Buckeyes to Host 19th Annual Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge

Feb. 7, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio-- The Ohio State women's golf team will return to the links for its spring campaign, Feb.9-11, hosting the 19th-annual Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif. The three-day, 54-hole challenge is scheduled to be played on par 71, 6,017-yard Palos Verdes Golf Club.

An impressive field of 16 teams is scheduled to be in attendance with 14 ranked in the top 50 according to Golfweek. Among the field is No. 1 UCLA, who captured the 2012 and 2013 tournament championships. Also in attendance is No. 2 USC, No. 3 Duke and No. 4 Washington. Michigan State (24) and Ohio State (33) will represent the Big Ten.

Live scoring will be available on GolfStat. Daily summaries following each day will be provided at OhioStateBuckeyes.com with updates also posted on @OhioState_WGOLF and Facebook.

2014 Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge
Palos Verdes Golf Club
6,017 yards - Par 71
Field: (16 Teams - Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings)

Arizona (12)
Arizona State (7)
Duke (3)
Florida (18)
Michigan State (24)
North Carolina (28)
Ohio State (33)

Oklahoma (8)
Oklahoma State (11)
Pepperdine (6)
UCLA (1)
USC (2)
Wake Forest (27)
Washington (4)


Sunday, Feb. 9 - Tee times off of #1 & #10 (8:30-10:36 PT), 18 holes
Monday, Feb. 10 - Tee times off of #1 & #10 (8:30-1036 PT), 18 holes
Tuesday, Feb. 11 - Shotgun start at 8 PT, 18 holes

The Buckeye lineup will feature two freshmen, one senior and two juniors competing for the team score and with two individuals. Returning to Palos Verdes is senior Allison Harper along with juniors Jan Chanpalangsri and Claudia Lim. Competing in the regional challenge for the first time are freshmen Jessica Porvasnik and Katja Pogacar. Porvasnik leads the team with a 74.33 stroke average, while Pogacar is second at 75.08.

Also donning the Scarlet and Gray are freshmen Zoe-Beth Brake and Ileen Domela. Domela is fourth on the squad with a 76.42 average. Brake is competing in her first collegiate tournament for the Buckeyes.

The team and individual champions from the 2013 installment of the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge return to the links to compete for the title. Last year, top-ranked UCLA captured its second-straight tournament title with an 18-over 870, while Southern Cal finished second with three-day total of 879. Bruin Erynne Lee, ranked No. 3 individually, took home the individual crown with an even 213.

The Buckeyes concluded last year's outing in 16th with a three-day team total of 932. Former Buckeye Amy Meier finished with a team best 12-over 225 to tie for 25th.

UCLA has a tournament-best four team titles, while Pepperdine has captured three. Four squads have earned two tournament titles in Arizona, Arizona State, Tulsa and USC. Four squads have earned two tournament titles in Arizona, Arizona State, Tulsa and USC. In the tournament's first year in 1996, San Jose State took the team crown, while SJSU's Vibeke Stensrud won the individual title.

The Buckeyes concluded their fall campaign with at the 12th annual Landfall Tradition in Wilmington N.C., Oct. 25-27. Ohio State faced a field of 18 teams with 14 ranked in the top 50 and placed 11th overall, posting a 60-over 924 on the par 72, 6,997-yard Pete Dye Course at the Country Club of Landfall.

The Buckeyes were led by freshman Jessica Porvasnik who tied for 27th overall with a final score of 14-over 230. Coming in tied for 38th was classmate Katja Pogacar with a total of 14-over 230.

The weather forecast for the Golden State is set to be golden next week. Temperatures will be in the upper 60s Sunday, followed by temperatures in the lower 70s Monday and Tuesday. Each day calls for 10 percent chance of rain with partly cloudy skies.  

The Buckeyes will travel to Peoria, Ariz., Feb. 23-24, to participate in the Westbrook Spring Invitational.