COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The 37th edition of the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational takes place April 15-16 on the OSU Golf Club's Scarlet Course. Ohio State will compete in a field of 12 teams for 54 holes with an 8:30 a.m. ET start both days. Admission is free to the public.
Name: Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational
Live Scoring: Golfstat
Course: OSU Golf Club-Scarlet Course (Columbus, Ohio)
Yardage: 6,319 yards| Par 72
Format: Play 6, count 4 | 54 holes
Schedule of Play:
Rounds 1-2 (Saturday, April 15) | Shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. ET
Final Round (Sunday, April 16) | Shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. ET
Field (12 teams):
*Golfstat Top-40 rankings listed
No. 29 Illinois
Indianapolis (No. 8 in D-II)
No. 12 Kent State
No. 33 Michigan
No. 31 Ohio State
No. 20 Texas
The entire 8-player roster will suit it up and compete for Ohio State this weekend at the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational. In preparation for the upcoming Big Ten Championships (Apr. 21-23) in Cincinnati, the format will mimic that of the conference tournament in utilizing a `Play 6, count 4' scoring format. Two Buckeyes will compete as individuals:
1 -- Jessica Porvasnik | Sr. | 72.91 avg. (22 rounds)
2 -- Jaclyn Lee | So. | 73.18 avg. (22 rounds)
3 -- Katja Pogacar | Sr. | 74.00 avg. (20 rounds)
4 -- Niki Schroeder | So. | 74.45 avg. (22 rounds)
5 -- Zoe-Beth Brake | r-Sr. | 76.07 avg. (15 rounds)
6 -- Adeena Shears | Fr. | 77.75 avg. (4 rounds)
IND -- Rio Watanabe | r-Jr. | 74.83 avg. (18 rounds)
IND -- Alex Wright | Fr. | 77.46 avg. (13 rounds)
Thunderstorms and forecasted precipitation could threaten the playing schedule. Significant winds are also expected, furthering the potential challenge facing players on the already-daunting Scarlet Course.
HISTORY OF THE LADY BUCKEYE SPRING INVITATIONAL
The Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational has been contested 36 times, missing just six years, since the inaugural event in 1975. Twelve schools will vie for the 37th Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational title in 2017. Ohio State has captured the championship 15 times in the tournament's history, including four of the last eight years. Rachel Rohanna is the most recent of a dozen Buckeye medalists, winning top individual honors in 2012.
Michigan State is a five-time champion while Kent State has won back-to-back crowns (2015-16) and owns four event trophies overall. Georgia, Indiana and Kentucky have each brought home the hardware twice.
The Golden Flashes set a new Scarlet Course record for the Lady Buckeye which had previously stood for 18 years by carding an 878 in last year's edition (previous mark was 881 by Ohio State in 1998). The top individual tally was matched two years ago when Kent State's Josee Doyon sat atop the leaderboard at 212, even with Buckeye Rachel Rohanna (2012) for best in tournament history.
Ohio State comes in at No. 31 in this week's Golfstat national rankings. Three Buckeye individuals can be found in the Golfweek Top-150, including Jessica Porvasnik slotted No. 59 in the entire country. Jaclyn Lee (No. 124) and Katja Pogacar (No. 149) are also nationally ranked inside the Top-150.
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.
Teams competing in Columbus will be announced on Thursday, April 27 at 11 a.m. ET during the NCAA Selection Show aired live on Golf Channel.
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).
PORVASNIK WRAPS UP TOP-10 PERFORMANCE AT CLEMSON INVITATIONAL
Jessica Porvasnik found familiar ground again at the Clemson Invitational (March 31-Apr. 2), finishing inside the Top-10 for the 17th time in her career and fourth Top-10 effort this season. The Buckeye senior earned a share of eighth place in the Clemson Invitational's 94-player field with scores of 70-72-73 (-1).
THREE BUCKEYES REGISTER TOP-25 SHOWINGS IN BRIAR'S CREEK INVITATIONAL
Jaclyn Lee, Katja Pogacar and Niki Schroeder each recorded 54-hole totals of 219 (+3) at the Briar's Creek Invitational (March 20-21), all earning a share of 22nd place in the 93-player field. It marked the fifth Top-25 performance of the season for Lee and Schroeder, and the 28th in Pogacar's impressive career (she now has 29).
A TOP-10 WIN AND B1G WEEKLY HONOR COMES IN GIFFORD MATCH PLAY SUCCESS
The Buckeyes rebounded from an opening round loss to Purdue in the Gifford Great 8 Collegiate Match Play by taking the final two matches, including a victory over No. 8 Georgia to win the consolation finals. Jessica Porvasnik went unbeaten individually in the event, posting a pair of ties before breaking up a tie versus the Bulldogs with her individual triumph atop the lineup. She received Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors for her efforts.
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).
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.
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.