Ohio State competes against eight conference teams at Crooked Stick Golf Club
COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s golf team returns to the course after a three-week hiatus and travels to neighboring Indiana to compete in the Indiana Invitational April 7-8. The Buckeyes head to Carmel, Ind., where they will face eight Big Ten opponents in the 15-team field. The event, hosted by Indiana University, is a two-day, 54-hole tournament to be played at the par 72, 7,272-yard Crooked Stick Golf Club. Match play begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday with a shotgun start to the first and second rounds. The final round follows Tuesday at 9 a.m.
Name: Indiana Invitational
Course: Crooked Stick Golf Club (par 72, 7,272 yards)
Field – 14 teams (national rankings): Ball State, Illinois, Illinois State, Indiana, Iowa, Lipscomb, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Purdue (6), Texas (27), UNLV.
Monday, April 7: 36 holes, 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, April 8: 18 holes, 9 a.m.
KEEPING AN EYE ON THINGS
Live scoring for the Indiana Invitational will be available at www.golfstat.com. There also will be a link to the tournament scoring on the Ohio State women’s golf schedule page at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
A LOOK AT THE FIELD
Competition at the Indiana Invitational will help the Buckeyes prepare for the Big Ten tournament just around the corner. Nine of 11 conference teams, including Ohio State, are will participate in the Indiana Invitational, giving them an opportunity to see how their play matches up against most of the league. The Buckeyes will be facing most of these teams for the second or third time this season, leaving only Illinois State, Lipscomb, Oregon and UNLV as unfamiliar opponents.
MAKING THE TRIP
Traveling for the Buckeyes to Carmel, Ind., will be seniors Carling Coffing and Haley Brown, junior captain Gemma Webster, sophomore Emma Jandel, and rookie In Hong Lim. Junior Jessica Hauser will compete as an individual.
JANDEL STRAIGHTENS CROOKED STICK
Sophomore Emma Jandel will bring some confidence to the Crooked Stick Golf Club this weekend after having success on it last summer. The Dayton, Ohio, native made it to the Round of 16 at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship in Carmel, Ind., where she eventually fell to Maria Jose Uribe of Columbia, 2 up, Aug. 9 in match play.
Earlier in the event, Jandel led once against Sydnee Michaels of Temecula, Calif. Michaels had the lead on holes 7-16, but Jandel made a final charge by making par on 17 and 18 to move to all-square. The duo then returned to No. 1 and played three extra holes. Jandel secured her trip to the next round when she took advantage of a bogey by Michaels and made par on No. 3 for the 1 up win. Jandel concluded two stroke-play qualifying rounds with a total of 5-over 149. She was one of 64 to advance to the match play part of the competition.
Ohio State has won the Indiana Invitational four times, in 1978, ’79, ’93 and ’97. The last time the Buckeyes competed in the tournament was 2001, when they finished fourth out of 15 teams.
HIGH-PROFILE CROOKED STICK
Along with hosting the Indiana Invitational, the Crooked Stick Golf Club has played host to several high-profile events in recent years, including the 2007 107th USGA Women’s Amateur Championship, 2005 Solheim Cup and 1993 U.S. Women’s Open. It is the future site of the 2009 U.S. Senior Open as well.
The last time out the Buckeyes traveled to the south for the fourth time this spring, this time heading to Austin, Texas, to compete in the Betsy Rawls Invitational March 17-19. Despite inclement weather that forced cancellation of the second round, Ohio State faired well finishing seventh of 18 teams. Two Buckeyes placed in the Top 25 in senior Carling Coffing and sophomore Emma Jandel tying for 24th with a two-round score of 160 (+16).
SPRINGING INTO SUCCESS
Senior Carling Coffing has taken the spring schedule by storm. The Middletown, Ohio, native has led the Buckeyes in all three tournaments of the spring season, including helping them to a fourth-place finish at the Central District Invitational (Feb. 18-19). Coffing tied for third at the event, her second-highest career finish, and for her efforts was named Big Ten Golfer of the Week Feb. 20. She owns a 76.57 stroke average this season to rank second on the team.
HOST WITH THE MOST
Following the Indiana Invitational, Ohio State will host its final regular-season tournament April 19-20 at Scarlet Course. The 28th-Annual Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational is the second event the Buckeyes have hosted this season but the first at their home course in Columbus. Earlier this season, the team also hosted the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif.
ATOP THE TEAM
Junior Gemma Webster, the 2007-08 captain of the Buckeyes, led the team in more ways than one throughout the fall season. Webster finished in the Top 10 in two of the four fall tournaments and placing 13th at another. She led the Buckeyes to a fourth-place finish at the Lady Northern Invitational (Sept. 22-23) in University Park, Pa., placing eighth at the event. Webster also recorded her first hole-in-one since becoming a Buckeye at the Mason Rudolph Women’s Championship.
After a summer of stellar performances, sophomore Emma Jandel was ready to come back and compete for the Buckeyes this fall. She advanced all the way to the Round of 16 at the U.S. Women’s Amateur and won the 2007 Ohio Women’s Amateur Championships, successfully defending her 2006 title and making her the first player to win back-to-back titles since Diana Schwab in 1990. Jandel’s summer success continued into the fall as she finished in the Top 25 at three of the four fall tournaments, including a 15th place finish at the Mercedes Benz Collegiate Championship where she managed to move up 34 places in two rounds.
AT THE HELM
Head coach Therese Hession is in her 17th year at the helm of Ohio State. Last season she led the Buckeyes to a fourth-place finish at the 2007 Big Ten Championships and their 13th-consecutive NCAA Regional competition, During her tenure at Ohio State, Hession has guided the Buckeyes to seven Big Ten championships and five Top 8 finishes at the NCAA championships. She has earned Big Ten Coach of the Year honors six times.
The Buckeyes will next host the 28th-Annual Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational, April 19-20 at Scarlet Course. The tournament concludes Ohio State’s regular-season schedule before heading to the 2008 Big Ten Championships, April 25-27 in State College, Pa.