Sept. 16, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team tees off the fall season at the 2012 Branch Law Firm Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., Sept. 17-18. Hosted by the University of New Mexico, the Buckeyes will compete in the two-day event featuring 54 holes on the par 73, 6,176 yard Championship Golf Course.
Live results will be available at Golfstat.com. Buckeye fans can also follow along at OhioStateBuckeyes.com as well as on Twitter: @OhioState_WGOLF.
Name: 2012 Branch Law Firm Dick McGuire Invitational
Course: The Championship Golf Course (par 73, 6,176 yards)
Field (17 teams):
San Diego State
THE BUCKEYE LINEUP
Highlighting the Ohio State lineup are the team’s three seniors in Rachel Rohanna, Amy Meier and Susana Benavides. Junior Allison Harper, an Upper Arlington product who transferred from Marshall, also secured a spot in this week’s lineup. Sophomore Jan Chanpalangsri rounds out the five-person squad.
ABOUT THE BRANCH LAW FIRM DICK MCGUIRE TOURNAMENT
This year marks the 33rd annual Branch Law Firm Dick McGuire Tournament. The 2011 reigning champion team, Baylor, as well as the 2011 individual champion, junior Sofia Hoglund from the University of New Mexico, returns to compete this year.
Senior Rachel Rohanna finished the first stage of LPGA Qualifying tied for 12th, enabling her to advance to the second stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament. She opened the first round with a 7-under 65 and followed with scores of 75, 71 and 72 to finish with at a 283.
Earlier this summer, Rohanna clinched one of two qualifying spots to compete in the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic at the Highlands Meadow Golf Course in Sylvania, Ohio. Featuring top LPGA talent, Rohanna was tied for 14th after round one and notched six birdies over 36 holes during the event. She finished the event with a 1-over total of 143 and just missed the cut.
Sophomore Sheridan Balyeat, a Lima, Ohio, product, captured her hometown’s Women’s City Golf Tournament title in the championship flight after a 1-up victory through 19 holes.
Last season, the squad came in 22nd at the 2012 NCAA Championship and finished with an overall record of 143-49-2. The Buckeyes posted a pair of first-place finishes, coming at the Hurricane Invitational and the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational on their home turf. Rachel Rohanna captured the individual title at the Lady Buckeye. The team brings back six from last year’s squad.
Rohanna, of Waynesburg, Pa., concluded the 2011-12 season as the team’s top player, recording a 74.34 stroke average with seven rounds under par. She was named to the NCAA All-Region team after finishing seventh at the 2012 NCAA Central Regional tournament. Rohanna picked up the first individual title of her career, winning the Lady Buckeye with a 4-under 212 at the Scarlet Course.
Meier was named to the All-Big Ten first team after finishing with a 75.10 stroke average, which was third-best on the squad. The Rochester Hills, Mich., product led the team in three tournaments this year.
Benavides had the team’s fourth-best average at the end of last season, notching a 76.43 average over 41 rounds played. The Cochabamba, Bolivia, native was the team’s top finisher at the Windy City Collegiate Championship, coming in sixth with a 1-over 217. That mark was a career-best score for Benavides.
The Buckeyes will travel to Chicago, Ill., to compete in the Windy City Collegiate, Oct. 1-2.