(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State University Athletic Department. Event scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat.)
The Ohio State’s women’s team is back on the tee-box this week at the Windy City Collegiate at Glenview Golf Club in Golf, IL. The event covers two days; Monday October 3rd and Tuesday October 4th. The Buckeyes enter this event ranked #20 in the Golfweek rankings.
Glen View Golf Club in Golf, IL. The course is set up to play at 6,338 yards and a par of 72.
Three rounds played over two days, Monday October 3rd and Tuesday October 4th. Double rounds (a long day) of 36 holes on Monday with final round on Tuesday.
Three rounds (54 holes) stroke play competition. Play 5, count 4. Teams can enter a player to compete as an Individual.
Fourteen teams, alphabetically. The number preceding the team is their Golfweek ranking:
No. 10 Duke
No. 7 Florida
No. 17 Northwestern
No. 20 Ohio State
No. 11 Oklahoma State
No. 16 Purdue
No. 3 USC
No. 44 Vanderbilt
1 – Jessica Porvasnik | Sr. | 69.00 avg. (2 rounds)
2 – Jaclyn Lee | So. | 70.50 avg. (2 rounds)
3 – Alex Wright | Fr. | 78.50 avg. (2 rounds)
4 – Niki Schroeder | So. | 74.50 avg. (2 rounds)
5 – Rio Watanabe | r-Jr. | 73.50 avg. (2 rounds)
IND – Katja Pogacar | Sr. | N/A
Of note, Katja is participating as an Individual rather as part of the team competition.
The Buckeyes put together a well played opening round. Their team score of 292 (+4) placing them in T-10th. Ohio State was lead in scoring by Jessica Porvasnik 69 (-3), Jaclyn Lee 74 (+2) and Alex Wright 74 (+2). Niki Schroeder and Rio Watanabe both shot 75 (+3). Participating as an Individual, Katja Pogacar shot a 71 (-1). If your worst score was +3, all your players are playing very well.
Jessica opened her round with two pars, bogeyed the par-4 3rd hole and birdied the par-3 7th hole to play her first nine holes in even par 36. Her back nine was a masterpiece. She combined 6 pars with 3 birdies (holes 12, 16, 17) to card a 33 (-3).
Jaclyn had 7 pars and 2 bogeys on her front nine to shoot +2 at the turn. Her even par back 9 was pretty uneventful, except for a burst of excitement on holes #13 – #16. Jaclyn played those holes in birdie-par-birdie-double bogey. All that for an even par back nine.
Alex birdied her first two holes, bogeyed the next two, then birdied two more holes on her front nine. That excitement led to a 34 (-2) opening nine holes. A 40 on her back nine slowed her down a bit.
Niki’s round was almost an inverse of Alex’s. She closed her front nine with 2 bogeys for her score of 40, then eagled the par-5, 13th hole in her back nine of 35 (-1). Of 78 participants, Niki’s eagle was one of only two during the entire round. Very well done, congratulations!
Rio was pretty steady with 2 birdies and 5 bogeys for her +4 score. Nothing exciting (which is usually a good thing), just solid golf.
Competing as an Individual, Katja shot a 71 (-1). Beginning her round on the back 9, reeled off 11 consecutive pars before bogeying the tough 414 yard, par 4 3rd hole. She closed her round with birdies on two of her final four holes.
The Buckeyes had a couple holes that gave them trouble, notably hole #3 (5 bogeys by the 6 payers) but had a couple holes (#2, #6, #12, #13) with multiple birdies/eagle.
Ohio State carded 1 eagle, 14 birdies and 73 pars (108 holes played). They did have 18 bogeys and, unfortunately, two double bogeys. Still, a good opening round of golf.
(Round 2 below the fold)
The Buckeyes didn’t fare as well in the afternoon round. Their team score of 297 (+9) dropped them two spots into 12th place. Ohio State was lead in scoring by Jessica Porvasnik 73 (+1), Jaclyn Lee 73 (+1) and Niki Schroeder 73 (+1). Alex Wright shot a 78 (+6) to contribute to the team score. Rio Watanabe shot 80 (+8). In Individual play, Katja Pogacar shot a 78 (+6).
Basically, it was a ‘tale of two cities’. The Buckeyes had a front nine score of +2 to par. The back nine score was +7. Not sure what happened in the last two hours of the round, maybe fatigue started to kick in. Tramping around 8-10 miles with 30 pounds (or so) of equipment can be draining. Of the 14 teams, only 2 improved their score on their afternoon rounds.
Jessica opened and closed her round with birdies, mixed in 3 bogeys and overall played very good golf. Her 2-round score (-2) has Jessica T-8th place overall.
Jaclyn had 1 birdie and 2 bogeys on her afternoon round. At one point, she’d strung together 12 consecutive pars. That’s pretty much being in control of your game.
Alex had a nice round going, even par on her front 9. However a back 9 of 42 (+6) didn’t help things at all. A good first two hours for Alex and a ‘meh’ final two hour for Alex. Nothing to worry about, really, just come out firing on the final round.
Niki’s round resembled Jaclyn’s in terms of being “in control”. Two birdies and three bogeys is a nice round. Niki had a seven hole stretch on her back nine where she was -1 to par. That’s a good two hours of golf.
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 just couldn’t get anything going this round. She did birdie the par-5 6th hole, but 7 bogeys didn’t help matters. However, she does sit in 2nd place, by 1 stroke, of those competing as Individuals.
The Buckeyes had a couple holes that gave them trouble, notably hole #3 (again) but did play the 6th hole very well with 3 birdies.
Ohio State carded 9 birdies and 68 pars (108 holes played). They did have 30 bogeys and only one double bogey.
Scoring for the first two rounds, below:
|Windy City Collegiate||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total|
|Katja Pogacar (I)||71||78||0||149|