No. 19 Ohio State Ready to Host NCAA Central Regional
May 8, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 19 and sixth-seeded Ohio State women’s golf team will look to earn a trip to nationals when it hosts the NCAA Central Regional May 10-12 at its own par 72, 6,264-yard Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club.
The three-day, 54-hole tournament will begin each day with tee times starting at 8 a.m. ET. The Buckeyes will tee off Thursday at 9:06 a.m. with Vanderbilt and Tennessee. The same group will tee off at 1:26 p.m. Friday and tee times Sunday will be determined by score.
KEEPING AN EYE ON THINGS
HOW IT WORKS
The top eight teams and two individuals from each region will advance to the national championship held May 22-25 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn. The Central Regional is led by top-seed and No. 3 Southern California, while Alabama and UCLA also earned No. 1 seeds out of the east and west, respectively.
The East Regional will be played at the Penn State Blue Course in State College, Pa., while the West Regional will take place at the Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, Colo.
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 a 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 has 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 have secured a No. 20 spot in the latest Golf World/NGCA Division I College Women’s Coaches’ Poll and are No. 16 in the golfstat.com NCAA Head-to-Head rankings.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
BIG TEN BACKTRACK
Sitting atop the league by a 10-stroke margin at 885 was Michigan State. In second was Purdue, led by medalist Laura Gonzalez who carded an even 216.
Leading Ohio State was junior Rachel Rohanna who tied for third at 218. The Waynesburg, Pa., native fired rounds of 74-71-73 en route to her top 5 placement.
BUCKEYES AT REGIONALS
Under head coach Therese Hession, the Buckeyes have appeared in 18-consecutive regionals and have competed at the national tournament 12 times. In 2011, Ohio State carded a total of 905 on the par 72, 6,208-yard Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Ind., to finish sixth and advance to nationals where the squad placed 21st.
LOOK AT THE LINKS
The vision of former Ohio State Athletic Director L. W. St. John, plans for the university club began in the early 1930's. The Ohio State University Golf Club first opened in 1938 and was designed by famed architect Dr. Alister MacKenzie. One of the first collegiate golf courses in the Midwest, the 295 acre Scarlet Course was completed in 1938 with the Gray Course close to follow in 1940. Under the direction of Buckeye legend and golf great Jack Nicklaus it underwent a major renovation in 2005 and reopened in the spring of 2006.
The club features two courses – Scarlet and Gray. The Scarlet Course has played host to numerous tournaments on the amateur and professional levels, including U.S. Open Qualifying, the Nationwide Tour’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational, AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions, several men’s and women’s Big Ten championships and NCAA regionals. The course also has hosted a record 14 women’s national and NCAA championships (most recently in 2006) and a record 10 men’s NCAA championships (most recently in 2002). It also is the site of Ohio State’s annual Robert Kepler Intercollegiate for the men’s team and Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational for the women’s team.
Composed of bent grass greens and fairways, the par 72, 6,264-yard Scarlet Course boasts a slope of 132 and a course rating of 73.9.
LADY BUCKEYE CHAMPS
The Buckeyes' win at home was their second victory of the season and their first at the Lady Buckeye since winning in 2009.
Also clinching a win was Rachel Rohanna. Leading after scores of 75 and 69 in day one, the Waynesburg, Pa., product carded a final round of 4-under 68 to take medalist honors by eight strokes. Totaling 212 (-4), Rohanna notched four birdies throughout round three and 11 throughout the two-day tournament.
After finishing runner-up at the tournament in 2010, the win was the first of Rohanna's career and made her the first Buckeye to earn medalist honors since In Hong Lim won the Lady Buckeye in 2009. Rohanna's 54-hole score was a tournament low when playing on Scarlet.