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Ohio Women's Golf's Spring Season Begins with Mid-American Match Play Challenge

Ohio women's golf junior Julie Lechner achieved her career-best single round score when she carded a 75 in the first round of the Redbird Invitational in the fall.

Feb. 2, 2014

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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio University women's golf team returns to action for its spring stanza on Monday (Feb. 3) when it travels to Lakewood Ranch, Fla. to tee-off in the Mid American Match Play Challenge. The Mid American Match Play Challenge marks Ohio's earliest spring season start in program history, and is the first of two Florida tournaments the Bobcats are to participate in this spring.

The Field
The two-day, 54-hole tournament boasts an eight-team seeded bracket that pits No. 4-seeded Ohio in opposition of No. 5-seeded Bradley. Tee-off time between the Bobcats and Braves is scheduled for 9 a.m. ET. Pending results, Ohio will go head-to-head against either tournament-host No. 2-seeded Bowling Green or No. 7-seeded Northern Illinois. The `Cats second round is set to begin at 1 p.m. ET. The final round will take place Tuesday (Feb. 4) morning.

The latter side of the bracket features MAC foes No. 1-seeded Toledo, No. 3-seeded Akron, and No. 6-seeded Western Michigan along with in-state foe No. 8-seeded Cleveland State. Golfstat rankings served as the basis for seeding results.

The Course
Lakewood Golf and Country Club's par-72 King's Dunes course will play host to the tournament. Built in 2004, the 5,935-yard course was designed by Arnold Palmer and Vicki Martz.

Bobcats Participating
Six Bobcats are set to travel to Florida for the tournament. Senior Kristen Helmsdoerfer (Westerville, Ohio) leads the charge as Ohio's top seed. Sophomore Angela Codian (Massillon, Ohio) and freshman Hailey Hrynewich (Muskegon, Mich.) represent the Green and White as the second and third seeds. Junior Julie Lechner (Powell, Ohio) sits as the fourth seed, followed by senior Kara Brinkmann (Middletown, Ohio) at five. Sophomore Lauren McKinzie (Medina, Ohio) rounds out the `Cats as their sixth seed.

Recapping The Fall
In only four tournaments, the `Cats dazzled the greens and put divots into the record books. In the Redbird Invitational (Sept. 8-9), Ohio's 918 54-hole score was second-best in program history and the team's best in 14 years. As a team, Ohio posted a 312.1 average, putting them on pace to break the 2004-05 team’s season average record of 313.58.

Helmsdoerfer broke her 36-hole best when she carded a 153 in the Rocket Classic (Oct. 14-15). She displayed senior poise, leading the team with a 77.75 average. In eight rounds on the course, she broke 80 only once.

In the Redbird Invitational record setting performance, Codian posted a three-round career-best 223 to move into a tie for third-best single 54-hole score in Ohio history. She saw two top-10 finishes in the fall and her 77.91 average was second-best on the team.

Hrynewich played beyond her years in her first season with Ohio. The freshman compiled a 78.64 average, placing her third on the team. Her 72 score in round one of the Nittany Lion Invitational (Sept. 27-29) marked the fall's best individual round score for the Bobcats.

Lechner achieved her career-best single round score when she carded a 75 in the first round of the Redbird Invitational. With the exception of the Preview (Oct. 7-8), she never shot above an 80.

Brinkmann showed great ability in improving her round-to-round scores in tournaments. In the second round of the Nittany Lion Invitational, she cut 10 strokes off her first round score. Brinkmann then slashed two strokes off her second round score on her way to tallying a 74 in the tournament's third round.

McKinzie set her 54-hole career-best with a 231 in the Redbird Invitational. She also tallied her single round career-best, 73, in the second round of the Redbird Invitational.

Up Next
The Bobcats resume spring competition next month (March 7-9), traveling to Arizona to take part in the Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational.