When we last reported on the intrepid Ohio State men’s golf team, they were showing signs of life with several improved Spring performances and prepping for the Boilermaker Invitational. Well, the work paid off with the Buckeyes finishing in 5th place as a team and Boo Timko finished 4th in the individual medal play. Timko put together rounds of 76-66-71. The highlight was probably Frederick Hammer’s hole-in-one (4-iron, 220 yds) in the final round. Although Hammer finished t-47th (of 81 golfers) his ace buoyed his spirits, no doubt. I know it would mine..
A couple of thoughts. First, a 220 yard par-3 is an obscenely long par-3. I would need a lot more club than a 4-iron to reach it. Although there are long odds (5,000 – 1, low handicap amateur) there is a good bit of luck to get an ‘ace’, but it starts with the tee shot. If it’s well struck and on line, “luck” will tend to side with you.
The Buckeyes ended the 1st round of the 3-round event tied for 12th place (of 15 teams), then moved up to 7th place after the 2nd round before finishing the weekend in 5th.
Next up for the Buckeyes is a trip to French Lick, IN on May 2-4 for the Big Ten Championships.
The 28th ranked women’s team had a very successful weekend as they defended their home course (The Scarlet Course) by winning the Lady Buckeye Invitational. The team shot a 292 and won by 8 strokes over Michigan State and Kent State.
Head Coach Therese Hession and Asst Coach Lisa Strom have done a nice job of rebuilding this team. The Buckeyes had four players finish in the Top Ten, with freshmen Jessica Porvasnik and Katja Pogacar tying for third place, junior Claudia Lim placing 6th and another freshman, Zoe-Beth Brake finishing in 10th place.
Although finishing in a tie for 13th (not bad) senior Allison Harper also had an ace by holing out a 160 yard 7-iron. A very nice way to finish hr last regular season event. Congratulations, Allison, well done.
Next up for the Buckeyes is a trip to French Lick, IN on April 25-27 for the Big Ten Championships.