Lady Buckeyes Bounce Opposition
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's golf team shot 295 Sunday in the final round to claim first-place honors in the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational. The Buckeyes won the tournament with a mark of 886, in front of second-place Kent State (916) and Indiana (924). The event was held at the par-72 University Scarlet Course (6,037 yards) in Columbus.
Ohio State sophomore Kristen White (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) tied the tournament record with a mark of 214 to win the individual title. Bethany Overstake of Ohio State also shot a 214 at the event in 1998. White broke a school and course record with a career-low 66 in the first round followed by two rounds of 74. The win marked the second title of her career as she also finished first at the Central District Invitational in February.
Teammate Allison Hanna (Jr., Portland, Ore./David Douglas) shot 72 in the final round to finish in second place with a score of 223 (72-79-72). Lindsay Knowlton (So., Toronto, Ontario/Havergal) also had a strong performance as she tied for fourth place at 225 (74-76-75).
'Overall, I am very proud of all the players,' Therese Hession, OSU head coach, said. 'It was great to see the players at the fourth, fifth and sixth positions to step up and contribute. They work hard and want to contribute. The win is a good confidence builder heading into Big Tens. It was a solid win at home and we had good scores in the tournament.'
The Buckeyes will aim for their second consecutive Big Ten title at the Big Ten Championships April 25-27 in Iowa City, Iowa.
TEAM STANDINGS (PAR 72) RD1 RD2 RD3 TOTAL
1. OHIO STATE (Scarlet) 289 302 295 886
2. Kent State 304 305 307 916
3. Indiana 308 309 307 924
4. Northwestern 313 303 312 928
5. Minnesota 317 314 317 948
6. Ohio 322 316 318 956
7. Ohio State (Gray) 330 310 320 960
8. Toledo 317 325 321 963
9. Eastern Michigan 332 327 316 975
Bowling Green 326 325 324 975
11. Methodist 336 329 326 991
12. Marshall 339 354 344 1037
LEADERBOARD RD1 RD2 RD3 TOTAL
1. Kristen White, Ohio State 66* 74 74 214^
2. Allison Hanna, Ohio State 72 79 72 223
3. Elizabeth Burden, N'western 73 75 76 224
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Fowler among 5 to skip WGC-Match Play
ORLANDO, Fla. – Five of the top 64 players in the world will skip next week’s WGC-Dell Match Play.
Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott all will miss the second WGC event of the year, held next week at Austin Country Club.
As a result, the last man into the field is world No. 69 Luke List. Kevin Na, Charles Howell III, Joost Luiten and Keegan Bradley also got into the field.
Julian Suri and Bill Haas are the first two alternates, if anyone else withdraws from the round-robin-style match-play event.
This is the second year in a row that Rose, Fowler, Stenson and Scott will not play in Austin. Koepka reached the quarterfinals each of the past two years, but he is still recovering from a wrist injury.
The final seeding for the event will be determined after this week’s tournaments. The bracket show is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, live on Golf Channel.
Korda happy to finally be free of jaw pain
PHOENIX – Jessica Korda isn’t as surprised as everyone else that she is playing so well, so quickly, upon her return from a complex and painful offseason surgery.
She is inspired finally getting to play without recurring headaches.
“I’d been in pain for three years,” she said after posting a 4-under-par 68 Friday to move two shots off the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.
Korda had her upper jaw broken in three places and her low jaw broken in two places in December in a procedure that fixed the alignment of her jaw.
Korda, 25, said the headaches caused by her overbite even affected her personality.
“Affects your moods,” Korda said. “I think I was pretty snappy back then as well.”
She was pretty pleased Friday to give herself a weekend chance at her sixth LPGA title, her second in her last three starts. She won the Honda LPGA Thailand three weeks ago in her first start after returning from surgery.
“I'm much happier now,” Korda said. “Much calmer.”
Even if she still can’t eat the things she would really like to eat. She’s still recuperating. She said the lower part of her face remains numb, and it’s painful to chew crunchy things.
“Chips are totally out of question,” Korda said.
She can eat most things she likes, but she has to cut them into tiny pieces. She can’t wait to be able to eat a steak.
“They broke my palate, so I can't feel anything, even heat,” Korda said. “So that's a bit difficult, because I can't feel any heat on my lip or palate. I don't know how hot things are going in until they hit my throat.”
Korda has 27 screws in her skull holding the realignment together. She needed her family to feed her, bathe her and dress her while she recovered. The procedure changed the way she looks.
While Korda’s ordeal and all that went into her recovery has helped fans relate to her, she said it’s the desire to move on that motivates her.
“Because I was so drugged up, I don't remember a lot of it,” Korda said. “I try to forget a lot of it. I don't think of it like I went through a lot. I just think of it as I'm pain-free. So, yeah, people are like, `Oh, you're so brave, you overcame this and that.’ For me, I'm just going forward.”
Finally adapted to short putter, Martin near lead
PHOENIX – Mo Martin loved her long putter.
In fact, she named her “Mona.”
For 10 years, Martin didn’t putt with anything else. She grew up with long putters, from the time she started playing when she was 5.
While Martin won the Ricoh Women’s British Open in 2014, about nine months after giving up Mona for a short putter, she said it’s taken until today to feel totally comfortable with one.
And that has her excited about this year.
Well, that and having a healthy back again.
“I've had a feeling that this year was going to be a good one,” Martin said. “My game is in a special place.”
Martin was beaming after a 6-under-par 66 Friday moved her two shots off the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.
“Just a beautiful day,” Martin said. “I was able to play my game, make my putts.”
Martin hit all 14 fairways in the second round, hit 15 greens in regulation and took just 27 putts. After struggling with nagging back pain last year, she’s pain free again.
She’s happy to “just to get back to a place now where my ball striking is where it has been the last few years.”
Martin, by the way, says Mona remains preserved in a special place, “a shrine” in her home.