Coaches Therese Hession and Lisa Strom and the Ohio State women’s golf team have spent the last few days in Tulsa, OK of all places. Since that is where the NCAA is holding the D-I Women’s Golf Championship, that’s a good thing. Again, we’ll be bouncing back and forth to the Ohio State athletic department web site to fill you in on the specifics.
In the 24 team field, the Buckeyes put themselves in a position to hang around for another top-10 finish in these championships. At the end of the first round, they stood tied for 8th (T-8) place, slipped a bit to T-11 after 2 rounds and were at T-10 after 3 rounds. Pretty good, consistent golf over three days of play at Tulsa Country Club. Those were three pretty good rounds, but not nearly as good as their 4th round.
The Buckeyes shot an even par 280 to finish in a tie for 7th place with Arizona. Ohio State was led by senior Allison Harper and freshman Katja Pogacar, each shooting 5 over par for the four day event. Allison shot a 2 under par 68 in the final round, and was backed up by even par rounds of 70 by Zoe-Beth Brake and Claudia Lim. Both Harper and Pogacar finished tied for 16th place in individual play for the event.
I think this was a nice finish to Allison Harper’s career at Ohio State. As I mentioned in previous recaps, Allison was plagued a bit by inconsistency; combining really good rounds with some really mediocre rounds. Not this week when she was on the big stage with her team mates. Allison played very good golf all four rounds, and capped her career with an eye-blinkingly good final round. That is a big-time finish to a very nice career at Ohio State. Well done, Allison.
In fact, this was a nice finish to the 2013-2014 season for the Buckeyes. Congratulations to Coaches Hessian and Strom and to Allison Harper, Claudia Lim, Zoe-Beth Brake, Katja Pogacar and Jessica Porvasnik.