(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat)
The Ohio State Women’s Golf (OSUWG) rolled into the Soft Machine of Dallas, TX for the Trinity Forest Invitational played at Trinity Forest Golf Club. As a side note, the host school is SMU, which is Buckeye Coach Therese Hession’s alma mater. Hession earned All-America status as the team won the national championship. This will be a homecoming, of sorts, for Coach Hession.
Course: Trinity Forest is set up at 6,236 yards, playing to par 72.
Format: The familiar “play 5, count 4” with teams also fielding a player to participate as an Individual.
Field: This is a fourteen team field, with seven tams currently ranked in Golfweek’s Top 50. Below are the teams (alphabetically) with their ranking.
No. 21 Baylor, Houston, Kansas, No. 45 Kansas State, Memphis, No. 46 Michigan, Mississippi State, No. 25 Ohio State, No. 32 SMU, No. 22 Texas A&M, No. 30 Texas Tech, Tulsa, UNLV, UTSA
Ohio State lineup
1 – Jessica Porvasnik | Sr. | 71.25 avg. (8 rounds)
2 – Niki Schroeder | So. | 73.63 avg. (8 rounds)
3 – Katja Pogacar | Sr. | 73.17 avg. (6 rounds)
4 – Jaclyn Lee | So. | 72.88 avg. (8 rounds)
5 – Zoe-Beth Brake | r-Sr. | 79.50 avg. (2 rounds)
IND – Alex Wright | Fr. | 77.50 avg. (8 rounds)
I like this lineup. A lot. Zoe-Beth gets back into the “team” lineup where I think her experience will help the team. Alex will compete as an Individual. It’s not towards the team score, but this early in her career, any type of competition will be good for her..
Well, I knew it was too good to be true. It turned out to be a lot of travel for not much golf. Due to inclement weather in the Dallas area (rain, rain, rain) the event was called after 18 holes of play on Monday. The Monday afternoon and Tuesday rounds were washed out. The girls (I’m 65, so I’m old enough I feel I can respectfully say ‘girls’) had a pretty good round going.
The team finished their first, and final, round at 306 (+18), placing them in T-3 place. The Buckeyes finished 2 strokes out of first place. This was a pretty solid “all hands on deck” performance by the Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes placed three players; Katja Pogacar, Jaclyn Lee and Jessica Porvasnik in the top 10 in the field. In fact, they all finished in the top 6. Katja’s 74 (+2 had her in T-3rd while Jaclyn’s and Jessica’s 75’s (+3) placed them in a T-6. With 75 golfers in the field, having three players in the top 6 is a nice accomplishment for this team. Well done.
Additionally, Zoe-Beth Brake’s 82 (+10) contributed to the team score. Nike Schroeder 84 (+12) rounded out the team scoring and Alex Wright shot an 84 (+12) in Individual competition..
Jessica 75 (+3) had her game well in hand. Although she double bogeyed the par-3 11th hole (which is fairly easy to do) she played the other 17 holes in +1 to par, scoring the team’s only eagle and 2 birdies.
Jaclyn 75 (+3) also had her game well in hand. She scored 7 pars birdies, 7 bogeys and tied for team lead with 4 birdies. She had nothing worse than bogey on her card. Those rounds take a lot of work, but the resultant scorecard looks impressive.
Katja 74 (+2) had her game in complete control. She did stumble a bit with a double bogey on the par-5 10th hole, but responded with four consecutive pars – then it got good. In Katja’s closing four hole stretch (holes #15-#18), she was -3 to par; 1 par and 3 birdies. For context, in a period of less than an hour, Katja got as many birdies as I do in a month. My goodness, that’s sharp golf. For Katja… Not me.
Niki, 84 (+12), was the only Buckeye not to record a birdie. She played 16 holes in +7, which isn’t too bad, but back-to-back double & triple bogeys on holes #13 and #14 knocked her out of contributing to team scoring. That’s too bad, because except for 20-30 minutes of golf, Niki played decently.
Alex, 84 (+12), had a pretty tough day, not being able to get her game on track. She had 11 bogeys, 2 double bogeys, but scored 3 birdies. With that many bogeys, Alex’s game just was a little off. Nothing too bad, just not as sharp as she usually plays. It’s too bad she couldn’t have had another round or two to show her capabilities.
Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.30 strokes, +6 to par, which ranked them 6th in that category. They played the par-4’s to 4.50, +25 to par, ranking 9th. The par-5’s were played to 4.95, -1 to par, ranking them 2nd. So, they played the scoring holes well; which would account for their high finish.
Ohio State racked up 39 pars, ranking them 11th and scored 12 birdies, placing them 2nd in this measure. They did have 1 eagle (Jessica!), placing them 2nd in this category as well.
That wraps up the Fall season for this year’s schedule. Their next “serious” match is The Northrup Grumman Challenge Feb 12-14th. I plan to have some mid-season golf coverage over the next couple months. Please stop by.