May 5, 2018

Buckeyes Travel to Madison for NCAA Regional


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team travels to Wisconsin for an NCAA Regional starting Monday at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison. The Buckeyes earned the No. 11 seed in the 18-team Regional and will tee off in the opening round at 9:45 a.m. ET Monday.

From regional competition, six teams and the top three individuals from non-advancing teams will advance to the national championships to be played May 18-23, hosted by Oklahoma State University, at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Name: NCAA Regional
Live Scoring:
Course: University Ridge Golf Course (Madison, Wis.)
Yardage: 6,313 yards – Par 72
Format: Play 5, count 4 | 54 holes
Schedule of Play:
Monday, May 7 (18 holes with tee times beginning at 9 a.m. ET)
Tuesday, May 8 (18 holes with tee times beginning at 9 a.m. ET)
Wednesday, May 9 (18 holes with tee times beginning at 9 a.m. ET)
*All times local
Field (18 teams): *Golfstat Top 25 Collegiate Rankings listed
No. 12 Arizona State, Campbell, No. 4 Duke, Idaho, No. 20 Illinois, Iowa State, IUPUI, Murray State, North Dakota State, No. 13 Northwestern, Notre Dame, Old Dominion, Ohio State, Oregon State, No. 23 Purdue, No. 6 Southern California, Virginia, Wisconsin


  1. Jaclyn Lee | Jr.
  2. Alex Wright | So
  3. Niki Schroeder | Jr.
  4. Adeena Shears | So.
  5. Rio Watanabe | Sr.

Weather Channel is forecasting partly cloudy skies Monday through Wednesday with highs in the low 70s.

The Buckeyes are coming off of a tie for fourth at the Big Ten Championships April 20-22 at TPC River’s Bend in Maineville, Ohio. Junior Jaclyn Lee garnered individual medalist honors at 9-under par, winning by four strokes over the next-closest competitors.

The 2018 season marks the 24th-consecutive season the Buckeyes have advanced to NCAA play and the 25th time in 27 seasons under the direction of head coach Therese Hession.

Junior Jaclyn Lee ranks among the best nationally in multiple categories. The Calgary, Alberta, native has posted the 15th-best average score at 71.36. 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 fifth nationally in par-3 scoring with a 2.98 stroke average and 21st in par-5 scoring with a 4.73 stroke average. Lee is tied for fifth nationally with six eagles and tied for 12th with 102 birdies.

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 25 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.