(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. Here’s the recap from Monday’s rounds.

Let’s get to final round action…

Recap

The Buckeyes made a slight move up the leaderboard in the final round. Ohio State finished T-7th place , up two slots, with a final round of 290 (+2). For the three rounds their score was 878 (+14).

You wouldn’t expect an over par score to be “charging up the leaderboard”, but on Tuesday it was. There were only two teams that broke par North Carolina (-3) and (Florida (-2). Ohio State’s final round of (+2) was the 4th best round of the day. On days like this, similar to match play; you don’t have to play stellar golf, just play better than your opponent(s).

No Buckeye (team play) broke par, so this was a “score by committee” round. Fortunately, OSU has some good committee members.  Jaclyn Lee’s 72 (E) and Katja Pogacar’s 72 (E) were low Buckeye scores for the round. Jessica Porvasnik’s 73 (+1) and Rio Watanabe’s 73 contributes to the final round score. Niki Schroeder turned in a 76 (+4) for the day.

Competing as an Individual, Zoe-Beth Brake 71 (-1) was the only Buckeye on the course to break par.

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 3.35 strokes, +7 to par. For the event, they averaged 3.42, +25 to par, ranking them 15th in that category. They’ve played the par-4’s to 4.06, +4 to par. For the event, they averaged 4.18, +27 to par ranking them 5th. The par 5’s were played to 4.75, -5 to par. For the event, they averaged 4.67, -20 to par, ranking them 1st.

The par-3 scoring improved, the par-5 was very good and the par-4 was outstanding.

For the day, Ohio State carded 58 pars. Their event total of 156 placed them 11th,a nice improvement over the first two rounds. Their 14 birdies on the day, 45 for the event, kept them ranked 6th.They had no eagles for the final round, but they still ranked T-2 in the field.

Let’s see how the players did:

Jessica

Jessica began her round on hole #12 with a birdie (always a nice way to begin a round) with the only blemish a double bogey on the par-4 14th hole. Oddly, she also doubled that hole in her opening round on Monday. From hole #15 on, she was magnificent; 1 birdie, 1 bogey and 13 pars. Jessica finished T-67 place, a 13 spot improvement.

Jaclyn

Jaclyn began her round on the 10th hole with a par. She played the rest of her opening nine in -2 to make the turn under par. Jaclyn played her back nine in +2 (7 pars, 2 bogeys) to finish her round at even par 72. Jaclyn finished T-22 position for the event, an 11 spot improvement from the first day.

Katja

Katja began her round on hole #11. Through #18, she was +1 to par. She played her next nine holes in even par before a birdie on her final hole pulled her to even par 72. Katja ended the day T-22 position, an 11 spot improvement.

Niki

Niki began her round on the 10th hole with a birdie. Then she birdied her next hole. She ran into some trouble on holes #15-#18, playing them in +5 to par. She rebounded with a well played back nine of 37 (+1). Aside from the hour stretch on the back nine, she played a solid round of golf. Niki ended the day in T-22 position.

Rio

Rio’s round had a smattering of birdies/bogeys in it and she was sitting at +3 through 13 holes. She finished strong with two consecutive birdie and three consecutive pars for her 73. Rio ended the tournament T-56, an 8 spot improvement.

Zoe-Beth

Zoe-Beth began her play on the 18th hole. Her round started slowly with three consecutive bogeys, then she birdied three of the next six holes. She was even par through 17 holes of play, but a birdie on her final hole, the 150 yd par-3, 17th put her at -1 for the round. Zoe-Beth’s 6 birdies led all Buckeye golfers in the final round. Zoe-Beth ended the tournament T-43 place, a 15 spot improvement.

Buckeye scores:

Briar’s Creek Inv Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
Team 285 303 290 878
Niki Schroeder 68 75 76 219
Jessica Porvasnik 76 80 73 229
Jaclyn Lee 72 75 72 219
Katja Pogacar 69 78 72 219
Rio Watanabe 78 75 73 226
Zoe-Beth Brake (I) 75 77 71 223
-3 15 2 14

 

A few takeaways:

  • The par 3 scoring was a bit improved over the first two rounds and the par-5 scoring was about the same. However, the par-4 scoring improvement was very impressive. When you can score well on par-4’s (78% of the holes) as well as some of the scoring holes (par 3’s and par 4’s) you’re going to do well in tournaments.
  • In Monday’s afternoon round, Ohio State had three triple bogeys. On Tuesday, they had none. Whatever needed to get cleaned up, got cleaned up.
  • The Buckeyes tended to finish their rounds with strong play. Of the six Buckeyes on the course, 4 of them played their last hole in par while two players birdied their final holes.
  • After the first day’s escapades, I felt the Buckeyes had another good round in them for Tuesday for no other reason than Jessica was off form. She rebounded with a final round 73, her season average (72.5).
  • Of course, it helped the cause that Jaclyn and Katja combined for 26 pars, 5 birdies and 5 bogeys. Par is your friend…

Up Next

The Buckeyes return to South Carolina for the Clemson Invitational. The tournament is scheduled from March 31st – April 2.

Go Buckeyes!