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

The Buckeyes are back in action this weekend in Johns Creek, SC for the Briar’s Creek Invitational. This is a three round/two day event with an eighteen team field. Two rounds played  Monday with the final round on Tuesday. It is played at The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek, Johns Island, SC.

 

The Course

The course, The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek is set up at 6,101 yards long and plays to a par of 72. .

The Format

This is the typical “play 5, count 4” format. This gives teams a little wiggle room in the scoring, but not much. Additionally, teams may enter a player to participate as an Individual.

The Field

The 18 team field includes 10 teams rated in the Golfstat Top-50 rankings. The contestants (alphabetically and Golfstat ranking) are:

#42 Auburn, Boston College, Campbell, Charleston Southern, College of Charleston, #49 East Carolina
#6 Florida, #27 Illinois, Kansas, Long Beach State, #43 Louisville, #15 Miami (FL), Michigan State,  #35 North Carolina, #26 Ohio State, Penn State, #32 Texas Tech, #48 Wisconsin.

This is a large and talented field. Get ready for some very good golf.

 

The Buckeyes

The Buckeyes will tee it up with:

1 – Niki Schroeder | So. | 74.25 avg. (16 rounds)
2 – Jessica Porvasnik | Sr. | 72.50 avg. (16 rounds)
3 – Jaclyn Lee | So. | 73.19 avg. (16 rounds)
4 – Katja Pogacar | Sr. | 74.00 avg. (14 rounds)
5 – Rio Watanabe | r-Jr. | 74.42 avg. (12 rounds)
IND – Zoe-Beth Brake | r-Sr. | 76.56 avg. (9 rounds)

That’s the set-up. How’d it go?

Recap

After the divots settled, Ohio State stood in T-9th place with a two round score of 588, +12 to par.The morning and afternoon rounds were quite a contrast. In the morning, OSU shot the fourth best round of the session, a 285 (-3) that placed them in 4th place. In the afternoon, the Buckeyes shot a 303 (+15), the third worst round of the afternoon. That’s a profound swing of a stroke per hole difference.

The Buckeyes were led by  Niki Schroeder 698-75-143 (-1).  Jaclyn Lee’s 72-75-147 (+3) and Katja Pogacar’s 69-78-147 (+3) helped the war effort. Rio Watanabe’s 78-75-153 (+9) had her 2nd round count in the team score while Jessica Porvasnik  76-80-156 (+12) contributed in the opening round.

Competing as an Individual, Zoe-Beth Brake shot a  75-77-152 (+8). That places her 1st in the Individual category and T-58th overall. Zoe-Beth is having a good tournament.

We Have Stats

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 day, Ohio State has played the par 3’s to an average of 3.45 strokes, +18 to par, which ranked them 16th in that category. They’ve played the par-4’s to 4.23, +23 to par, ranking 9th. The par 5’s were played to 4.632, -15 to par, ranking them 2nd.

Ohio State carded 98 pars, ranking them 14th in this metric. Their 31 birdies ranked them 6th in that measure. Their 2 eagles (Schroeder, Lee) placed them T-2 in the field.

 

Let’s see how the players did:

Jessica

Jessica just couldn’t get anything going on Monday. Although her morning round had a lot of well played holes (12 pars, 2 birdies) it also included 2 double bogeys. The afternoon round went sideways. Although she still carded 2 birdies, there were also 7 bogeys and a triple bogey.

Jaclyn

Jaclyn had a fairly “quiet” good first day. She had 6 birdies (T3 on the team), 11 bogeys (2nd most) and 18 pars (next to last). However, she did excel in two things; she had 1 of OSU’s two eagles and she had no score higher than bogey. A nice, clean scorecard. Jaclyn is T-33 position after the first day

Katja

Katja had a steady, even-keeled day. She led the team in scoring pars, with 24. She also had the 3rd most birdies (6) and 2nd fewest bogeys (4). It was fairways and greens… Katja ended the day T-33 position.

Niki

Niki had a morning round of -4 and played 17 of her holes even par on the afternoon round. Her only blemish was a 7 on the par-4 14th hole. An eagle 3 on the par-5 10th somewhat offset the 14th hole. Thirty-five holes of -4 golf; that’s incredibly good. Niki ended the day T-14 position.

Rio

Rio had an interesting day. But then I think Rio generally has interesting days. She led the team in birdies (8) and in bogeys (13). Rio ended the day T-64.

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!

 

 

Buckeye scores:

Briar’s Creek Inv Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
Team 285 303 0 588
Niki Schroeder 68 75 0 143
Jessica Porvasnik 76 80 0 156
Jaclyn Lee 72 75 0 147
Katja Pogacar 69 78 0 147
Rio Watanabe 78 75 0 153
Zoe-Beth Brake (I) 75 77 0 152

A few takeaways:

  • The par 4 scoring was almost the same as in their previous tournament. The par-5 scoring is encouraging, with the players taking advantage of the “scoring” holes”. The par-3 play was disappointing. The par-3’s aren’t that long, requiring probably nothing more than an 8-iron or so for most of them. Something to work on, I guess.
  • Thirteen of the eighteen teams had higher scores in their afternoon rounds than in their morning rounds.
  • Ohio State had three triple bogeys for the day, all in the afternoon round. They all were incurred on the 28th-30th hole of play for each of the three players. Not sure it means anything just an odd occurrence.
  • After a great opening round, the afternoon play was frustrating/disappointing. I do believe that the Buckeyes will bounce back with a solid final round on Tuesday. Look, they were -3 in the morning and Jessica didn’t have her best “stuff”.  She was about 6 strokes over her season average (72.5) so you know there is some “game” that will be played Tuesday.

Up Next

The Briar Creek final round is Tuesday morning. I’ll have the recap in the afternoon.