Highlights from the past week in Ohio State Athletics
Ohio State falls to USC in opening round of match play
Buckeyes placed fourth overall in stroke play
Competition runs May 19-24
Highlights from the past week in Ohio State Athletics
Therese Hession has served as head women's golf coach at The Ohio State University for the past 26 seasons, crafting a storied legacy in Buckeye lore. The Indianapolis native has built the strong OSU golf tradition to even greater heights. Hession has led Ohio State to 10 Big Ten Championships, including back-to-back-to-back in 2014-16 and seven of the last 16 overall. Her success reaches a national level as well, advancing to the NCAA Regionals in 24 of the last 26 years (23 straight), and making 16 NCAA Championships appearances.
The most recent national spotlight stint extended into the NCAA Quarterfinals as Hession's 2017 Buckeyes advanced to match play as the No. 4 seed. Ohio State's fourth-place stroke play standing tied for the highest in school history at the NCAA Championships.
Hession's efforts and impressive results have not gone unnoticed. She was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in the Class of 2015 and has been named the National Coach of the Year twice (2014 by Golfweek and 1997 by the National Golf Coaches Association). She's been tabbed as Big Ten Coach of the Year on seven occasions (1993, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2014).
Student-athletes have earned many prestigious awards on the course and in the classroom under the tutelage of Hession. During her tenure, Buckeye golfers have been honored with 11 All-American and 63 All-Big Ten selections, six Big Ten Player of the Year and seven Big Ten Freshman of the Year laurels. A strong proponent of education, Hession's student-athletes have racked up academic awards as well. She has mentored 42 All-American Scholars, 163 OSU Scholar-Athletes and a total of 114 Academic All-Big Ten honorees.
Hession, a former president of the National Golf Coaches Association, was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2004. That organization also tabbed her as a Region Coach of the Year three straight seasons (1996-98), the 2010 Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award and 2005 Founders Award recipient.
The Scarlet & Gray is rode a three-year winning streak at the Big Ten Championships (2014-16) under the watchful eye of Hession. The latest marked a conference-best 14th B1G title since 1982. The '15-16 Buckeyes also reached the NCAA Championships, paced by Rio Watanabe earning a share of 16th place overall on the individual leaderboard. Ohio State averaged 293.72 in 39 team rounds played, crushing the previous school record by nearly three strokes.
The 2014-15 Buckeyes were crowned champions of the Big Ten for the second straight season. The '15 crown was a monumental victory, marking the 100th tournament title in program history. Hession has been at the helm for 46 of the 101 all-time tournament triumphs by Ohio State.
In 2013-14, Hession directed Ohio State to a share of seventh place at the NCAA Championships (fourth-highest NCAA finish in school history) with a trio of freshmen atop the lineup. Her second career National Coach of the Year campaign also included a three-round total of 838 at the Westbrook Spring Invitational to shatter the program's 54-hole record previously set in May 2005 by 18 strokes. The '13-14 Buckeyes continued to rewrite the record books in the postseason as the team's 1,158-stroke total at the NCAA Championships is also an all-time OSU mark, the best 72-hole score ever posted by the Buckeyes. Hession's charges won three spring tournaments, including a co-Big Ten Championship. All this from a team ranked outside the top-30 in the Golfweek preseason rankings.
The Buckeyes enjoyed perhaps their best season in school history in 2002-03. Hession guided the team to fourth place at the NCAA championships, the highest finish in the program's history. In addition, Ohio State captured its eighth overall and second-consecutive Big Ten championship. Three Buckeyes were honored with First Team All-Big Ten selections and Hession was named the conference's coach of the year. The season also marked the first time in school history Ohio State boasted two All-Americans in one season in Lindsay Knowlton and Kristen White.
Hession, a former LPGA Tour professional, became the seventh head coach in the program's history in 1991. In her inaugural season, she led the Buckeyes to a fourth-place finish in the Big Ten championships--three places better than the previous year. In just her second season, Hession struck gold, winning five regular season tournaments and claiming the 1993 conference title, Ohio State's first championship since 1988. The Buckeyes would go on to place fifth at the NCAA East Regional, advancing them to their first NCAA Championship appearance in five years.
A full-time professional golfer for 11 years, Hession competed in more than 250 LPGA tournaments during her illustrious career. She was among the Top 150 in all-time LPGA career money-winners when she concluded her career in 1991. Hession also willingly gave her time to charity during her playing career, participating in more than 150 pro-celebrity charitable events.
As a collegiate player for Southern Methodist University, Hession led the Mustangs to a national championship in 1979 while earning All-America laurels. She graduated with honors, acquiring a bachelor's degree in business administration. In January of 1980, after just three months on the Women's Professional Golf Tour, she earned her LPGA tour card.
An Indianapolis native, Hession is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Golf Ministry advisory staff. An avid participant in charity programs, she was the recipient of the 1989 LPGA Tour Samaritan Award.
Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
High School: Ladywood St. Agnes
Alma Mater: Southern Methodist `79
Playing Career: LPGA Tour 1980-91 ... Southern Methodist University 1976-79 ... captain of the 1979 AIAW National Championship Team ... First Team All-America in 1979 ... Indiana state amateur champion in 1977 ... Ladywood St. Agnes High School 1971-75 ... Indiana state high school champion in 1973 ... Indiana state junior champion in 1973 ... team high school champions in 1974.
Playing Highlights: Competed in seven U.S. Women's Opens ... career best finishes of fourth place at the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic and the Mastercard LPGA Pro-Am.