College football season is well underway, especially as Eric has recapped, and it’s also college golf season, Fall edition. The golf season is broken into two segments, a Fall “season”, which runs early September through October and a Spring “season” which runs from February through May. The women’s Fall golf (four events) begins September 8th with the Chip-N-Club Invitational in Lincoln, NE. The men’s Fall golf (five events) begins September 5th with the Northern Intercollegiate in Sugar Grove, IL
Head Coach Therese Hession and Assistant Coach Lisa Strom will again field a young, talented and proven team. The eight-person team features returning sophomores Jessica Porvasnik, Zoe-Beth Brake and Katja Pogacar. As freshmen, all three earned All-Big Ten honors, with Porvasnik also honored as B1G Freshman of the Year and B1G Player of the Year. Speaking of honors, Coach Hession was named 2014 National Coach of the Year by Golfweek Magazine.
This team has a nice composition to it, a bit of an international flavor, if you will. The Buckeyes have a player from Columbia (Lina Aquillon), Japan (Rio Watanabe), Thailand (Jan Chanpalangsri), Australia (Claudia Lim), New Zealand (Zoe-Beth Brake), Slovenia (Katja Pogacar) and two from Ohio (Sheridan Balyeat, Jessica Porvasnik).
Head Coach Donnie Darr and Assistant JJ Wood lead an experienced and talented team onto the course this season. Senior Boo Timko and Junior Tee-k Kelly anchor this squad with solid credentials. Timko has been named, twice each, to the PING All-Midwest Region and All-Big Ten Second team. Timko tied for most rounds played (36) and led the Buckeyes in average score (72.94). Boo has also earned Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete recognition. Last season, Kelly tied with Timko for most rounds played and was 3rd on the team in stroke average (73.92).
Unlike the Ohio State women’s team, Darr’s squad is a bit more “domesticated”. Of the twelve player team, seven players are from Ohio. The longest “commute” is Trey Sullivan of Katy, TX.
Please check back in next Tuesday, and every Tuesday through October for recaps and commentary on Ohio State Buckeye Golf.