Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Buckeye Comes Away With LPGA Volvik Championship Exemption

It was a good day for an Ohio State Buckeye in Ann Arbor Tuesday afternoon at Travis Pointe Country Club.

Rachel Rohanna, an OSU alum, posted a 38 (+2) during the nine-hole portion of the LPGA Volvik Championship Great Lakes Shootout qualifier and just squeezed into a five-person playoff for the final two spots. She advanced with a par on nine and then turned it on during the three-hole shootout.

The reward for the afternoon–an exemption into next week’s LPGA Volvik Championship at Travis Pointe.

“It feels great to finally get into a LPGA tournament this year,” said Rohanna, who still has partial LPGA status. “It was a little tricky today with the different format; you had to take risks and hopefully get rewarded. I played really well during the three holes (shootout), so I’m happy to be going into next week.”

Rohanna advanced to 18 with pars on 16 and 17 and then hit a great approach on 18 to two feet and rolled in a birdie to defeat Allyssa Ferrell, who made par. Ferrell, now on the Symetra Tour, played her college golf at Michigan State,

The field started as a 12-player qualifier. After nine holes, the top four advanced to the shootout. Emma Jandel had the low 9-hole score of 2-under, 34 while Ferrell was second with a 1-under, 35. Sarah Burnham, a senior at Michigan State, advanced in the playoff along with Rohanna.

Burnham was eliminated during a skills competition on hole 16. After all four had made par, they went to the green side bunker for a closest to the pin competition and Burnham left her bunker shot short. Jandel was eliminated on hole 17 when she hit her drive into the hazard and had to punch out.

Rohanna is coming off a fourth-place finish on the Symetra Tour on Sunday at the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic and is excited about the direction of her game.

“My game has been feeling good all year, and it is trending in the right direction,” said Rohanna. “I’ve learned that even when I’m having a setback, I have to keep grinding away. I switched putters last week, and everything has been going great, so I love it.”

Rohanna, who played at Ohio State from 2009-2013, surprisingly said that everyone in Ann Arbor has been treating her well and she’s ready for another crack at the LPGA Volvik Championship.

“Ann Arbor is not too bad of a place so far,” said Rohanna. “Everyone seems to be very nice, which is very unusual because people in Columbus don’t treat the Wolverines very nice. In all seriousness, I’m really excited to play next week, and Volvik is putting on a great show. I’m really happy to be in Big Ten country.”

Rohanna, who finished tenth on the Symetra Tour money list in 2015, played at Travis Pointe last year and missed the cut.

The Great Lakes Shootout featured some of the top Big Ten representatives on the 2017 Symetra Tour money list along with college players from Detroit Mercy, Wayne State, Eastern Michigan, Michigan and Michigan State.

The 2017 LPGA Volvik Championship will be played May 22-28 at Travis Pointe.

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