May 21, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 20 Ohio State women’s golf team will close the 2011-12 season by competing at the 2012 NCAA Championship in Franklin, Tenn., May 22-25. Hosted by Vanderbilt University, the four-day, 72-hole tournament will take place at the par 72, 6,377/6,264-yard Vanderbilt Legends Golf Club and will feature 20 teams in the top 25 of the rankings.
The Buckeyes will begin play Tuesday with an 8:36 a.m. tee time off the No. 1 tee, and will begin the second round off the No. 10 tee Wednesday at 12:59 p.m. Pairings for rounds three and four will be determined by team placements, with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Name: 2012 NCAA Championship
Course: Vanderbilt Legends Golf Club – par 72, 6,377/6,264yards
Field: 24 team (Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)
Southern Cal (3)
Arizona State (4)
North Carolina (6)
Texas A&M (16)
South Carolina (19)
Ohio State (20)
Michigan State (21)
North Carolina State (24)
Kelsey Vines (Oklahoma State)
Margarita Ramos (Arizona)
Maria Salinas (Florida State)
Rocio Sanchez Lobato (Georgia)
Kimberly Kaufman (Texas Tech)
Gabriella Dominguez (Texas Tech)
Tuesday, May 22: tee times begin at 7:30 a.m.
Wednesday, May 23: tee times begin at 7:30 a.m.
Thursday, May 24: tee times begin at 7:30 a.m.
Friday, May 25: tee times begin at 7:30 a.m.
KEEPING AN EYE ON THINGS
Live scoring for the tournament will be available at www.golfstat.com . The Buckeyes are also on Twitter at twitter.com/OhioState_WGolf and Facebook at facebook.com/OhioStateWomensGolf.
HOW IT WORKS
The 2012 NCAA Championship will feature the top eight teams from the east, west and central regional tournaments. Unlike previous events, the national tournament will consist of four rounds for a 72-hole total.
Buckeyes traveling to Tennessee will be freshmen Jan Chanpalangsri and Claudia Lim and juniors Rachel Rohanna, Susana Benavides and Amy Meier. Combined, the five Buckeyes making the trip have competed in 158 rounds and post a team stroke average of 76.03.
In the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings released May 13, the Buckeyes dropped one position into the No. 20 slot. The Buckeyes will be joined in the top 20 by South Carolina (19), Texas A&M (16), Alabama (2), Florida (12), Arizona State (4), Duke (8), Southern California (3), Vanderbilt (9), Tennessee (15), UCLA (1), Colorado (10), Baylor (17) and North Carolina (6). In the individual poll, junior Rachel Rohanna is the No. 63 player in nation, followed by junior captain Amy Meier who is No. 67.
The Buckeyes have secured a No. 20 spot in the latest Golf World/NGCA Division I College Women’s Coaches’ Poll and are No. 16 in the golfstat.com NCAA Head-to-Head rankings.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
Of the 23 other teams competing, the Buckeyes have faced all with the exception of Texas A&M, Alabama and Stanford. Ohio State, which posts an overall record of 141-28-2, is 22-19-1 against teams competing at nationals.
In addition the No. 20 Buckeyes there will be 19 teams from the top 20 of the latest rankings, including the top 5 teams in the country found in No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 USC, No. 4 ASU and No. 5 LSU.
The Ohio State women’s golf team secured a spot at nationals with a sixth-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Central Regional. The Buckeyes totaled 908 en route to their top 8 finish on the par 72, 6,264-yard Scarlet Course in Columbus.
Southern Cal took the tournament’s top team spot, carding a three-day score of 10-over 874. USC’s Lisa McCloskey and Florida State’s Maria Salinas finished on top of the player leaderboard as each concluded with a 3-under 213.
OHIO STATE AT NATIONALS
The 2012 NCAA Championship will mark the 13th national appearance for the Buckeyes under head coach Therese Hession. At the 2011 edition of the tournament, the Buckeyes finished in 21st led by senior Vicky Villanueva who carded a 298 to finish in a tie for 32nd on the par 72, 6,260-yard Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas.
The Buckeyes’ best finish at the national tournament came in 2003 when the Scarlet and Gray finished fourth.
A LOOK AT THE LEAGUES
Joined by Purdue and Michigan State, there will be three teams representing the Big Ten at the NCAA Championship. Leading the charge with seven teams participating is the SEC, following by the Pac 12 with five. The ACC and Big 12 will each post four teams apiece.
Kendall Prince of the Ohio State women’s golf team was named the 2012 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, the conference announced May 1. Juniors Rachel Rohanna and Amy Meier were placed on the All-Big Ten first team, while Prince and junior Susana Benavides earned second team accolades.
Prince is the seventh Buckeye to earn the award and second in the last four years, joining teammate Vicky Villanueva who won it in 2009. The Lake Oswego, Oregon, product finished the regular season with a 74.44 Golfweek/Sagarin rating, good for seventh in the conference. She has been the top Buckeye finisher in three tournaments this season and has recorded three finishes in the top 5, including a third place finish at this year’s Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational.
The honor is the second first-team recognition for Rohanna, who was placed on the team in 2010. The Waynesburg, Pa., product also earned second team honors last year. Rohanna led the squad to a third-place finish at the 2012 Big Ten Championships, finishing tied for third with a 2-over 218. She has led the squad in the last four tournaments, including a first-place finish at the Lady Buckeye.
Meier, the team captain from Rochester Hills, Mich., led the Buckeyes in three tournaments this year and has placed in the top 10 five times. The honor is the first of her career. Meier also earned Ohio State’s Sportsmanship Award.
The conference honor is also the first for Benavides. The Cochabamba, Bolivia, native has tallied three top 10 finishes for Ohio State this year, including a sixth-place finish at the Windy City Collegiate this past fall.
Opened in 1992, the two championship courses found at the Vanderbilt Legends Golf Club were co-designed by Hall of Fame golfer Tom Kite and course architect Bob Cupp. In addition to serving as the home of the Vanderbilt golf teams, the club has also played host to LPGA tournaments, a U.S. Senior Open Qualifier and the U.S. Girls Junior Championship.
The Buckeyes are led in stroke average by junior Rachel Rohanna who posts a mark of 74.47 after 34 rounds. Close behind is junior captain Amy Meier who has compiled an average of 74.97 through 37 rounds of play.
With highs in the 80s and lows in the mid-60s, there is a 40 percent chance of rain for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. There is a zero percent chance of rain Friday, with a high of 91 and sunny skies.
The 2011-12 season marks the 21st year the Buckeyes are led by head coach . 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, 13 NCAA championship appearances and 18-consecutive NCAA regional appearances. Hession is an NGCA Hall of Famer and six-time Big Ten Coach of the Year.