Strom and the Buckeyes prepare for the spring season

After a moderately successful fall, the women’s golf team is gearing up for a tough spring season. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State Department of Athletics

Head Coach Lisa Strom and the Buckeyes women’s golf team will enter the spring after a semi-successful fall season.

The team had two top 10 finishes across four tournaments in September and October, with its best result being a sixth-place finish out of 15 teams at the Mason Rudolph Invitational in Nashville, Tennessee.

Strom said the team is looking to start the spring season on the right foot with Monday’s Big Ten game in Palm Harbor, Fla.

Strom said Ohio State will not only be led by veterans like seniors Aneka Seumanutafa and Skylar Thompson, but new golfers as well.

“We have a lot of great young players who just step into their roles and get the job done,” Strom said. “They lead by example, and it’s very refreshing when you have younger, classic kids who have what it takes to push themselves.”

One of those young players is first-year golfer Faith Choi. A native of Frederick, Maryland, Choi is entering her first spring with the Buckeyes after a fall season in which she averaged 74.33, which ended as the team’s fourth-highest score.

Choi said she credits her teammates for helping her learn about college golf in her freshman season, especially after being homeschooled.

“They were a huge help in my transition from junior golf and being homeschooled my whole life to coming to this great school and playing college golf,” Choi said. “They have really been there for me in the most difficult times.”

Choi said Strom has prepared golfers for those difficult times this season as they prepare for their six regular season tournaments.

This will be the team’s first season in 30 years without Therese Hession, former director of golf for the men’s and women’s teams.

Hession was head coach of the Ohio State women’s golf team from 1991 to 2018, winning 11 Big Ten championships, two NCAA Coach of the Year honors and inducted into the NCAA Hall of Fame. Ohio State athletics in 2015.

Hession stepped down from coaching in 2018 and retired from his managerial role on January 7.

Strom, who played under Hession at Ohio State from 1995 to 1999, said his former coach had an effect not just on his players, but on Ohio State golf as a whole.

“We owe her a tremendous amount of gratitude and praise just for her vision and what she was able to bring to golf at Ohio State,” Strom said.

Ohio State follows its Big Ten opener in Palm Harbor with the UCF Challenge in Orlando, Florida. The Buckeyes will then compete in the Westbrook Invitational in Peoria, Arizona, before heading to Palos Verdes Estates, California for the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge.

Northrop Grumman is a tournament the Buckeyes have been playing for over 25 years. Choi said the team visited the course recently and are looking forward to playing the challenging course, one of the toughest they have played.

The team wraps up the regular season at the Ironwood Invitational in Greenville, North Carolina, before returning to Columbus for the Lady Buckeye Tournament at Ohio State Golf Club‘s Scarlet Course on April 15. This will be the last game for the Buckeyes before the Big Ten Tournament, which begins on April 22.

With the season starting in less than a week, Strom said she can’t wait to see what her team can accomplish.

“I think we have a lot of exciting things in store,” Strom said. “I think we’re really setting up for a great stretch run here and then in the playoffs.”