(Jessica Porvasnik getting excellent body rotation – photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Birdiefire)

In the above photo, Jessica is smiling; she must be happy with what she sees. Before we dive into Monday’s round, here’s the recap/comments of rounds 1 and 2. Let’s, as they say on TV, ‘go to final round coverage’.

Ohio State lineup

1 — Niki Schroeder | So. | 74.69 avg. (13 rounds)
2 — Jaclyn Lee | So. | 73.54 avg. (13 rounds)
3 — Zoe-Beth Brake | r-Sr. | 77.33 avg. (6 rounds)
4 — Katja Pogacar | Sr. | 74.09 avg. (11 rounds)
5 — Jessica Porvasnik | Sr. | 71.69 avg. (13 rounds)
IND — Rio Watanabe | r-Jr. | 74.89 avg. (9 rounds)

Recap

The Buckeyes shot a 283 (-5), tied for low 3rd round score to move up the leaderboard to finish T-2 for this event. In the last three year, the Buckeyes have finished 1st, 2nd, 2nd. I’d like to thank University of Wisconsin for hosting this event. This is fun.

This is the second consecutive round where Ohio State shot the low score of the round. I think the winter rust is shaking off.

The Buckeyes were led by  Jaclyn Lee and Niki Schroeder with 70’s (-2). Jessica Porvasnik shot a 71 (-1) and Katja Pogacar a 72 (E) to complete the team scoring. Zoe-Beth Brake rounding out the Buckeye team scoring with a  75 (+3). Both Jaclyn and Jessica finished in the top 10 (T-10) in scoring (76 players) for this event.

Competing as an Individual, Rio Watanabe shot a very nice 71 (-1).

Jessica

Jessica started her round on hole #4 and through 6 holes was a solid even par. Her next 12 holes were an even more solid -1 to par. She had “only” 2 birdies, but with 1 bogey and 15 pars, this round was clearly under control.

Jaclyn

Jaclyn started her round on hole #5 with a birdie; a good start. She bogeyed the next two holes (ugh). Jaclyn then played the next 15 holes in -3 to par. I guess when you’ve had enough, you’ve had enough… What a finish.

Katja

Katja started her round on hole #6. She was +1 through 17 holes, then finished her round with a birdie on the par-5th hole. A birdie is always a good way to finish a round.

Niki

Niki started her round on the 6th hole. She began bogey-bogey (uh oh) on her first two holes. Niki played the next 16 holes in -4 to par, so evidently the rocky start didn’t bother her too much. Niki led the Buckeyes with 5 birdies in the round.

 

Zoe-Beth

Zoe-Beth started her round on the 7th hole.She strung together 4 pars, among 13 for her round. Zoe-Beth had a birdie and 4 bogeys; not her best round, but certainly a solid mistake free 18 holes. I’d take her score in a heartbeat, especially the way she played the round.

 

Rio

Rio started her round on hole #11 with a par. She would par the next 11 holes before folding in 2 birdies and a bogey in her closing 6 holes. No muss, no fuss…

 

Buckeye Scores

Westbrook Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total To Par
Team 295 287 283 865 1
Niki Schroeder 75 72 70 217 1 T19
Jaclyn Lee 74 71 70 215 -1 T10
Zoe-Beth Brake 73 77 75 225 9 T47
Katja Pogacar 76 73 72 221 5 T30
Jessica Porvasnik 73 71 71 215 -1 T10
Rio Watanabe (I) 74 72 71 217 1 T24
7 -1 -5

Comments

This was simply an outstanding example of Ohio State team golf. This was very ‘clean’ (nothing worse than bogey) golf by, actually all six Buckeye golfers. I’m not sure how coaches Hession and Snider divvy up the on-course coaching up of the players. With everyone shooting well, this had to have been a satisfying fairway walk for the coaches. Well done, Buckeyes.

Note: the scoring stats in the following two paragraphs are for team play only. Individual play scores are not included.

Ohio State again played the par 3’s to an average of 3.20 strokes, +4 to par, which ranked them T-3rd. For the tournament, they led the field with a scoring average of 3.12, +7 to par. They played the par-4’s to 4.02,+1 to par, ranking T-3rd for the round. For the tournament, they were 4.09, +14, ranking T-4th for the day. The par-5’s were played to 4.65, -7 to par, ranking them T-2nd. For the tournament, they averaged 4.87, ranking 3rd.

There is really no other way to put this: OSU played all holes (short, medium, long) very well. This was as about a total team effort as you’d expect. Outstanding!

For the round, Ohio State carded 64 pars, ranking them T-1 and 14 birdies, placing them T-5th. Here’s the key to their success – the Buckeyes had no, as in zero, holes where they scored higher than bogey. In Sunday’s 2nd round, their fine play was undone by 2X and 3X bogeys. Today, there was no undone done. This was pure golf.

Up Next

The Buckeyes head to the Left Coast again for the Gifford Cup Match Play at Brentwood Country Club in Los Angeles, CA. The event is Monday/Tuesday March 13/14. Please stop by for the recaps.