Women’s Golf: B1G (Co-)Champions!

Written April 28th, 2014 by Ken

Jessica Porvasnik

As my wife mentions, often enough, if you want something done right, “let a woman do it”.  So, Urban, Thad, please follow along. Coaches Therese Hession and Lisa Strom have their team on a roll and sit as co-champions the in B1G Women’s Golf Tourney.  This comes a week after the team hosting, and winning the Lady Buckeye Invitational.

Freshman Jessica Porvasnik was a tournament medalist (lowest score) at an even par 216. The 2nd lowest score for the tournament came from OSU’s  Zoe-Beth Brake. The freshman shot a 3-over 219.

You may have noticed a bit of commonality; the two top scorers are Buckeyes and they are Freshmen. Based on this season, other Big Ten teams need to have Jessica and Zoe-Beth get an itch to leave for the LPGA early, otherwise it will be a long three years for them.

I want to point out that in addition to their high-level coaching, Hession and Strom have shown the capability to recruit quality young ladies to join the Ohio State program.

Finally, I want to point out the “never quit” attitude of Senior Allison Harper. As you may recall. Allison highlighted her regular season the previous week (Lady Buckeye Invitational) with a hole-in-one.  That’s impressive. The following is also impressive; despite a horrific opening round (hint: a score that I could have shot) Allison turned into a “grinder” the final two rounds with a 79 (not bad) and a 73 (really good). This is a great example of a Senior fighting through her “B” game to make a significant contribution to the team in a meaningful tournament.

The next event is the NCAA Regional, selections and pairing to be announced later. Stay tuned.

 Update: The Buckeyes are in the Central Region, played at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, OK. The event will be conducted May 8-10.  Eight teams and two individuals will advance to the May 20-23 finals. There are 24 teams in each (East, Midwest, West) Region.


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