Four Buckeyes in top 5 heading into final round of play Sunday on Scarlet Course

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Competing under sunny skies but battling gusty winds, the 21st-ranked Ohio State women’s golf team holds the top spot after 36 holes Saturday at its own Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational in Columbus. The Buckeyes built a nine shot lead on their own par 72, 6,275-yard Scarlet Course over Northwestern in second and are 16 strokes ahead of third-place No. 10 Michigan State. 

The third and final round of play will begin with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Admission to The OSU Golf Club is free for spectators.

Ohio State quickly moved into the lead in the first round with a team score of 304, but had a tougher time in the afternoon with a sum of 311. The Wildcats were within striking distance and briefly took the lead in round two, but the Buckeyes took advantage of playing on their home course to regain the lead and increase their margin once again.

Heading into the final round, Kelsey Lindenschmidt of Northwestern sits atop the individual scoreboard at 151, but four Buckeyes are within striking distance.

Just a stroke behind Lindenschmidt is Buckeye freshman Rachel Rohanna. The Waynesburg, Pa., native opened with a 75 and added a 77 in round two to sit in second with a total of 152. She tallied four birdies during the day, with three of them coming on par 3s including twice on No. 13.

[Read about Rohanna and her grandmother, Roseann Schwartz, head coach of Youngstown State]

After a 74 to tie for first at the conclusion of the first round, Susana Benavides added a round of 80 in the afternoon to total 154 and tie for third. The freshman from Cochabamba, Bolivia, leads the field in pars with 25; she opened her first round by making par on her first 10 holes.

Junior In Hong Lim, the defending Lady Buckeye medalist, ended the day tied for fifth at 155. The Melbourne, Australia, native had rounds of 79-76 and her second round included three birdies. Also tying for fifth is senior Emma Jandel with reversed rounds of 76-79. The team captain from Dayton ranks second in the field in pars with 24 after making par on 15 holes in her first round.

Improving by two strokes in the afternoon, sophomore Vicky Villanueva added a 79 to her first-round score of 81 to total 160 and tie for 16th. Freshman Amy Meier rounds out the Buckeye lineup with back-to-back rounds of 81 to tie for 26th.

Competing as an individual, sophomore Nara Shin opened with an 86 but had a complete turnaround in the afternoon with a 74 to jump into a tie for 26th with Meier.

Live scoring for the final round of the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational will be available on   

Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational – Day 1
Scarlet Course, The Ohio State University Golf Club, Columbus, Ohio
Par 72, 6,275 yards

Team Standings                Scores
1.  Ohio State                    304-311-615 (+39)
2.  Northwestern            316-308-624 (+48) 
3.  Michigan State          317-314-631 (+55) 
4.  Iowa State               325-309-634 (+58) 
5.  Indiana                   330-311-641 (+65) 
6.  Kent State               324-318-642 (+66) 
T-7. Wisconsin              326-321-647 (+71) 
T-7. Minnesota              326-321-647 (+71) 
9.  Illinois                     329-332-661 (+85) 
10. Iowa                       333-329-662 (+86) 
11. Penn State              338-336-674 (+98) 
12. Youngstown State    346-331-677 (+101) 

Ohio State Results            Scores   
2.  Rachel Rohanna        75-77-152 (+8)
T-3. Susana Benavides   74-80-154 (+10)
T-5. In Hong Lim           79-76-155 (+11)
T-5. Emma Jandel          76-79-155 (+11)
T-16. Vicky Villanueva    81-79-160 (+16)
T-26. Amy Meier            81-81-162 (+18)
T-26. Nara Shin (Ind.)    86-76-162 (+18)