COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team travels to Cle Elum, Wash., for an NCAA Regional starting Monday at Tumble Creek Golf Club.
Each of the four regional championships will include a 54-hole competition with the six lowest-scoring teams and top three individuals from non-advancing teams advancing to finals competition hosted by the University of Arkansas May 17-22 at The Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark.
Name: NCAA Cle Elum Regional
Live Scoring: Golfstat.com
Course: Tumble Creek Golf Club (Cle Elum, Wash.)
Yardage: 6,306 yards – Par 72
Format: Play 5, count 4
Schedule of Play:
Monday, May 6
Tuesday, May 7
Wednesday, May 8
*All times local
Field (18 teams): No. 1 USC, No. 8 Arkansas, No. 9 South Carolina, No. 16 Northwestern, No. 19 Washington, No. 23 Miami, Oregon, San Jose State, Oregon State, Old Dominion, Iowa State, San Diego State, UCF, Ohio State, Sacramento State, New Mexico State, Boston University, Southern Illinois
Weather Channel is forecasting mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-70’s Monday through Thursday in Cle Elum.
OHIO STATE IN NCAA REGIONALS
The 2019 season marks the 25th-consecutive season Ohio State has advanced to NCAA Regional play. The Buckeyes have won NCAA Regional championships in 1996-97 and 2004-05 while advancing to the NCAA Championships 22 times.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State made a charge on the back nine to earn the 18th Big Ten championship in program history April 22 at TPC River’s Bend. Senior Niki Schroeder fired a bogey-free career-low 6-under par 66 in the final round to earn co-medalist honors, marking the 15th time a Buckeye has been crowned a Big Ten medalist. Schroeder tied Purdue’s Melati Putri with a two-round total of 138 at the rain-shortened Championships.
At 1-under for the tournament, the Buckeyes won by three strokes over Illinois, Indiana and Purdue, earning the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championships.
The Big Ten championship is the 11th for the Buckeyes under the direction of head coach and director of golf Therese Hession, extending her conference record. Schroeder’s 66 in the final round was one stroke back of the lowest individual round at the Big Ten Championships, just behind Michigan’s Ashley Bauer in 2010 and Wisconsin’s Brooke Ferrell in 2016. The Avon Lake, Ohio, native tied for best in the field on the par-5’s at 5-under while tying for second best in par-4 scoring at 2-under. Schroeder also tied for most birdies with 10.
SEUMANUTAFA NAMED BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Aneka Seumanutafa was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, the conference office announced April 23. Seumanutafa is the Buckeyes’ ninth Big Ten Freshman of the Year and first since Jessica Porvasnik in 2014.
Seumanutafa, from Emmitsburg, Md., was the winner of the Mary Fossum award by leading the Big Ten, in addition to ranking 11th nationally, with a 71.7 scoring average while her par-4 scoring average of 4.05 ranks 14th nationally. In seven events since arriving in Columbus in January, Seumanutafa has placed in the Top 25 in each of them, earning four Top 10 finishes and three in the Top 5 while winning the Westbrook Spring Invitational in late-February. Named Big Ten Golfer of the Week twice this spring, Seumanutafa is one of 15 players nationally to record a 64 or better this season when she shot 6-under par in the second round of the Lady Gator Invitational March 9. Out of 20 total rounds this spring, 19.5 have counted toward the team total while six have been in the 60’s and seven have been under-par.
HESSION ENTERING 28TH SEASON
Buckeye head coach Therese Hession is entering her 28th season in Columbus. Hession, a seven-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, has led the Buckeyes to 26 NCAA Regionals, 17 NCAA Championships appearances and 11 Big Ten championships in her 28 seasons.
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.