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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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.


Monday Musings

Written May 13th, 2013 by Ken


Welcome to another Monday Musings. I’m glad that you stopped in. Grab a coffee and have a seat. Frankly, I’m a bit light on sports this week, so we’ll start there.


A big week for Orlando Pace, who was elected into the Collegiate Football Hall of Fame. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve seen a lot of quality offensive linemen play at Ohio State, but I think that Pace was one of the most dominant linemen I’ve seen. He obviously institutionalized the ‘pancake’ block, while possessing very good strength and extraordinary agility for a per his size. This was a very well deserved honor bestowed upon Mr. Pace.

Women’s Golf

The NCAA tournament is upon us with the Regionals being played May 9-11. Coach Hessian’s Ohio State team will be traveling to Palo Alto to compete in the Western Region. I’ll have recap in an upcoming Musing. Good luck Buckeyes.

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Monday Musings

Written May 6th, 2013 by Ken

 Welcome to another Monday Musings episode, I’m glad that you stopped in. Grab your beverage of choice and let’s get to this.

A Bit of Context

This past Saturday marked the 43rd anniversary of one of the more horrific events in war/policy protest, free speech exercises, 1st Amendment type of stuff. May 4th 1970 was a sobering, tragic day at Kent State University; the day of the Kent State Shootings when 4 students were killed and nine injured. May 1970 was spring of my freshman year at Muskingum, which is just less than two hours south of KSU.

The period of late 60’s/early 70’s was a turbulent period; really the first that I can remember of an “us vs. them” mentality. Somehow the fact that we were all Americans escaped a lot of people. As a nation, we’ve seen much worse, and managed to work our way through it. There is currently divisiveness in various political/social topics. Frankly, the “us vs. them” mindset is a false dichotomy. My father had a saying that’s appropriate here; “folks are the same as people”. Indeed. So my advice is to relax, we’ll get through this.

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Monday Musings

Written April 29th, 2013 by Ken

“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.” Immanuel Kant

Welcome to another episode of Monday Musings, thank you for stopping in to see us. A little light this week, but when has that ever stopped us? Grab your coffee and let’s proceed.

The James/Wexner

I’m going to give you the link to the latest news regarding The James work regarding breast cancer. As a reminder to the horrific nature and prevalence of the disease, here.

A new study led by researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) suggests that an unusual experimental drug can reduce breast-cancer aggressiveness, reverse resistance to the drug fulvestrant and perhaps improve the effectiveness of other breast-cancer drugs.

Men’s Gymnastics

Yes, we have a national champion… redshirt junior Michael Newburger is national championship on the pommel horse. Michael is now a two-time All-American.

Michael Newberger.. National Champion

I don’t know much about gymnastics, but  do know that their level of athleticism is damn impressive, especially the ability to seemingly levitate and in Newburger’s case, fly over and around the horse. Congratulations Michael.

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Monday Musings

Written April 22nd, 2013 by Ken

It’s starting to make sense now…

Welcome to another Monday Musings episode, glad that you stopped by. We made it past the Spring Game and now enter relative sports doldrums. Nonetheless, we’ll come up with something. First stop is The James, then we’ll wend our way through various sports and wind things up on a lighter note. After the horrendous week the nation has gone through, let’s get settled in for something fairly harmless. So, grab your cuppa joe and let’s go.

The James/Wexner

Several updates on the medical front this week. Below are lead-ins, please click on titles to view the articles.


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Lung cancer expert David P. Carbone, M.D., Ph.D., who leads the thoracic oncology center at The James, received the Sixth Annual Landon Foundation – AACR INNOVATOR Award for International Collaboration in Cancer Research presented by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the Kirk A. and Dorothy P. Landon Foundation at the AACR Annual Meeting 2013, held in Washington, D.C., April 6-10.

 The Award for International Collaboration in Cancer Research supports an established international cancer research collaboration involving institutes in multiple countries by supplementing existing funding and providing the means to facilitate travel, training in new techniques and disseminating scientific knowledge gained from the collaboration.

 A great example of the staff at OSUCCC-James driving research on an international scale. Cancer knows no borders, nor does The James research collaborations.

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