(Photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring courtesy of http://www.golfstatresults.com)

The Ohio State Women’s Golf team concluded a very successful (and long) qualifying process on Sunday to earn the top seed in the eight team East & West Match Play Championship.

The Buckeyes earned their top seed by finishing the 36 holes with a combined score of 575, -1 to par. Ohio State was the only team of the eight to finish under par. It helped that he top two scorers were OSU’s Jessica Porvasnik and Jaclyn Lee. Jessica shot two rounds of 69 to finish -6 for the day while Jaclyn shot 69 and 72 to finish at -3 for the day.

The qualifying play consisted of 36 holes played on Sunday. The low four teams were assigned to the Championship Flight, the other four to the Consolation Flight. When I mentioned a long qualifying process, I meant it. The 36 hole event likely took around 8-9 hours to get though. The players, and coaches, walked probably between 8-10 miles, with each of the players pulling/carrying 25-30 pounds of golf equipment. Yes, golf rounds are athletic events.

Jessica Porvasnik

Jessica was on fire for both rounds. She recorded 5 birdies in each of her rounds. A “10 birdie day” is quite a day.

Jaclyn Lee

In her two rounds, Jaclyn had 6 birdies and an eagle 3 on the par-5 12th hole in the 1st round. Her eagle was the only one recorded by the field on Sunday.

Rio Watanabe

Well, Rio was out there doing her “Rio Thing” on Sunday.  Her score of 147 was +3 to par. Her rounds were 76 (+4) and 71 (-1). She recorded 7 birdies on the day, with her only blemish with a triple bogey 7 on the par-4 18th hole in the first round. She played 35 of the 36 holes in even par. I’d like to play almost every hole this week in par.

Niki Schroeder

Niki couldn’t quite get in her groove on the first round (76), but settled in for a 3 birdie second round (73).

Alex Wright

Alex’s debut was pretty solid. She had 2 birdies, but 2 double bogeys. She did have 21 pars, which I took as a positive. She played 60% of her inaugural rounds in par or better. That is a promising start to her collegiate career.

Zoe-Beth Brake (I)

Zoe-Beth participated in the Individual category. Here scores did not count towards the team total. Zoe-Beth’s two-day score of 161 had a little bit of everything; 2 birdies, 2 triple bogeys, half a round’s worth of bogeys and a slew of pars. Of note, she began er 2nd round with a triple bogey (ugh), but played her last 6 holes in -2 to par. That’s a good way to finish a round that didn’t start with much promise.

Notes

I was curious to see how the team would perform without Katja Pogacar teeing it up; she’d spent the week in Mexico representing Slovenia in an international event. Obviously, they “performed” pretty well. Katja’s absence provided an opportunity for freshman Alex Wright to jump right into NCAA play.

How’d They Do?

As you’d imagine, the low scoring team did comparatively pretty well. They played the par-3’s to an average of 3.23 strokes per hole, +9 to par, ranking them 7th of 8 teams. OK, that wasn’t too good. They played the par-4’s to 4.13, +13, ranking 1st. The pr-5’s were played to 4.75, -10 to par, ranking them 2nd. Fortunately, the par 4’s and 5’s account for 14 of the 18 holes in a round, so scoring well on these holes was important.

The Buckeyes had 112 pars (out of 180 holes played) ranking them 4th. They led the field in birdies (29) and accounted for the only eagle (thank you Jaclyn).

Below are the Buckeye scores in their Sunday qualifier.

East & West Match
Par 72 Rd 1 Rd 2 Total
Team 290 285 575
Jessica Porvasnik 69 69 138
Alex Wright 79 78 157
Rio Watanabe 76 71 147
Niki Schroeder 76 73 149
Jaclyn Lee 69 72 141
Zoe-Beth Brake (I) 82 77 159