COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2020 edition of the Big Ten Women’s Golf Championships was set to tee off Friday at TPC River’s Bend in Maineville, Ohio, but the COVID-19 pandemic brought an abrupt end to the Ohio State women’s golf season and all NCAA sports last month. However, OhioStateBuckeyes.com is taking a look back at the program’s 18th Big Ten championship, won last season at the course just outside of Cincinnati.
Senior Niki Schroeder fired a bogey-free career-low 6-under par 66 in the final round to earn co-medalist honors, marking the 15th time a Buckeye had been crowned a Big Ten medalist. Schroeder tied Purdue’s Melati Putri with a two-round total of 138 at the rain-shortened Championships.
At 1-under for the tournament, the Buckeyes won by three strokes over Illinois, Indiana and Purdue, earning the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championships.
The Big Ten championship marked the 11th for the Buckeyes under the direction of head coach and director of golf Therese Hession, extending her conference record. With the automatic bid to NCAA Regionals, Hession will led the Buckeyes to Regional play for the 25th-consecutive time and 26th occasion in 28 years coaching Ohio State.
“This would be one of the most unlikely championships,” Hession said after the Championships. “I knew in my heart we had it in us but we had to put it all together. It’s ironic how the week worked with Jack (Nicklaus) coming in and talking to the team about how to win before we came out and did this over the weekend. We stuck to the game plan and minimized our mistakes. I’m so proud of this team.”
Schroeder’s 66 in the final round was one stroke back of the lowest individual round at the Big Ten Championships, just behind Michigan’s Ashley Bauer in 2010 and Wisconsin’s Brooke Ferrell in 2016. The Avon Lake, Ohio, native tied for best in the field on the par-5’s at 5-under while tying for second best in par-4 scoring at 2-under. Schroeder also tied for most birdies with 10.
“This is really special,” Schroeder said. “I was focused on playing well for the team and we all knew what we had to do to be successful this weekend. It’s been a crazy year. It has tested me personally being a senior on this team but it was all worth it after being able to walk off that green knowing what we accomplished.”
1st Team 294-281-575 (-1)
T-1st– Niki Schroeder 72-66-138 (-6)
T-5th – Aneka Seumanutafa 73-69 (-2)
T-24th – Skylar Thompson 76-72-148 (+4)
T-33rd – Lauren Peter 73-76-149 (+5)
T-56th –Yukie Sasaki 79-74-153 (+9)
T-69th – Adeena Shears 81-75-156 (+12)