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.
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.
Congratulations to Ohio State’s Blaz Rola, who is the NCAA Men’s Singles Champion after besting Virginia’s Jarmere Jenkins 7-6(8), 6-4 on Monday!
5/23-25 - On Thursday, the No. 2 seed Buckeyes opened Big Ten Tournament play with a 3-2 win over No. 3 seed Nebraska. In the ninth inning, with the bases loaded, Troy Kuhn walked to plate Pat Porter to give Ohio State the win. Zach Ratcliff was 3 for 4 for Ohio State, tallying his second multi-hit game of his collegiate career. On Friday, the Buckeyes lost to 1-seed Indiana 11-3. Kuhn was 2-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs for the Bucks. On Saturday, Ohio State was eliminated from the tournament by Nebraska with a 5-0 loss. Jacob Bosiokovic was 2 for 3 for the Buckeyes, tallying his 14th multi-hit game of the season. Ohio State will find out its NCAA fate on Monday.
5/18 – Ohio State was defeated by Cornell in the NCAA quarterfinals by a score of 16-6 after winning in the first round with a 16-6 defeat of Towson. Logan Schuss and Jesse King both posted three points for the Bucks. Ohio State finished the season 13-4, the most for the team since 1978. It was the second NCAA tournament appearance for the team, the other coming in 2008.