Nov. 15, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Head coach Therese Hession of the Ohio State women's golf team announced Wednesday the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. The Buckeyes will welcome Jessica Porvasnik, Katja Pogačar and Ileen Domela Nieuwenhuis for the 2013-14 season.
"I am thrilled to announce the signing of Jessica, Katja and Ileen," Hession said. "These athletes will add a lot of talent and athletic ability to our team next season. They are all excellent students and will be very competitive in the classroom as well as the golf course. They will elevate the Buckeyes not only in the Big Ten Conference, but on the national level as well and I look forward to the privilege to coach all three."
Porvasnik hails from Hinckley, Ohio, where she attends Highland High School. A four-year starter for the Hornets, Porvasnik recently won the 2012 Ohio Division I state individual title and tied the Division I record with a 140 at the OSU Golf Club in October. She led her team to a state runner-up finish in 2012. Porvasnik was named First Team All-Ohio, First Team Suburban League and Most Valuable Player by the Medina Gazette and Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Pogačar is from Ljubljana, Slovenia, and has been a member of numerous Slovenian National teams since 2005. She was a four-time (2008-12) Slovenian national champion and also captured first place at the 2012 Leone di San Marco tournament. Pogačar took first at the 2012 Hungarian Ladies Amateur and won the 2011 Czech Amateur Championship, while finishing third in 2012. She tied for 20th at the 2012 European Ladies Amateur Championship.
Nieuwenhuis is from Waalre, Netherlands, and has been a member of the Eindhovensche Golf Club since 2006. She captured the National Open in 2011 and again in 2012. Prior to that, Nieuwenhuis won the 2008 Future Tour title and 2010 U18 Dutch Championship. She has competed in a handful of top European championships, including the 2011 and 2012 European Ladies Amateur Championships and the 2012 World Cup.