(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. L-R: Shears, Pogacar, Watanabe, Lee, Porvasnik, Schroeder, Wright)
The Ohio State Women’s Golf (OSUWG) opened their Spring portion of their 2016-2017 schedule with a convincing win in a head-to-head match against Florida Atlantic University. The 18 hole match was played at 6,001 yard par 36 Bocaire CC in Boca Raton, FL on Monday, Jan 16th.
FAU hosted this one day event at Bocaire Country Club. A couple notes on the course. At 6,001 yards, this is a pretty short course. But, since this is golf, you know that Loki The Trickster God will be involved.
Located in Florida, there aren’t many elevation changes, so it plays fairly “flat”. Located in Florida, there is a lot of water that comes into play on this course. I mean a lot of water. When you click on the scorecard (above) any area in ‘blue’ is water. Water hazards come into play on almost every hole. A player doesn’t need to be long, but she better be accurate.
This was the (fairly) standard play-five-count-four format where 5 players play in team competition, with the best 4 scores counting towards the team score. Additionally, two players from each school competed in Individual status. Individual competitors don’t count their scores towards team results, but are counted in overall stroke play placement.
The Buckeyes had a team score of 298 (+10) while the Owls had a team score of 319 (+31).
For the event, Ohio State was led by Jessica Porvasnik and Rio Watanabe, with each shooting 71 (-1). Alex Wright, competing as an Individual, also shot a 71 (-1). Jessica was awarded medalist honor (low score) based on a match of cards. I guess it pays to get your birdies early in the round. Adeena Shears (Individual) shot a 74 (+2), followed by Katja Pogacar at 76 (+4). Jaclyn Lee and Niki Schroeder followed at 80 (+8).
Since this was a one-day match and not a full blown tournament, I don’t have hole-by-hole scores. This was a good match for Ohio State for a couple of reasons.
First, it was their first competitive match of the season. Normally, they start in mid-February, so getting a mid-January start gives the coaching staff and the team a performance benchmark. Next, this was a good opportunity for Jessica to be in a competitive situation to enable her to continue her strong play of late. It also gives Rio a competition to get back on track from injury rehab. Finally, this was the first competitive round of the year for freshman Adeena Shears, and she took advantage of it with very solid play.
I think that Adeena’s play will provide a huge boost for the Buckeyes going into the Spring session. It has to be reassuring to Coach Hession and Coach Snider that their team is fully eight players deep. I don’t think they have to worry about “hiding” anyone in their lineup. This also has to be a confidence builder for Adeena. In her first round of the season she played well, very well.
Final Buckeye scores, below:
1st – Jessica Porvasnik (OSU) 71 (-1; crowned champion on scoreboard tiebreaker criteria)
T-2nd – Rio Watanabe (OSU) 71 (-1)
*T-2nd – Alex Wright (OSU) 71 (-1)
*4th – Adeena Shears (OSU) 74 (+2)
5th – Katja Pogacar (OSU) 76 (+4)
T-8th – Jaclyn Lee (OSU) 80 (+8)
T-8th – Niki Schroeder (OSU) 80 (+8)
- = competed as Individual.
Ohio State hosts the Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge at Palos Verdes Estates, CA. The event is scheduled for February 12-14.