Buckeyes hang with another tough field as rookie Amy Meier leads team with final round of 70

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Among another tough field this week at the Central District Invitational, the 24th-ranked Ohio State women’s golf team battled to post their second-consecutive top 5 finish, moving up to tie for fifth Tuesday with a total of 898 (+34). The Buckeyes shaved 10 strokes off their second round score with a final round of 5-over 293 and tied with No. 16 Texas A&M and No. 18 LSU. The two-day, 54-hole tournament was held on the par 72, 6,099-yard River Wilderness Golf Club in Parrish, Fla.

The Big Ten had a strong showing in the final standings, with Michigan State in front of the Buckeyes by three strokes and Purdue finishing third at 889. Florida ran away with the tournament, winning by 29 strokes at 7-under 857. Sisters Isabelle and Marika Lendl tied for medalist honors for the Gators.

Leading the Buckeyes in the final round was Amy Meier, who fired the low round of the event for Ohio State with a 70. The freshman from Rochester Hills, Mich., was 2-over through her first 10 holes, but then caught fire and had four birdies in a span on five holes to close her round under par. Combined with her two rounds of 76 Monday, Meier tied for 14th at 222.

Also in 14th was In Hong Lim. The junior from Melbourne, Australia, carded her second score of 73 in the event, starting the round off with a bang with an eagle on the par 5 hole No. 8. For the tournament, Lim made par on 40 holes.

Senior Emma Jandel continued to improve with every round, finishing with a 74. The team captain from Dayton, Ohio, had an up-and-down day, with birdies on three holes to five bogeys. She tied for 27th with a total of 226.

Carding final rounds of 76 each, freshmen Susana Benavides and Rachel Rohanna rounded out the Buckeye lineup. Benavides finished tied for 39th at 229, while Rohanna tied for 57th at 233.

Up next, Ohio State has a quick turnaround with a trip to Valdosta, Ga., to compete in the UK-KSU Invitational, March 1-2.

Central District Invitational – Final
River Wilderness Golf Club, Parrish, Fla.
Par 72, 6,099 yards

Team Standings Scores
1. Florida  290-281-286-857 (-7)
2. TCU   295-296-295-886 (+22)
3. Purdue  295-303-291-889 (+25)
4. Michigan State 294-313-288-895 (+31)
T-5. Ohio State  302-303-293-898 (+34)
T-5. LSU  295-303-300-898 (+34)
T-5. Texas A&M  295-308-295-898 (+34)
8. Arkansas  303-293-304-900 (+36)
9. Kent State  306-299-299-904 (+40)
10. Texas  304-302-300-906 (+42)
T-11. South Carolina 301-309-305-915 (+51)
T-11. Northwestern 302-310-303-915 (+51)
13. Missouri  306-309-304-919 (+55)
14. Notre Dame  310-308-303-921 (+57)
15. Michigan  320-299-304-923 (+59)

Ohio State Results Scores
T-14. Amy Meier 76-76-70-222 (+6)
T-14. In Hong Lim 73-76-73-222 (+6)
T-27. Emma Jandel 77-75-74-226 (+10)
T-39. Susana Benavides 77-76-76-229 (+13)
T-57. Rachel Rohanna 76-81-76-233 (+17)