June 26, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Former Buckeyes Rachel Rohanna and Amy Meier of the Ohio State women's golf team each earned a spot to compete among the world's best at the 2013 U.S. Women's Open. The pair and the rest of the field will compete on the par 72, 6,821-yard Sebonack Golf Club, June 27-30, in Southampton, N.Y.
Rohanna qualified for the national championship after finishing second at the Butler Country Club (Butler, Pa.) with a 153 on May 13. The qualification is the first for Rohanna as a professional and second overall. The 2012 Ohio State graduate competed as an amateur at the 2011 U.S. Women's Open in Colorado Springs.
"The biggest difference between playing as an amateur two years ago and now as a pro is just the experience of being here," Rohanna said. "I'm glad I got my first Open under my belt as an amateur. I now have an idea of how the course will be set up and how to approach the tournament mentally and physically."
Meier, who graduated this past May, will make her first appearance at the national championship. The Rochester Hills, Mich., product carded a 144 at the St. Louis qualifier on May 30 and finished as the first alternate. It wasn't until Monday morning that Meier found out she made it into the field of 156 athletes.
"All I can say is that I'm thrilled and a little nervous," Meier said. "I found out Monday morning, but I'm not sure it has hit me yet. I'm sure it will when I step up on that first tee Thursday!"
Rohanna competed for the Buckeyes from 2009 through the fall of 2012. She was a two-time All-NCAA Central Region team (2011, 2012) and First Team All-Big Ten honoree (2010, 2012). Meier donned the Scarlet and Gray from 2009-13 and earned back-to-back All-Big Ten first team accolades (2012, 2013).
Rohanna is set to tee off Thursday morning at 7:07 a.m. ET off hole No. 10, while Meier tees off at 12:41 p.m. ET from hole No. 1.
The U.S. Women's Open will be televised 3-7 p.m. on ESPN2 Thursday and Friday and from 2:30-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on NBC. Live results can be found here.