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Jaclyn Lee set Ohio State record for top-NCAA finish in women’s golf

Plus, Eli Apple is making his clean slate with the Giants count, and some Big Ten honors for the baseball team.

Canadian Pacific Women's Open - Round One Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

“Recording the best finish in school history means a lot to me,” Lee said. “It would’ve been great to go out there and win it today but I put myself in some difficult situations on the golf course and recovered on the last hole. I played my heart out and that’s all I can ask for.”

-Jaclyn Lee via Ohio State Athletics

The Ohio State women’s golf team finished this year’s NCAA Tournament in 23rd place, at 62-over. After a slow start, four of the five Buckeyes in the field shot their best round of the tournament in Sunday’s round.

It may not have been enough to make it to the final round as a team — only the top 15 teams advancing, and top nine individuals not on an advancing team — but junior Jaclyn Lee had done enough to make it to Monday’s final round. Lee actually was tied for third heading into the final round, but ended up falling to No. 5, thanks to a couple bogeys and a double-bogey on the back 9.

Dropping a couple of spots should be the least of her concerns, considering it’s still the top individual finish in Ohio State program history. She literally “one-upped” the former record-holder, Kristen White, who tied for sixth in the 2003 and 2004 NCAA Championships.

Lee not only set the school record in the tournament, but she also finished with the second-best total in par-4 shooting, and claimed the third-most birdies (18) during her NCAA run. Aside from the tournament, she also crushed the individual single-season scoring record at Ohio State with a 71.14 — the former best was 72.58.

“I am extremely proud of how Jaclyn competed this week,” Therese Hession, Ohio State head coach, said. “Her progress this year has been phenomenal and I know she will continue to get even better. I’m so excited for her and the future.”

The best news out of this year’s NCAA finish is that Jaclyn Lee still has a year left at Ohio State, and if she keeps up this pace, she might earn a medal by this time next year.

“Was I embarrassed? Of course. Nobody wants to go out the way I went out,” he said “I’m just trying to be a better player, a better person, a better teammate this year.”

-Eli Apple via Ed Valentine, Big Blue View

It was a tough 2017 season for former Ohio State DB Eli Apple. Despite the New York Giants having a slew of internal problems and personnel issues — everyone knew benching the other Eli (Manning) would cause problems within the organization — Apple had a host of off-the-field matters creep into his routine and ultimately result in his benching at the end of the season. Whether it was for a lack of effort or fighting with a coach, things did not end well in late-December.

In addition to his personal life affecting his play, his poor attitude was seeping into his relationship with his teammates, with several speaking out against the Buckeye as the 2017 season wrapped up. Fortunately for Apple, the Giants made several changes to the front office and coaching staff following the team’s last game, and incoming head coach Pat Shurmur was committed to giving him a second chance.

“I’m sure glad that I truly believe in a clean slate,” Shurmur said, according to Big Blue View. “He’s been nothing but professional, he’s been out here competing, he’s one of the guys that has been here almost every single day and I haven’t seen anything that somebody might have thought I heard. He’s been great.”

Apple has always had a ton of potential, but harnessing that into actual positive momentum has been a challenge thus far. He’s off to a great start in preparing for 2018, dedicated to having a better attitude and commitment to the team, as well as being a bit more humble. His decision to face the media— and all of the issues from last season— head on during the first media session of OTAs is a good sign for things to come.

“The Big Ten on Tuesday announced the 2018 baseball individual award winners and All-Big Ten teams, as selected by the conference coaches.”

-Big Ten Conference

As baseball teams throughout the conference prepare for the first round of the Big Ten Tournament — which gets underway on Wednesday — the list of All-B1G teams and award winners were announced on Tuesday.

Among those earning post-season conference honors were a handful of Buckeyes, including:

All-Big Ten First Team
3B - Noah McGowan

All-Big Ten Second Team
OF - Dominic Canzone
RP - Seth Kinker

All-Big Ten Third Team
OF - Tyler Cowles
UTIL - Conner Pohl

All-Big Ten Freshman Team
OF - Dillon Dingler

Sportsmanship Award Honoree
Adam Niemeyer

The Buckeyes open their Big Ten Tournament play against Purdue at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday — assuming they advance, there’s a good chance Ohio State will face rival Michigan in the next round of the title run.

Schedule Updates

The 2018-19 schedules were released for wrestling, and men’s hockey. You can take a look at them below:

Wrestling schedule: click here

Men’s hockey schedule: click here