COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team opens postseason play when it travels to Maineville, Ohio, for Big Ten Championships starting Friday at TPC River’s Bend. Play begins with tee times at 8:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday before final-round tee times at 8 a.m. Sunday.
Name: Big Ten Championships
Live Scoring: Golfstat.com
Course: TPC River’s Bend (Maineville, Ohio)
Yardage: 6,357 yards – Par 72
Format: Play 6, count 4
Schedule of Play:
Friday, April 19 (18 holes with tee times at 8:30 a.m.)
Saturday, April 20 (18 holes with tee times at 8:30 a.m.)
Sunday, April 21 (18 holes with tee times at 8 a.m.)
*All times local
Field (14 teams): Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, No. 19 Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, No. 16 Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers, Wisconsin
Weather Channel is forecasting rain and temperatures in the low-50’s Friday and Saturday before clearing for mostly sunny skies and a high of 73 Sunday.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Ohio State will be participating in its 46th Big Ten Championships (the Big Ten Conference does not officially recognize championships prior to 1982). The Buckeyes have been crowned team champions 17 times, most recently when Ohio State was co-champion from 2014-2016. Last season, Jaclyn Lee became the Buckeyes’ 14th individual medalist at Big Ten Championships when she tied the Big Ten’s low 54-hole scoring record at the Championships at 207.
SEUMANUTAFA STARTING STRONG
With six collegiate tournaments under her belt, freshman Aneka Seumanutafa is off to a strong start to her Ohio State career. Named Big Ten Golfer of the Week Feb. 27 and March 13, Seumanutafa followed a tie for 23rd finish in her first tournament at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge with a victory at the Westbrook Spring Invitational, an eighth-place finish at the Lady Gator Invitational and a second-place standing at the Tar Heel Classic.
The Emmitsburg, Md., native who has finished in the Top 25 in all six events, leads the Buckeyes with a 71.8 scoring average. Seumanutafa, one of 15 players nationally to record a 64 or better this season when she shot 6-under par in the second four at the Lady Gator Invitational March 9, has the 16th-best scoring average nationally and her 4.05 scoring average on par-4’s is 19th nationally.
HESSION ENTERING 28TH SEASON
Buckeye head coach Therese Hession is entering her 28th season in Columbus. Hession has led the Buckeyes to 25 NCAA Regionals, 17 NCAA Championships appearances and 10 Big Ten championships in her 28 seasons. The seven-time Big Ten Coach of the Year guided the Buckeyes to another NCAA appearance last season.
This past June after completing her 27th season as the head coach of the Ohio State women’s golf team, Hession was promoted to director of golf for both the men’s and women’s programs.
In addition, Stacy Snider enters her third season as an assistant on the Ohio State coaching staff. Snider, who has five years of Division I head coaching experience, was a two-time All-Big Ten selection at Michigan State (2001, 2002) and former professional golfer.