No. 27 Buckeyes face quick turn around and look to build on single-round success last weekend
COLUMBUS, Ohio After concluding the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in a tie for fourth, the Ohio State women’s golf team faces a quick turn around when it travels to Greensboro, N.C., for the 12th Annual Bryan National Collegiate, April 3-5. The 54-hole tournament features 18 teams and will take place on the par 72, 6,386-yard Bryan Park Champions Course.
The tournament is set to begin Friday with tee times starting at 8:20 a.m. The Buckeyes will begin the competition at 9:00 a.m. from the 10th tee. The second round also begins at 8:20 a.m., with tee times to be determined by first-round performances. It concludes Sunday with a 10 a.m. shotgun start.
The Tournament: Bryan National Collegiate
The Course: Bryan Park Champions Golf Course (par 72, 6,386 yards)
The Field: 18 teams (Golfweek/Sagarin rankings) Ohio State (27), Arkansas (18), College of Charleston (51), East Carolina (45), Georgia(13), LSU (11), Louisville (19), Michigan State (20), Notre Dame (30), North Carolina (14), North Carolina State (38), UNC Greensboro (95), UNC Wilmington (69), South Carolina (46), TCU (33), Tennessee (34), Virginia (4), Wake Forest (8).
Friday, April 3: 18 holes (8:20 a.m. tee times)
Saturday, April 4: 18 holes (8:20 a.m. tee times)
Sunday, April 5: 18 holes (10:00 a.m. shotgun start)
KEEPING AN EYE ON THINGS
Live scoring for the tournament will be available at www.golfstat.com. A link to the tournament will also be available at the women’s golf scoring page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
A LOOK AT THE LINE-UP
Student-athletes making the trip to North Carolina are no stranger to the tournament scene as senior co-captain Gemma Webster, junior co-captain Emma Jandel, sophomore In Hong Lim and freshmen Vicky Villanueva and Nara Shin have all competed in at least six events for the Scarlet and Gray this season. Webster, Jandel, Lim, Villanueva and Shin also represented the Buckeyes last weekend at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic where the squad tied for fourth.
The Bryan National Collegiate will feature 18 teams and six individuals for a total field of 96 players. Of the teams competing, Ohio State has previously teed off against all but Tennessee and the College of Charleston. In addition to the No. 27 Buckeyes, Arkansas (18), Georgia (13), LSU (11), Louisville (19), Michigan State (20), Notre Dame (30), North Carolina (14), Virginia (4) and Wake Forest (8) are also ranked in the Top 30 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
Last weekend at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, the Buckeyes tied North Carolina for fourth place and placed higher than top-ranked LSU, Georgia, Virginia, Wake Forest and Michigan State.
After tying for fourth at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, the Buckeyes have continued to climb in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. In the latest poll released March 29, the 55-31-1 Ohio State squad moved up one position to sit in the 27th slot.
Hosted by Wake Forest and UNC Greensboro, the Bryan National Collegiate began in 1998 and has since evolved into a showcase for some of the best collegiate golf talent in the country. In the tournament’s 11 year tenure, Duke has clenched six victories and produced six medalists, the most of any school.
Last year, Florida won the event with a score of 906, while Stacy Lewis of Arkansas took medalist honors after firing a 54-hole total of 1-under 215.
OHIO STATE AT THE BRYAN NATIONAL COLLEGIATE
The Buckeyes were also a part of the Bryan National Collegiate’s debut in 1998, when they tied for seventh in the 15 team field. Since the tournament’s beginning, Ohio State has made the trip to North Carolina for the event a total of six times. The team’s best finish came in 2002 when the team placed third.
Although the Buckeyes have never won the event, the Ohio State women’s golf team has still left their mark on the tournament. In 2002, former Buckeye Ashley Lowery captured the seventh-lowest individual score in tournament history at 215, as well as the fifth-lowest first round score at 68.
Ohio State missed the tournament last year, last competing in 2007. At their last appearance, the Buckeyes carded a team score of 920 to finish in ninth place. Ohio State was lead by former Buckeye Dana Je who placed 15th. Senior co-captain Gemma Webster ended the competition tied for 39th, while junior co-captain Emma Jandel finished in 86th. At the 2007 tournament, medalist Maria Hernandez helped to lead Big Ten foe Purdue to a first place finish with a team score of 887.
The Champions Course was added to the Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center in 1990. Designed by renowned architect Rees Jones, the par 72, 6,386-yard course was listed as one of America’s Top 100 Courses for Women by Golf for Women in 2000.
Composed of Bermuda fairways and bent grass greens, players of the Champions Course will encounter numerous grass bunkers and 97 sand traps. In addition, seven of the 18 holes are bordered by scenic Lake Townsend. The course, which also played host to the 2006 NCAA East Regional, is currently gearing up to host the 2010 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
LAST TIME OUT
Although the first two rounds of play were cancelled due to strong storms, the Buckeyes had a solid 18-hole performance at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic last weekend. After one round, the Buckeyes tied North Carolina for fourth place with a team score of 304 (+16), just five strokes behind tournament champion Auburn.
For the fourth-consecutive tournament, the Buckeyes were lead by sophomore In Hong Lim who finished the tournament in a career-best tie for third after shooting an even-par round of 72. A few strokes back from Lim were senior co-captain Gemma Webster and freshman Vicky Villanueva who tied for 30th with scores of 77.
The Buckeye’s tie for fourth place was their second-highest performance of the season. They placed higher than LSU, Georgia, Virginia, Oklahoma State, Wake Forest, Arkansas and Michigan State, all of which are ranked in the Top 20 of the Golfweek weekly rankings.
COMPETING AGAINST MOTHER NATURE
One of the toughest competitors Ohio State has faced this spring has been Mother Nature. From snow and ice to heavy winds and rain, the Buckeyes lost four-consecutive rounds of tournament play to the elements before finally teeing off last Sunday.
On March 2-3, the Buckeyes were set to make their debut appearance at the Pinehurst Challenge in Pinehurst, N.C. However, after making the trip to the Tar Heel state, tournament officials made the decision to cancel the event after snow and ice made the Pinehurst No. 6 course unplayable. Unable to get out of the airport, the team made the eight hour journey by van back to Ohio.
At the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic March 27-29, strong thunderstorms encompassed the south, causing the first two rounds of play to be cancelled, a first in tournament history.
NO SOPHOMORE SLUMP
A key on the Buckeye roster this spring has been sophomore In Hong Lim. After battling an injury for part of the 2007-08 season, the Melbourne, Australia, native (by way of South Korea) has lead the Buckeyes at their last four events.
At the Fort Myers Challenge Jan. 25, Lim concluded the dual competition in second place after carding an 18-hole score of 75. She also led Ohio State at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, tying for 28th, and at the Central District Invitational where she tied for 11th.
At the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, Lim shot a round of even-par to finish the 18-hole event in career-best tie for third. After her performance last weekend, she now posts the lowest stroke average on the team at 77.14 and moved up to No. 69 in the Golfweek/Sagarin individual rankings.
HOME COURSE ADVANTAGE
After concluding the Bryan National Collegiate, the Buckeyes will begin preparations to host the 29th installment of the Lady Buckeye Spring invitational on their own Scarlet Course, April 18-19. The Buckeyes previously hosted the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenges this February in Palos Verdes, Calif.
If all goes as planned, Ohio State will compete on its home course again May 7-9 when the Buckeyes host the NCAA Central Regional. Under head coach Therese Hession, the Buckeyes have made 14-consecutive regional appearances.
RETURN TO CAROLINA
The Bryan National Collegiate will mark the fourth time Ohio State has traveled to North Carolina this season. The Buckeyes began their fall slate at the Tar Heel Invitational Oct. 3-5, where they placed seventh. The team then returned Oct. 24-26 to participate in the Landfall Tradition. There, the Buckeyes had their best performance of the season with a second place finish. The Buckeyes also found two Top 10 finishers in the freshman duo of Nara Shin and Vicky Villanueva.
Ohio State again made the trip March 2-3 to compete in the Pinehurst Challenge. However, the 36-hole tournament was cancelled due to inclement weather.
RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER
The Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational (April 18-19) will mark the end of regular season play for the Buckeyes. From there, the squad will begin post season play at the Big Ten Championship (April 24-26) in West Lafayette, Ind.
In addition to a Big Ten championship, the Buckeyes will also be in the hunt for their 15th-consecutive NCAA regional appearance. Ohio State is set to host the NCAA Central Regional May 7-9.
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.
The Buckeyes will host the 29th Annual Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational on their home Scarlet Course, April 18-19.