ATHENS, Ohio — Ohio women’s golf is set to compete in the 2017 Mid-American Conference Championships that runs from Friday, April 21 to Sunday, April 23. This year’s tournament is hosted by Kent State at the 6,177-yard Silver Lake Country Club in Silver Lake, Ohio. Par is set at 72 and teams tee-off starting at 10 a.m. on the first hole and 10:30 on the 10th hole.
Hrynewich led the team all season, competing in all 10 events. In 27 rounds she recorded 1,992 strokes for a 73.77 average. Her lowest round was 66 which she recorded at the Redbird Invitational in the third round. Hrynewich won two tournaments this season, including the KZoo Classic and the Dolores Black Falcon Invitational.
Pendy and Balish also competed in all 10 events this season. They averaged 79 and 79.85 respectively, both recording a low round of 71. Pendy’s low round came at the Mary Fossum Invitational in the third round, while Balish’s came at the River Landing Classic in the second round.
In 10 events and 27 rounds, Smiley recorded 2,126 strokes, averaging 78.74 this season. Her lowest round was 70 in round three of the Colonel Classic and her best finish was tied for third. Hughes competed in eight events this season. Through 22 rounds and 1,743 strokes, she averaged 79.22 with a low round of 73 at the Colonel Classic.
Ohio finished third in last year’s championship tournament, ending with a three round total of 882 (+18). Hrynewich was the low Bobcat, taking third overall with a three-round total of 214 (-2). Next was Hughes who tied for fourth with 216. Then was Angela Codian who tied for 15th with a score of 225 (+9). Up next was Pendy who tied for 27th with a score of 229 (+13). Lauren McKinzie rounded out the squad, finishing tied for 43rd with a score of 238 (+22).
Previously, Ohio has claimed second place three times ('01, '02, and '05) but is still looking for its first MAC championship victory.
The 2016 tournament marked a milestone year for Ohio that saw Hrynewich record the lowest round ever (67) by an individual at the tournament; the Bobcats earn the second-lowest third-round score (289) in program history; the first time since 1992 that two Ohio golfers were in the top five; and the lowest three-round total score in program history (882). Ohio’s third place finish at the tournament was also the best finish the team has earned under head coach Kelly Ovington. Additionally, the Bobcats score of 882 was the lowest under Ovington. The end of the tournament also saw McKinzie awarded the league’s Women’s Golf Sportswoman of the Year.
The Bobcats are coming off of the Spring Challenge Cup against Bowling Green on Saturday, April 15. Ohio won the tournament, finishing with 7.5 points to the Falcon’s 4.5. Prior to that, the Bobcats brought home the Dolores Black Falcon Invitational team championship, with Hrynewich bringing home the individual title.
Fans will be able to follow along to this year’s MAC Championships on golfstat.com.