Ohio State coming off stellar 10-stroke victory at Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational

COLUMBUS, Ohio Coming off its first tournament victory since 2005, the Ohio State women’s golf team will be in the hunt for its15th conference title at the 2009 Big Ten Championships, April 24-26 in West Lafayette, Ind. The three-day, 72-hole event will be played on Purdue’s par 72, 6,333-yard Kampen Course.
    The championships are set to begin Friday with 8 a.m. tee times, with the second round to follow immediately after. The third round will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. and the final 18 holes will begin Sunday at 8 a.m.

Name: 2009 Big Ten Championships
Course: Kampen Course (par 72, 6,333 yards)
Field: 11 teams (Golfweek/Sagarin rankings) Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan (50), Michigan State (20), Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State (25), Penn State, Purdue (11) and Wisconsin.
Friday, April 24: 36 holes (8 a.m., 12:30 p.m. tee times)
Saturday, April 25: 18 holes (9 a.m. tee times)
Sunday, April 26: 18 holes (8 a.m. tee times)

     Live scoring for the tournament will be available at A link to the tournament will also be available at the Ohio State women’s golf schedule page on

     Buckeyes beginning their post season slate this weekend include senior co-captain Gemma Webster, senior Jessica Hauser, junior co-captain Emma Jandel, sophomore In Hong Lim and freshmen Vicky Villanueva and Nara Shin.
     Of the student athletes making the trip, all previously competed at the Lady Northern Invitational which previewed both the Big Ten course and field. Besides the two freshmen, the other four all competed in 2008 conference championships.

     The 2009 Big Ten Championships will be composed of four rounds played over three days for a total 72 holes. With 36 holes being played on day one, rounds two and three will each consist of 18 holes. This is the first and only 72-hole tournament that the Buckeyes will play this season.
     With six golfers competing from each school, the lowest four scores will be used in determining the team’s total score for each round.

      Composed of bent-grass greens, fairways and tees, the Boilermaker’s par 72, 6,333-yard Kampen Course is well known in collegiate golf. In addition to the 2009 Big Ten Championships, the 18-hole link-style championship course has previously hosted both the men’s and women’s NCAA championships.
      Redesigned by course architect Pete Dye in 1998, the Kampen course features strategically placed waste bunkers, man-made wetlands, native grasslands and large greens.

     After winning its own Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational last weekend, Ohio State jumped five spots in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings to sit in the 25th position. Heading into the Big Ten championships, the Buckeyes have been ranked in the Top 30 for nine-consecutive weeks. Individually, sophomore In Hong Lim leads the Buckeyes in the rankings at 62nd.
     In addition to the No. 25 Buckeyes, host Purdue (11) and Michigan State (20) are also ranked in the Top 25 of the ratings released this week. The next highest ranked Big Ten team is Michigan at No. 50.
     The ratings is a mathematical system which uses factors such as schedule strength, records, number of events played, power rating, and schedule ranking to determine the position of each team.

     Competing on their par 72, 6,228-yard Scarlet Course, the Buckeyes won their own Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational, April 18-19. Ohio State’s victory at home was their first tournament win since 2005. Carding a season-low 54-hole team score of 895 (+31), the Buckeyes won the tournament by 10 strokes after leading the field through all three rounds. 
     Also maintaining her lead throughout the tournament was sophomore In Hong Lim. After opening the tournament with a career-low round of 4-under 68, Lim fired rounds of 74-75 to total 219 (+1) and win by a stroke. Lim is the first Buckeye to medal since Kristen White won the Big Ten crown in 2005, and the first OSU golfer to win the Lady Buckeye since Lindsay Knowlton also in 2005. 

    Sophomore In Hong Lim was named Big Ten Golfer of the Week, the conference announced Wednesday. The Melbourne, Australia, native is the first Buckeye to earn the award this season.

     Joining In Hong Lim in the Top 10 of the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational were freshman Vicky Villanueva and senior Jessica Hauser who tied for sixth, and senior Gemma Webster who tied for ninth. Junior Emma Jandel finished just outside by a stroke in a tie for 11th. Hauser competed as an individual.
      At the Lady Buckeye, both Lim and Hauser found career-best finishes, while co-captains Webster and  Jandel had their best finishes of the season.

     The Buckeyes should be in familiar territory this weekend as they previewed the Big Ten course and field at the Lady Northern Invitational during the fall season, Oct. 18-19. At the tournament which featured all 11 Big Ten teams, Ohio State carded a 54-hole team score of 938 on the Kampen Course to finish in sixth. Purdue won its event with a score of 896, while Michigan State took second.
    Leading for the Buckeyes with a score of 229, was senior Jessica Hauser who concluded the event in 10th. A few strokes back, tying for 20th, were junior co-captain Emma Jandel and individual competitor freshman Nara Shin. Competing in her first collegiate tournament, freshman Vicky Villanueva tied for 29th, while sophomore In Hong Lim tied for 43rd. Senior co-captain Gemma Webster concluded the tournament in 50th.

     Last year, Ohio State concluded the Big Ten Championships in third place. Playing on the par 72, 6,271-yard Penn State Blue Course in University Park, Pa., the Buckeyes carded a 72-hole total of 1,202. Purdue won the 2008 crown, while Maria Hernandez of the Boilermakers took medalist honors.  
     In 2008, the Buckeyes were lead by Emma Jandel who tied for seventh at 12-over. One stroke back from Jandel was then rookie In Hong Lim who tied for 10th after battling a back injury for part of the season. Jessica Hauser also finished in the Top 20 with a tie for 19th at 17-over.

     The Ohio State women’s golf program has won 14 Big Ten titles and produced 12 medalists. The Buckeyes first win came in 1978, with their most recent victory occurring in 2005. The 2005 squad was lead by former Buckeye Kristen White who also took medalist honors. Head Coach Therese Hession has won seven league titles, including four of the last seven, and assistant coach Amy Langhals was the 1997 Big Ten medalist.
    In her 17 previous Big Ten championships, the Hession-led teams have finished lower than fourth just once. Since beginning competition at the Big Ten Championships in 1974, the Buckeyes have never finished lower than seventh place.

     After hosting the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge and the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational, the Buckeyes next welcome teams for the 2009 NCAA Central Regional on their home Scarlet Course May 7-9. The field for the regional will be announced Monday, April 27.

     During the second round of the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational, freshmen Nara Shin carded the first hole-in-one of her collegiate career on the 146-yard No. 8 hole of the Scarlet Course.
     Teammate Gemma Webster also had an ace this season, shooting her hole-in-one April 2 during the practice round of the Bryan National Collegiate.

      Concluding the regular season with a win at the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational, Ohio State currently boasts a record of 70-47-1. Competing in nine events, the No. 25 Buckeyes are currently 34-43-1 vs. Top 50 and 15-32-1 vs. Top 25 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
      Playing an extremely competitive schedule, the Buckeyes have already teed off again many of the teams they will encounter in the postseason.
     After taking a trip to Scotland to play several historic courses, Ohio State began their fall slate at the Tar Heel Invitational where they placed seventh. From there, the Buckeyes went on the finish sixth at the Lady Northern Invitational and second at the Landfall Tradition.
      Limited to indoor facilities in the off-season, the Buckeyes had the opportunity to thaw out at the Fort Myers Challenge in January. Kicking off their spring schedule, the team dropped a four stroke decision to Big Ten foe Michigan State. Next, the Buckeyes hosted the 14th installment of the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif., where the squad placed 11th in the talent-loaded field. 
     After taking sixth at the Central District Invitational, the Buckeyes then battled Mother Nature when they lost four-consecutive rounds of play to the elements. When OSU was finally able to tee off, the squad notched an impressive tie for fourth at the Liz Murphy Collegiate Classic.
     Things didn’t quite go as planned when the Buckeyes finished the Bryan National Collegiate in 17th, but the team made a complete turnaround, wrapping up the regular season with their win at the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational.

      For the 18th year, the Buckeyes are lead by head coach Therese Hession. A former LPGA professional, Hession has molded the Ohio State golf program into one with a strong tradition of excellence. In her time at Ohio State, Hession has led the Buckeyes to seven Big Ten championships, 10 NCAA championship appearances and 14-consecutive NCAA regional appearances. Hession is an NGCA Hall of Famer and six-time Big Ten Coach of the Year awardwinner.
    Assisting Hession is former Buckeye Amy Langhals. Now in her fourth year at the assistant coach position, Langhals was recently inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame by the Varsity “O” Association. While at Ohio State, Langhals was a three-time All-Big Ten selection as well as the 1997 Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year.

    Ohio State added three names to its roster next season after signing Susana Benavides, Amy Meier and Rachel Rohanna to NCAA National Letters of Intent, Nov. 21. The trio will be eligible to compete for the Buckeyes in the 2009-10 season.
    Benavides, a native of Bolivia, currently attends the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. She won the 2008 Optimist International Junior Golf Championship and will bring plenty of international experience to the Buckeye squad. In 2006, Benavides finished in second at the Doral Publix Junior Golf Classic.
    A three-year captain at Rochester High School in Rochester Hills, Mich., Meier is a four-time all-league, all-city and all-state golf selection. In her senior season, Meier led the Falcons to a state championship after finishing in first place at the 2008 MHSSA Girls Golf Championship.
    Rohanna, a native of Waynesburg, Pa., notched a third place finish at the 2008 PIAA Girls Golf Championship after taking medalist honors in 2005 and 07. A four-time girls’ individual section champion and three-time regional runner-up, the senior from Waynesburg Central High School also helped the WCHS boys’ team secure a section championship in the 2007 and 08 seasons.

     Along with the opportunity to play on the renowned Scarlet Course, the Buckeyes will soon have access to the largest indoor collegiate golf facility in the country. Approved by the Ohio State Board of Trustees in last September, the 26,000-square foot facility will be completed during the 2009-10 season.

     The Buckeyes will have a week break before they host the 2009 NCAA Central Regional on their own Scarlet Course, May 7-9.