Therese Hession & senior Vicky Villanueva
June 20, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Following a 22nd place finish at the 2012 NCAA Championship and an overall record of 143-49-2, the Ohio State women's golf team held its annual end of the year banquet June 1 at the Ohio State Golf Club.
Notching the team's Player of the Year Award and Most Improved accolade was junior Rachel Rohanna who led Ohio State at nationals in a tie for 14th. The Waynesburg, Pa., native, who also earned slots on the All-Regional and First Team All-Big Ten squads, posted the Buckeyes' lowest stroke average at 74.34 through 12 events that included seven rounds under par and eight top 20 placements.
Also earning a place on the First Team All-Big Ten squad was junior captain Amy Meier who tallied five top 10 finishes and a stroke average of 75.03. Meier, from Rochester Hills, Mich., also received the Captain Award, Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, Power Club Award and Mental Toughness Award.
Kendall Prince, the rookie from Lake Oswego, Ore., earned the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award for her performances during the season that included two rounds in the 60s and three top 5 finishes. Prince, who tallied the second-lowest stroke average at 75.03, was also named to the Second Team All-Big Ten squad.
Joining Prince on the Big Ten second team was junior Susana Benavides who tallied a stroke average of 76.43 through 41 rounds. Close behind with a mark of 76.75 was freshman Claudia Lim who earned the Helen Freyhof `Go Bucks' Award.
For their academic achievements, Benavides, Meier, Rohanna, Lim and Prince, along with senior Vicky Villanueva and freshmen Jan Chanpalangsri and Sheridan Balyeat were named Ohio State scholar athletes.