Northern Invitational. Held Oct. 11-12 on the par 72, 6,303-yard Lake Shore Country Club in Chicago, Ill., the Buckeyes posted a team score of 883. Lim collected the fourth Top 5 finish of her career with a career-low 54-hole score of 215 (-1).
The Buckeyes wrapped fall play in ninth at the Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, N.C. The Buckeyes fired a team score of 908 at the par 72, 6,242-yard Country Club at Landfall led by Rohanna who tied for ninth at 221.
After wrapping play at the SunTrust Gator Women’s Golf Invitational, the Buckeyes will conclude their March slate at the Bryan National Collegiate (March 25-27). In April, the Buckeyes will tee off at the Liz Murphey Invitational (April 1-3) before returning home to defend the crown of their own Lady Buckeye Invitational (April 16-17).
The Big Ten Championships (April 22-24) will mark the start of postseason play for Ohio State who will look to secure its 17th-consecutive NCAA regional appearance.
The Buckeyes are led by sophomore co-captain Rachel Rohanna who currently posts a stroke-average of 74.41 after 17 rounds. Competing in six events, the Waynesburg, Pa., native has carded four rounds under par so far this season. Close behind is fellow co-captain senior In Hong Lim who has tallied an average of 75.76 after six events.
HESSION SIGNS TWO
After wrapping the fall slate, head coach Therese Hession signed two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. The Buckeyes will welcome Kendall Prince and Chantakan Chanpalangsri for the 2011-12 season.
Prince is from Lake Oswego, Oregon, where she attends Lakeridge High School. She is 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 attends 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.
The 2010-11 season marks the 20th 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, 11 NCAA championship appearances and 16-consecutive NCAA regional appearances. Hession is an NGCA Hall of Famer and six-time Big Ten Coach of the Year.
The Buckeyes will take a break for finals, before spending their spring break in Greensboro, N.C., for the Bryan National Collegiate March 25-27.