January 24, 2023

Title IX: Kratzert Sets the Standard for Women’s Golf

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Cathy Kratzert set a standard of success for the Ohio State women’s golf program, becoming the first Buckeye women’s golfer to win two individual Big Ten titles.

Kratzert won individual Big Ten titles in both 1982 and 1983. She also helped the Buckeyes to a Big Ten team championship in 1983.

Kratzert is tied for second in conference history in Big Ten titles won and she is just one of three Buckeyes (Cheryl Stacy, Mollie Frankhauser) to be a Big Ten medalist twice.

Kratzert earned Second Team All-American honors in 1983 and was named the Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year that same year. She was also a three-time OSU Scholar Athlete (1981-83).

Kratzert went on to compete on the LPGA Tour. She won three events in 1990 and was on the 1990 Solheim Cup team.

Kratzert, now Cathy Gerring, had her professional career cut short after suffering severe burns at an LPGA event in 1992, although she did make a brief return, qualifying for the 1996 US Open.

Kratzert was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997.