Villanueva, also a Second Team All-Big Ten honoree, first Buckeye to earn rookie award since Kristen White in 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio Following the conclusion of the 2009 Big Ten Championships, Vicky Villanueva of the Ohio State women’s golf team was named the conference’s Freshman of the Year as well as a Second Team All-Big Ten selection. Sophomore In Hong Lim was a First Team All-Big Ten honoree as well as the Buckeyes’ recipient of the Sportsmanship Award.

Villanueva, a native of Chacabuco, Argentina, is the first Buckeye to be named Freshman of the Year since Kristen White received the award 2002. She is the sixth OSU golfer to earn the award overall.

In 24 rounds this season, Villanueva had a 77.54 stroke average and three finishes in the Top 15, including two in the Top 10. She concluded the Big Ten championships in a tie for 12th.

Lim, from Melbourne, Australia, earned Ohio State’s 41st first team all-conference honor. The last Buckeye to earn a first team award was Dana Je in 2007.

With a team-leading 77.12 stroke average, Lim also became Ohio State’s first medalist since 2005 when she won the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational last weekend. She has four Top 20 placements this season.

Up next, Ohio State will host the 2009 NCAA Central Regional, May 7-9 at its own Scarlet Course in Columbus. The complete field for the NCAA tournament will be announced Monday afternoon.