(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat)

The 3rd round was not the kind of round the Buckeyes had in mind. They had a lot of good holes, but unfortunately, too many bad holes. However, there were two highlights: Niki Schroeder’s two under par 69 and Zoe-Beth Brake’s eagle 2 on OSU’s first round nemesis, the par-4, 14th hole. Details, below.

Brief refresher:

Format: The familiar “play 5, count 4” with teams also fielding players participating as Individuals.

Ohio State lineup

1 – Jessica Porvasnik
2 – Jaclyn Lee
3 – Katja Pogacar
4 – Niki Schroeder
5 – Rio Watanabe
IND – Zoe-Beth Brake
IND – Adeena Shears
IND – Alex Wright

Recap

Ohio State shot a team score of 296 (+12), not a particularly good round. They slipped from 12th to 13th place. Except for Niki Schroeder’s exceptional play (below), the team just couldn’t get anything going on Tuesday.

The Buckeyes were led by  Niki Schroeder 69 (-2). Jaclyn Lee’s 74 (+3) also helped the cause. Rio Watanabe 76 (+5) and Katja Pogacar 78 (+7) didn’t too much.  Jessica Porvasnik  79 (+8) didn’t help at all. Niki’s round moved her up 32 places in the standing to finish T-17th, along with team mate Jaclyn Lee. This was a good tournament for the sophomores. Niki’s score of 69 also tied for low round of the day. ell done, very well done.

Competing as Individuals, Zoe-Beth Brake shot a  75 (+4), highlighted by her eagle 2 on the par 4 14th hole.  Alex Wright shot a 78 (+7) and Adeena Shears struggled with an 81 (+10).

Note: the scoring stats in the following two paragraphs are for team play only. They are cumulative through three rounds. Individual play scores are not included.

For the tournament, Ohio State has played the par 3’s to an average of 3.30 strokes, +18 to par, which ranked them 13th in that category. They’ve played the par-4’s to 4.21, +34 to par, ranking 10th. The par 5’s were played to 5.02, +1 to par, ranking them 9th. In the final round, they played the par-3’s a little worse than in the 2nd round, the par 4’s a little worse and the par 5’s a lot better. That’s golf.

In the 3rd round, Ohio State (team scoring) had 45 pars, their fewest of the three rounds. This knocked them from 1st to 5th in this metric. They did (as a team) record 16 birdies, nearly matching their total for the first two rounds.

Let’s see how the players did:

Jessica

Jessica birdied her opening hole (#16) and was a respectable +2 to par through 12 holes of play. Then all hell broke loose; she double bogeyed three of her next four holes to push her score up to +8 fro the round.

Jaclyn

Jaclyn was +2 on holes #1-#9 and +1 on holes #10-#18, but went about it very differently. The front nine was comprised of 3 birdies, 3 bogeys and a double bogey – a little bit of everything. Her back nine was more sedate with 8 pars and one bogey.

Katja

Katja couldn’t get anything going on holes #1-#9; she did have a birdie, but also put up 5 bogeys.

Niki

Niki was +1 to par through nine holes then birdied three of her next four holes. She had 6 birdies on the day. Amazing…

Rio

Rio had another solid front 9, 37 (+2) . Her back nine got a bit exciting with 2 birdies and 2 double bogeys.In mid-round, she strung together 8 consecutive pars.Other than the double bogeys, a pretty good round for Rio.

Zoe-Beth

Zoe-Beth also struggled on holes #1 – #9 with 5 bogeys. However, she had absolutely stellar play on the back 9, shooting a 35 (-1), punctuated by a hole-out-from-the-fairway eagle 2 on the 14th hole. Outstanding!

Adeena

Adeena unfortunately rode the bogey train on the front nine. She bogeyed 5 consecutive holes (#2 – #6) and had a total of 9 bogeys in her round.

Alex

Alex, other than a double  bogey, had a fairly steady round. She had 5 bogeys, but also carded 12 pars.

Buckeye scores:

Northrup Grumman Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
Team 299 291 296 886
Jessica Porvasnik 78 72 79 229
Jaclyn Lee 73 71 74 218
Katja Pogacar 75 74 77 226
Niki Schroeder 75 74 69 218
Rio Watanabe 76 75 76 227
Zoe-Beth Brake (I) 74 74 75 223
Adeena Shears (I) 78 78 81 237
Alex Wright (I) 78 76 78 232
 To Par 15 7 12 34

Comments

Well, the Buckeyes did substantially improve on last yer’s NGRC total score (909) by quite a few shots.

In terms of team play, Ohio State got more erratic as the event progressed. By ‘erratic’, I mean variance in scores. The chart below summarizes.

Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
Birdie 2 15 16 33
Par 67 52 45 164
Bogey 18 20 22 60
2X Bogey 3 3 7 13
Sepukku 0 0 0 0

 

A few takeaways:

  • The number of bogeys were roughly the same through all three rounds, very little variance. It appears the number of pars fluctuated as a result of birdie/double bogey scoring.
  • In the 2nd round, the number of birdies jumped dramatically, the bogeys and double bogeys stayed about the same leading to a significant score improvement.
  • From the 2nd to the 3rd round, the number of birdies stayed about the same, but the number of double bogeys, well…, doubled. With a similar number of birdies as the 2nd round, the scoring advantage was negated by the higher number of “high-score” holes.

 

Up Next

The Buckeyes move one time zone to the east for their next match. They’ll play in the Westbrook Spring Invitational at Westbrook Village Country Club in Peoria, AZ.