NCAA Women’s Golf: OSU Finishes in Top Ten

Written May 24th, 2014 by Ken

Some really good golfers

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.



Buckeye Women’s Golf: Pre-NCAA’s

Written May 20th, 2014 by Ken

Jessica Porvasnik

We’ll be scooting back & forth to the Ohio State athletics web site for the gory detail, but I do want to get a couple items covered before the Buckeyes complete their NCAA event this week.

COTY (again)

First, Coach Therese Hession was named Big Ten Coach of the Year. This is a very nice honor. And, Coach Hession has done this before; this is her 7th COTY award in her 23 seasons as head coach. Think about that for a second. For every third year (or so), Therese has been recognized as the best at what she does. That’s pretty impressive.

Player Honors

In previous articles on the OSU women’s golf team, I’ve mentioned how loaded they are with talent in underclassmen, particularly freshmen. Other folks must have noticed as well, and have done something about it.

Freshman Jessica Porvasnik was awarded double honors; she was recognized as B1G Player of the Year and B1G Freshman of the Year. Freshman Zoe-Beth Brake also joined Porvasnik as 1st Team All-Conference and Freshman Katja Pogacar was named 2nd Team All-Conference. Junior  Claudia Lim rounded out the award winners as a Sportsmanship Honoree.

These are all significant awards. Congratulations, Buckeyes.

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Womens Golf: Tulsa Time

Written May 12th, 2014 by Ken

Zoe-Beth Brake

The Ohio State Women’s Golf Team played in the Stillwater, OK Regional with the intent to qualify (as one of  the top eight team) to advance to the NCAA Championships May 20-23, in Tulsa. OK. Well, qualify they did, finishing in a tie for 5th place (Kansas) to advance to the Dance. I’m not sure that spending two weekends in May in Oklahoma is a real good time, but if you have to do it to qualify for the NCAA Championships, I guess it’s OK.

You can catch the gory detail on the link; basically the Buckeyes had “not too bad” 1st and 3rd rounds, but they truly made their mark in Friday’s 2nd round. In LPGA/PGA lingo, Saturday (the day before the final round) is known as “moving day”, where a golfer needs to go low (in relation to par) to set herself/himself up for a good finish in the final round.

Well, the Buckeyes ‘moved’ on moving day, and how! Their 2nd round 288 (combined score of low four golfers) was 2nd best of the entire Regional qualifier (UCLA 287 was best) and even par for the day. At one point in the 2nd round Ohio State’s team score was -5 (5 under par), which is  jaw-droppingly good. The round flattened out a bit as they finished at even par, which is still a very good score. Very good.

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Men’s Golf: Off to the Regionals!

Written May 5th, 2014 by Ken

osu mens golf

The Ohio State Men’s Golf team was selected this morning to participate in the 2014 Super Regionals. Coach Darr will take the Buckeyes to The Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, MO.  From The Golf Channel, here is Ohio State’s Region:

The Club at Old Hawthorne, in Columbia, Mo.:

Teams: Oklahoma State, Virginia, LSU, Arkansas, Arizona State, Iowa, San Diego State, Missouri, Iowa State, Middle Tennessee State, Ohio State, Denver, Loyola (Md.), Bryant

Individuals: Pep Angles (Central Arkansas); Matt Mabrey (Tulsa); Logan McCracken (Tulsa); Daniel Wood (Kansas State); Alex Taylor (Fairfield)

There were 78 teams assigned to 6 Regions, as well as select individuals invited whose teams were not. The Regionals will be played from May 15-17. The low 5 teams from each Region and low individual from the non-qualifying teams will be invited to the NCAA Championship.

Congratulations to the Buckeyes for their selection. Fairways and greens, men.

Men’s Golf: B1G Tournament

Written May 4th, 2014 by Ken

BooCoaches Donnie Darr and Ryan Potter led the Ohio State Men’s Golf team to French Lick, IN this weekend for the Big Ten Championship Tournament. The Ohio State Men’s Golf team placed 6th in the event. The team put themselves in good position after their 2nd round 294, the best score of any competitor for the first two rounds. However, they couldn’t build on that in their 3rd round and slipped a spot to 5th place going into the event’s final round.

The host course is French Lick Resort, a par 72, 7,152 yard challenge. The Buckeyes were in contention through the first three rounds, with a team aggregate score of +45 (45 over par), putting them in 5th place. They were two strokes out of 4th place and only 6 strokes out of 2nd place. However, despite an impressive final round of 297, they could not make up any ground and they finished in 6th place, 1 stroke from 5th place and another stroke short of 4th place. Aagh! Had a putt dropped here or there during any round and the Buckeyes would have been a top four finisher.

The Buckeyes were led by Boo Timko’s 9 over par 297. Boo came up big in the final round, shooting an even par 72. Boo did have a couple of highlights this weekend. In the 1st round, he scored an eagle-2 on the 429-yard par 4 11th hole, and in the 2nd round when he got a hole-in-one on the 181-yard par 3 13th hole. Yes, there’s some luck involved, but that’s some pretty impressive ball-striking by Mr. Timko.

Also playing well for OSU was Tee-k Kelly who shot an 11 over par 299. He had the best individual round of any Buckeye by shooting a 1-under par 71 in the 2nd round. He started that round with a double bogey (never a good start), went birdie-bogey on holes #3 and #4, then put together close to 3 hours of outstanding golf. He played the next 14 holes in 3 under par. That is just scorching the course!

Oh, by the way, the B1G Tourney was won by Minnesota, whose total score of 1186 beat Illinois by 4 strokes. For comparison, Ohio State was 20 strokes behind Minnesota.  It sounds like a lot, but it’s really only a difference of 1 stroke per player for each of the 4 rounds.

Weekend Wonderings

Written May 3rd, 2014 by Ken

thinking chimpWelcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings.  I expect to see a good many ‘May flowers’ in western NY, since we’re getting quite a bit of ‘April showers’.   Grab whatever beverage that you need and let’s proceed. Go ahead, I’ll wait…

The James/Wexner:

We have a couple of things today. First up is a clever, to me, “cross-use” of an old technique to help address another issue. Remember/familiar with nicotine patches as a tool to wean smokers off cigarettes? Here’s a tweak to the idea to use the patch as a cancer drug delivery system.

“.. investigators at (OSUCCC – James) hope soon to begin clinical testing of an adhesive medicated patch that releases an anticancer drug called fenretinide directly into precancerous oral lesions to help prevent malignancy. The patch is designed to hold the medication in place so that none of it spreads to the rest of the body, diminishing potential side effects.”

DoubleHelixThe article is a short, interesting read; it is a great example that even if you have  a drug that has efficacy against a disease, you still need to deliver it efficiently to take advantage of its properties.

Moving along, I hope that you don’t need this, but here is a link to Clinical Trials at OSUCCC. It may be a good idea to bookmark this link, just in case..


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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.


Non-Revenue: Golf Update

Written April 24th, 2014 by Ken

Frederick Hammer

Men’s Golf 

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.

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