Big Ten Announces Buckeye-Laden Postseason Awards
April 29, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio. - Ohio State Women's Golf swept the yearly Big Ten postseason honors as Therese Hession earned her seventh career Big Ten Coach of the Year award and Jessica Porvasnik was named both the Big Ten Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year.
Zoe-Beth Brake joins fellow freshman, Porvasnik, on the All-Big Ten First Team while Katja Pogacar, also a freshman, was voted to the All-Big Ten Second Team. In addition, junior Claudia Lim picked up B1G Sportsmanship Award laurels.
After guiding the Buckeyes to a Big Ten title over the weekend, Hession was tabbed as the conference's coach of the year for the seventh time in the last 22 seasons (1993, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2014). That total is the second most in conference history, just one behind Sam Carmichael's eight awards (Indiana).
Porvasnik becomes the sixth different Buckeye to seize conference player of the year recognition, and first since Kristen White won her second yearly accolade in 2005. Porvasnik also marks the eighth Buckeye to be chosen as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. The native Ohioan started collecting B1G hardware at the conference tournament, capturing Big Ten medalist honors (third freshman in B1G history to do so) and the Mary Fossum Award (lowest stroke average relative to par in the Big Ten; 73.21 - +52 in 33 rounds played).
Porvasnik has finished in the top-20 in eight of 11 tournaments this season, including four top-5 showings and a pair of individual crowns. Thirty-one of her 33 rounds played have counted towards the team score.
Brake bested everyone in the Big Ten Championships field except her teammate Porvasnik, finishing as the conference runner-up. For the season, she's averaging 74.00 while placing in the top-10 of over half her competitions (four of seven events participated in).
Pogacar is one of three Buckeyes to play in all 33 rounds, and is third on the team with a 74.58 average. She has dipped under par five times this season and found her way into the top-20 for seven of 11 events.
BIG TEN COACH OF THE YEAR
BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM