COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio State University women's golf team squares off with Big Ten foe Purdue in the Gifford Great 8 Collegiate Match Play Quarterfinals on Monday, March 13. The fifth-seeded Buckeyes will play a second match that afternoon before concluding the eight-team match play event on Tuesday (March 14).
Name: Gifford Great 8 Collegiate Match Play
Live Scoring: Birdiefire
Course: Brentwood Country Club (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Yardage: 6,294 yards| Par 72
Format: Five-player team match play
Schedule of Play:
Quarterfinals (Monday, March 13) | No. 4-seed Purdue vs. No. 5-seed Ohio State | 8:30 a.m. PT/11:30 a.m. ET
Semifinals/Consolation Bracket (Monday, March 13) | 12:30 p.m. PT/3:30 p.m. ET
Final Matches (Tuesday, March 14) | 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET
Field (8 teams):
*Golfstat rankings listed in parenthesis
No. 1-seed USC (2) vs. No. 8-seed Oregon State (66)
No. 4-seed Purdue (22) vs. No. 5-seed Ohio State (27)
No. 3-seed Georgia (8) vs. No. 6-seed Colorado (36)
No. 2-seed UCLA (9) vs. No. 7-seed Oregon (40)
Sunny skies, temperature highs in the upper 80s and a zero percent chance of precipitation fills the forecast for southern California for the next five days.
Ohio State comes in at No. 27 in this week's Golfstat national rankings. Four Buckeye individuals can be found in the Golfweek Top-200, including Jessica Porvasnik slotted No. 39 in the entire country. Jaclyn Lee (No. 116), Katja Pogacar (No. 129) and Rio Watanabe (No. 152) are also nationally ranked.
RUNNER-UP FINISH AT WESTBROOK SPRING INVITATIONAL
Ohio State finished as the 2017 Westbrook Spring Invitational runner-up, pacing the field in each of the last two rounds to climb out of a 10th place hole following Round One. The Buckeyes claimed runner-up honors in the same event last season as well, two years after capturing the tournament crown in 2014.
SOPHOMORES CAPTURE TOP-25 FINISHES OUT IN CALI
Niki Schroeder stormed the course on the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge's final day, carding a 2-under 69 to leap 32 slots up the individual leaderboard. Schroeder's red-hot finish pulled her even with sophomore classmate Jaclyn Lee as the top Buckeye performer, each earning a share of 17th place in the elite 88-player field. Both Buckeyes posted 54-hole totals of 218 (+5) for their seventh career Top-25 finish.
BUCKEYES OPEN SPRING SLATE BY TOPPING FLORIDA ATLANTIC
The Buckeyes began the Spring semester on Jan. 16, topping Florida Atlantic by 21 strokes in an 18-hole match. Jessica Porvasnik, Rio Watanabe and Alex Wright all posted a 1-under 71 with Porvasnik crowned the individual champion on scorecard tiebreaker criteria.
COLUMBUS HOSTING 2017 NCAA REGIONAL
The Ohio State University is one of four host sites for the 2017 NCAA Women's Golf Regionals. The three-day event will be played on the OSU Golf Club's Scarlet Course from May 8-10, 2017 with six of 18 team advancing to the NCAA Championships (May 19-24) at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
POGACAR PICKS UP THIRD CAREER B1G WEEKLY DISTINCTION
A third-place showing in the 75-player Trinity Forest Invitational resulted in Katja Pogacar being named the Big Ten Golfer of the Week for the third time in her career. She carded a 2-over 74 in the lone round of the rain-shortened event. Jaclyn Lee and Jessica Porvasnik joined her in the Top-10, each grabbing a share of sixth place. It marked the fourth Top-25 finish in as many events this season for Porvasnik.
THREE BUCKEYES REGISTER TOP-25 SHOWINGS IN TAR HEEL INVITATIONAL
Jessica Porvasnik paced the squad and recorded her third Top-25 in as many tournaments played this season by earning a share of 13th place at the Tar Heel Invitational. She was joined near the top of the 96-player field by Niki Schroeder (T-17th) and Katja Pogacar (T-22nd) as the Buckeyes finished seventh out of 17 teams in the elite field.
WINDY CITY WRAP -- PORVASNIK PACES AGAIN; POGACAR RETURNS
Jessica Porvasnik led the Buckeye charge in Chicago, earning a share of 12th place at the Windy City Collegiate (Oct. 3-4). Senior classmate Katja Pogacar joined her in the Top-25, making her 2016-17 debut after returning from competing for Team Slovenia in the World Amateur Team Championship.
PORVASNIK -- GOLFER OF THE WEEK IN THE BIG TEN
The Big Ten Conference announced Jessica Porvasnik as the Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Week on Sept. 21. Porvasnik seized medalist honors during stroke play at the East & West Match Play Challenge before going 2-0 in her individual matches. She posted back-to-back rounds of 69 to seize individual medalist honors during the 36-hole qualifying stroke play.
Porvasnik has now earned Big Ten Golfer of the Week accolades in each of her four collegiate seasons. This also marks her second B1G weekly award following the East & West Match Play Challenge, receiving the recognition in 2014 as well after finishing as the stroke play runner-up and winning both individual matches.
THIRD-PLACE EFFORT IN ANN ARBOR TO OPEN THE SEASON
Ohio State took No. 1 seed honors at the East & West Match Play Challenge (Sept. 18-20) after Jessica Porvasnik and Jaclyn finished `1-2' in 36 holes of qualifying stroke play. The Buckeyes then went 1-1 in match play to leave `that state up north' with a third-place showing.
B1G TITLE DEFENSE
Ohio State entered 2016-17 as the three-time defending Big Ten champions. A run of three straight B1G titles has only occurred four times in conference history, three of which were accomplished by the Buckeyes (1983-85, 2002-05, 2014-16) and the other by Purdue (2008-10). Therese Hession's 10 Big Ten crowns overall are the most all-time, followed by Sam Carmichael's seven championships (Indiana; 1982-2004).
SNIDER RETURNS TO THE BIG TEN, JOINS BUCKEYE COACHING STAFF
Stacy Snider brings four years of Division-I head coaching experience to Columbus as the newest member of the Buckeye coaching staff. Snider, a two-time All-Big Ten selection at Michigan State (2001, 2002) and former professional golfer, joined the Ohio State women's golf program as the assistant coach in August 2016.