(Photo courtesy Brentwood Country Club. Tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department and USC Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Birdiefire)
In Buffalo, the forecast for the next three days is temperatures in the mid-20’s and 8″-15″ of snow. In southern California, the forecast is sunny skies, temperatures in upper 80’s and no precipitation. Guess where the the Ohio State Women’s Golf (OSUWG) team will be this week?
The Buckeyes are one of eight teams participating in the Gifford Great 8 Collegiate Match Play event at Brentwood Country Club in Los Angeles, CA.
Course: The course is set up at 6,294 yards, playing to par 72.
Format: This is a five-player match play event. A team wins it’s match, it moves on. A team loses, it plays in the consolation brackets. Teams can also field a player to participate in Individual round-robin match play.
Field: This is an 8 team field, as the event name indicates. with five teams currently ranked in Golfstat’s Top 30. Below are the teams, rankings and first round matches.
#2 USC, #66 Oregon State, #22 Purdue, #27 Ohio State, #8 Georgia, #36 Colorado, #9 UCLA, #40 Oregon.
Monday morning, March 13 – Quarterfinals
#1 Tee – Match 1 – USC (#1 seed) vs. Oregon State (#8 seed)
#10 Tee – Match 2 – Purdue (#4 seed) vs. Ohio State (#5 seed)
#1 Tee – Match 3 – UCLA (#2 seed) vs. Oregon (#7 seed)
#10 Tee – Match 4 -Georgia (#3 seed) vs. Colorado (#6 seed)
Monday afternoon, March 13 – Semifinals (Championship Bracket)
#1 Tee – Match 5 – Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2
#1 Tee – Match 6 – Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 4
Monday afternoon, March 13 – Consolation Bracket
#10 Tee – Match 7 -Loser Match 1 vs. Loser Match 2
#10 Tee – Match 8 -Loser Match 3 vs. Loser Match 4
Tuesday, March 14
#1 Tee – 3rd-Place Match -Loser Match 5 vs. Loser Match 6
#10 Tee – 7th-Place Match -Loser Match 7 vs. Loser Match 8
#1 Tee – Championship Match -Winner Match 5 vs. Winner Match 6
#10 Tee – 5th-Place Match -Winner Match 7 vs. Winner Match 8
Ohio State lineup
Team Match Play: Jaclyn Lee, Katja Pogacar, Jessica Porvasnik, Niki Schroeder, Rio Watanabe. Alex Wright will represent Ohio State in the Individual match play competition.
In the opening morning matches versus Purdue, Ohio State came out on the short end of the 5 point match, 3.5 – 1.5. The one and a half points were acquired by tying three matches; the Buckeyes did not win a match in the morning.
Rio Watanabe, Jessica Porvasnik and Jaclyn Lee tied their matches. Niki Schroeder lost her match 2&1 and Katja Pogacar lost 5&4.
Jessica was 1 down through 15 holes, then birdied the par-3 7th hole (here 16th hole) to bring the match to all square. Jessica and her opponent both parred the remaining to holes to end the match all square.
Jaclyn struggled to get anything going Monday morning. Through 16 holes, she had 7 bogeys and was down 2 with 2 to go (dormie 2). However, she finished birdie-par to even her match. After playing ‘meh’ all morning, a birdie-par stretch to tie the match is pretty strong finish.
Niki ran into a buzz saw Monday morning, losing her match 2 &1. Niki played well, even par through 17 holes; 3 birdies, 3 bogeys. However, her opponent was flawless, shooting -2 through 17 holes. That’s one of the vagaries of match play – sometimes you play well but still come up a bit short.
Katja had a rough day, losing 5&4. After nine holes, Katja was 7 over par and 5 down. Being 5 holes down after nine holes is not a good situation to be in. At all. For some good news, Katja did play the first five holes on her back nine in -1 to par; but so did her opponent.
Rio was down 1 hole through 12. She lost the next two holes to put her in some trouble, down 3 holes with 4 to go. However, over the next four holes, Rio had two birdies and an eagle to finish the match at all square. She was actually down one hole after 17, then made a birdie on her last hole to square the match. That’s pretty clutch shooting.
The Buckeyes had stretches where they played valiant golf to pull even in their matches. Hopefully, the late round surges carry over to the Monday afternoon matches.
Ohio State moves into the consolation bracket for the afternoon round, playing Oregon State, 3-2 losers to USC. I’ll have final round recap later today or Tuesday. Please stop back.