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Ohio Women’s Golf Opens Spring Season at 2019 Spring Challenge Cup

Ohio Women’s Golf Opens Spring Season at 2019 Spring Challenge Cup

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. –The Ohio women's golf team opened its 2019 spring schedule Saturday (Feb. 2) at the 2019 Spring Challenge Cup. The event between Ohio and Bowling Green took place at the Lakewood Ranch Country,with the challenge featuring foursome matches, four-ball matches and single matches, combining for a total of 12 points to be earned throughout the day. Bowling Green won this year's challenge by a score of 8-4.

In the morning foursome matches, senior Emily Hughes (Columbus, Ohio) and sophomore Ashley Flynn (Dublin, Ohio) took on Erin Fahey and Nichole Cox, falling to the Falcon duo, 2 & 1. The Bobcats' team of senior Nicole Smiley (Dublin, Ohio) and junior Marissa Balish (Allison Park, Pa.) fell to Julia Durkin and Sammi Blackburn, 4 & 3, while freshmen Catherine Loftus (Roswell, Ga.) and Alicia Porvasnik (Hinckley, Ohio) defeated BGSU's Jessica Madry and Sarah Kern, 2 & 1, giving the Falcons the 2-1 advantage. 

Next, in the four-ball matches, Hughes and Flynn would fall to Fahey and Cox, 2 UP, while Smiley and Balish defeated Durkin and Blackburn, 1 UP. The final pairing of Loftus and Porvasnik would fall to Madry and Kern, 2 UP, securing the Falcon's 2-1 victory in the event. 

The afternoon singles matches, which were shortened to nine holes due to rain earlier in the day, would see Balish and Cox finish their match All Square, as would Hughes and Kern. BGSU's Blackburn would defeat Porvasnik, 3 & 2, while Fahey would defeat Loftus, 3 & 2 and Madry would earn the 4 & 3 victory over Smiley. Flynn would wrap up the Bobcat players, defeating Durkin, 3 UP, however, the Falcons would take the round, 4-2. 

Up next, the Bobcats will stay in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. to participate in the 2019 Mid-American Match Play Challenge Feb. 4-5. 

FINAL RESULTS
Foursome Matches / Alternate Shot: Front Nine – AM Rounds
(Bowling Green wins session, 2-1)

Emily Hughes & Ashley Flynn (Ohio) vs. Erin Fahey & Nichole Cox (BGSU)
**Bowling Green wins 2 & 1**

Julia Durkin & Sammi Blackburn (BGSU) vs. Nicole Smiley & Marissa Balish (Ohio)
**Bowling Green wins 4 & 3**

Jessica Madry & Sarah Kern (BGSU) vs. Catherine Loftus & Alicia Porvasnik (Ohio)
**Ohio wins 2 & 1**

Four-Ball Matches / Best Ball: Back Nine – AM Rounds
(Bowling Green wins session, 2-1)

Emily Hughes & Ashley Flynn (Ohio) vs. Erin Fahey & Nichole Cox (BGSU)
**Bowling Green wins 2 UP**

Julia Durkin & Sammi Blackburn (BGSU) vs. Nicole Smiley & Marissa Balish (Ohio)
**Ohio wins 1 UP**

Jessica Madry & Sarah Kern (BGSU) vs. Catherine Loftus & Alicia Porvasnik (Ohio)
**Bowling Green wins 2 UP**

Singles Matches: 9 Holes – PM Rounds
(Bowling Green wins session, 4-2)

Marissa Balish (Ohio) vs. Nichole Cox (BGSU)
** All Square – 0.5 points to each team**

Emily Hughes (Ohio) vs. Sarah Kern (BGSU)
** All Square – 0.5 points to each team**

Sammi Blackburn (BGSU) vs. Alicia Porvasnik (Ohio)
**Bowling Green wins 3 & 2**

Erin Fahey (BGSU) vs. Catherine Loftus (Ohio)
**Bowling Green wins 4 & 3**

Jessica Madry (BGSU) vs. Nicole Smiley (Ohio)
**Bowling Green wins 1 UP**

Julia Durkin (BGSU) vs. Ashley Flynn (Ohio)
**Ohio wins 3 UP**

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