May 1, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Kendall Prince of the Ohio State women's golf team was named the 2012 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, the conference announced Tuesday. Juniors Rachel Rohanna and Amy Meier were placed on the All-Big Ten first team, while Prince and junior Susana Benavides earned second team accolades.
Prince is the seventh Buckeye to earn the award and second in the last four years, joining teammate Vicky Villanueva who won it in 2009. The Lake Oswego, Oregon, product finished the regular season with a 74.44 Golfweek/Sagarin rating, good for seventh in the conference. She has been the top Buckeye finisher in three tournaments this season and has recorded three finishes in the top 5, including third place finish at this year's Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational.
The honor is the second first-team recognition for Rohanna, who was placed on the team in 2010. The Waynesburg, Pa., product also earned second team honors last year. Rohanna led the squad to a third-place finish at the 2012 Big Ten Championships, finishing tied for third with a 2-over 218. She has led the squad in the last three tournaments, including a first-place finish at the Lady Buckeye.
Meier, the team captain from Rochester Hills, Mich., led the Buckeyes in three tournaments this year and have placed in the top 10 five times. The honor is the first of her career. Meier also earned Ohio State's Sportsmanship Award.
The conference honor is also the first for Benavides. The Cochabamba, Bolivia, native has tallied three top 10 finishes for Ohio State this year, including a sixth-place finish at the Windy City Collegiate this past fall.
The Buckeyes return to the links next week as the squad hosts the 2012 NCAA Women's Golf Central Regional on the Scarlet Course, May 10-12.