April 18, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 47-ranked Ohio State women's golf team will welcome 12 teams to the par 72, 6,268-yard Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus for the 33rd-annual Lady Buckeye Invitational this weekend.
The tournament will tee off with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday for the first 36 holes, while the final round is slated to begin at 8:30 a.m. Sunday in the 6-count-4 event.
Name: 2013 Lady Buckeye Invitational
Course: Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club (par 72, 6,268 yards)
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Field: 12 teams (Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings)
Michigan State (27)
Ohio State (47)
Penn State (42)
Six members of the Ohio State squad will represent the Scarlet and Gray this weekend. Competing in their final regular season tournament are seniors Amy Meier and Susana Benavides. Joining the pair is junior Allison Harper and sophomores Jan Chanpalangsri, Claudia Lim and Sheridan Balyeat.
The 2013 Lady Buckeye Invitational marks the 33rd edition of the tournament. Since its inception in 1975, Ohio State has won the tournament 14 times and tallied 12 medalists, the most of any school. Michigan State has captured the title four times, while Georgia, Indiana, Kent State and Kentucky have won twice.
Last season, the Buckeyes secured their 14th all-time victory on their home course with a 30-over 894, besting their competition by 16 strokes. Former Buckeye Rachel Rohanna clinched the individual title by an eight-stroke margin with a tournament-low 4-under 212 in three rounds.
Senior Amy Meier tied for fourth in last year's event with a 12-over 228, while Susana Benavides, playing as an individual, also finished within the top 10 after notching a 14-over 230 to tie for ninth.
Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast Saturday's opening round with a high of 54 degrees and low of 38 degrees. Winds are expected to be around 14 mph. Sunday's partly cloudy forecast calls for a high of 60 degrees and 11 mph winds. There is a 10% chance of precipitation each day.
IN A NUTSHELL
The Buckeyes hit the links after back-to-back Top 3 finishes at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational March 13 and the SMU Dallas Club Invitational April 7. The Ohio State roster features two seniors, one junior and three sophomores. Seniors Amy Meier and Susana Benavides, junior Allison Harper and sophomores Jan Chanpalangsri and Claudia Lim have competed in all nine events this season.
Ohio State has captured 11 Top 20 finishes as individuals this season. Meier leads the squad with two Top 5 finishes and a team-high five finishes in the Top 20. The Rochester Hills, Mich., native has placed first among the Buckeyes for the past five events.
The Buckeyes average 302.86 strokes per round with their team-low total score of 887 coming at Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational in the fall campaign. Against their competition for the Lady Buckeye Invitational, the Buckeyes are 4-7.
LAST TIME OUT - DALLAS CLUB ATHLETIC
With a three round total of 906, Ohio State concluded the 2013 SMU Dallas Club Invitational in third place out of 15 teams at the Dallas Athletic Club.
Buckeye seniors Amy Meier and Susana Benavides tied for fourth place to lead Ohio State. Benavides posted a 3-over 75 in the third round en route to her best finish this season. Meier recorded two birdies in the final round to score a three-day total of 8-over 224. Her fourth place finish marks her second-consecutive appearance in the Top 5. Claudia Lim matched her season-low score of 224 to finish in a career-best eighth place.
The Buckeyes will begin postseason play April 26-28 at the Big Ten Championships in French Lick, Ind.