(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State University Athletic Department. Event scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat.)
Well, the Buckeyes ended the 2nd round in 12th place Monday evening. Tuesday morning brings a new day; let’s see how the OSUWG team did..
The Buckeyes shot a decent enough team score of 296 (+8) to move up a spot to finish in 11th place. Ohio State was lead in scoring by, really, everyone. Jessica Porvasnik had a 74 (+2), as did Jaclyn Lee 74 (+2), as did Niki Schroeder 74 (+2), as did Rio Watanabe 74 (+2). Alex Wright was the “piker” (not really) with a 76 (+4). In Individual play, Katja Pogacar did not put up with any nonsense and shot a 70 (-2).
Again, it was a ‘tale of two cities’. The Buckeyes, teeing off on hole #10 had a front nine score of -2 to par. Of the 54 holes the Buckeyes played in the first two hours, they had 4 bogeys. The other 50 holes were birdie (6) or par (44). That is incredibly good golf. That had to have been fun to watch.
Play flattened out a bit in the final two hours, with the Buckeyes shooting a team score of +10. But I need to be honest, they acquitted themselves well on the back nine.
Jessica shot another “I’ve got this” round with 1 birdie and 3 bogeys. This was a solid final round. I’ve got nothing else…
Jaclyn played her first nine holes in even par (that’s pretty good) but opened her back nine with a double bogey, which probably annoyed her no end. She did go back-to-back birdies on #5-#6 to get back into the right mindset to finish her round. I wish I could go back-to-back birdies. Hell, I’d like to get a birdie.
Alex wound up being the “highest scoring” Buckeye with a 76. And I use ‘highest scoring’ with a great deal of latitude. In her final round, she scored 15 pars. That is a very well played round. To be honest, when I look at the rounds I play, I always judge it by the number of pars that I score; the rest is chaff… For Alex to be this much in control in her 2nd collegiate event, well, that’s very impressive.
Niki had an interesting round. She started with nine straight pars. (Think about that for a second). She stumbled a bit with three consecutive bogeys, then played her final 6 holes in -1 to par. Other than the 40 minutes of bogeys, this was a well played round.
Rio struggled in the afternoon round. Although she did get a birdie (hole #16) she did have to score 9 bogeys. Bogeying half of her holes was not what Rio had in mind..
Katja probably was irked at her 2nd round score and decided that ‘enough was enough’. Her 2 birdies on her opening nine gave Katja a good start, and a back nine mix of 3 birdies/3 pars/3 bogeys scored an even par back nine.
This was an interesting round because no Buckeye “went low” with sub-par rounds, but no one blew themselves up with bad scoring. Aside from Katja’s round of 70 (-2), the other Buckeyes were all within a couple putts dropping of shooting par or better. Yes, the team aggregate of +8 was nothing to write home about, but from my perspective, this was an encouraging round of golf. When everyone in your lineup is playing well, not a whole lot can go wrong.
Speaking of ‘encouraging’, it looks like Katja is working herself into the mix with her well played Individual round. The next OSUWG event is October 14-16 at the Tar Heel Invitational. With the level of play I’ve seen from Jessica, Rio, Alex, Jaclyn and Niki, as well as Katja’s, this could be a scary good team that coaches Hession and Snider are putting together. This is going to be a fun year.
Ohio State carded 12 birdies and 77 pars (108 holes played). They did have 17 bogeys and only two double bogeys.
Buckeye scoring, below:
|Windy City Collegiate||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total|
|T-22||Katja Pogacar (I)||71||78||70||219|