COLUMBUS, Ohio – Caley McGinty, a transfer from Oklahoma State, has joined the Ohio State women’s golf program, Lisa Strom, head coach of the Buckeyes, announced Wednesday.
“To say we’re excited to have Caley join the Buckeye family is an understatement,” Strom, now in her second season with the Buckeyes, said. “I know who she is as a person and player, and the impact she will have on our team will be extraordinary.
“Her work ethic and desire to be her very best is contagious,” Strom said. “I look forward to being alongside her journey again.
“Over the past three years, I’ve seen her go from 460th to No. 9 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. That doesn’t happen overnight. It is commitment to the process, doing what you say you’re going to do, and putting in the work. Caley does all of those things at an elite level. Having her join our program will raise the standards. We’re building a national championship contending culture and Caley is a big piece of that puzzle. With the roster we have returning in August, Ohio State Women’s Golf is primed to do big things.”
Strom coached McGinty for two years at Kent State from 2019-21 before Strom was hired as Ohio State’s head coach and McGinty elected to transfer to Oklahoma State.
McGinty said familiarity with Strom played a role in the move to Columbus.
“I am proud and excited to be a Buckeye,” McGinty said. “Ohio State is a place that feels like home and I’ll be surrounded by people that feel like family already. I am looking forward to being coached by Coach Strom again. She understands me, my game, and knows exactly how to push her players to be better.
“With the support of the staff, great team culture and world class facilities, I couldn’t think of anywhere better to call home for the next two years and beyond.”
McGinty was listed by Golfweek as the nation’s No. 31 player after sweeping the 2021 MAC Player and Freshman of the Year awards and winning the 2021 MAC Tournament individual and team championships.
Last fall, The Bristol, England native, carried a World Amateur Golf Ranking of 59 (she is currently ranked ninth in the WAGR) and a career scoring average of 71.65 thanks to a resume that included three individual event wins in 2021. Also in 2021, McGinty finished with a scoring average of 72.26 and posted 17 rounds at par-or-better with five rounds in the 60’s. Additionally, she led the nation in final-round scoring average at 68.86.
McGinty earned second-team All-American honors from the Women’s Golf Coaches Association in 2021. In 2020, she was a member of the WGCA All-America honorable mention list.
As a sophomore with the Flashes, she also won the Sunshine Shootout, a dual vs. Michigan State, in February of 2021 with a score of even-par 216. She followed up that win with another in late March at the Clemson Invitational where she shot a 10-under 206 to claim individual honors over a 92-player field.
The only player under par at the 2021 MAC Championship, McGinty recorded a five-stroke win, and then finished second at the NCAA Columbus Regional.
McGinty has participated in dozens of international competitions over the last several years, including a third-place finish at the English Women’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship and Top-35 finishes at the English Women’s Amateur and the European Ladies Amateur. Most recently she represented Great Britain/Ireland in the 2022 Curtis Cup vs. the United States.
She is a member of Team England Golf and has represented the squad at the European Ladies Team Championship and R&A Home Internationals.
At Oklahoma State, McGinty played in five events, averaging a 68.58 stroke average over 12 total rounds. She posted four Top 5 finishes and was among the Top 20 individually in all five.
Nine rounds were in the 60s including a stretch of six-consecutive scores below 70 to win individual titles in back-to-back events. She was the medalist in both The Schooner Fall Classic and the Jim West Challenge last fall.