(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat)
To save you additional reading time, here’s the link to the Clemson Invitational Precap article.
That’s the set-up. How’d it go?
Well, not that well, actually. Their team score of 298 (+10) put them in a tie for 10th place with host Clemson. This was really a tale of two nine’s: the front nine was played very well and the back nine not that well. After their first nine holes, the Buckeyes were +3 to par and if I recall, tied for 4th place. On their back nine, they slipped to +7 to par and ended in T-10.
The Buckeyes were led by Jessica Porvasnik’s 70 (-2) and Zoe-Beth Brake’s 74 (+2). Niki Schroeder, Jaclyn Lee and Katja Pogacar all shot 77 (+5).
Competing as an Individual, Rio Watanabe shot a 76 (+4). She stumbled with a double bogey on her 2nd hole, but recovered to play the next 16 holes in +2 to par. She did card 2 birdies and 11 pars for the round. This was solid play by Rio; well done.
We Have Stats
Note: the scoring stats in the following two paragraphs are for team play only. Individual play scores are not included.
For the day, Ohio State has played the par 3’s to an average of 3.15 strokes, +3 to par, which ranked them T-4 in that category. They’ve played the par-4’s to 4.24, +12 to par, ranking T-10. The par 5’s were played to an even par 5.00, ranking them T-6.
Ohio State carded 61 pars, ranking them T-4th in this metric. Their 8 birdies ranked them 12th in that measure.
Let’s see how the players did:
Jessica absolutely had this round under control. Her 4 birdies were half the team total and she supplemented them with 12 pars. No doubt that Jessica was hitting everything on the 3rd groove, much as Ben Hogan sought to. Her score has her sitting T-4th position (94 players) after the first round.
Jaclyn had a well played front 9; 8 pars and 1 bogey. However, her back nine was pretty pedestrian (by her standards) with 5 par and 4 bogeys. Through 14 holes, Jaclyn was +2, then she strung together 3 bogeys before closing with a par. It just wasn’t a “Jaclyn” round.
Katja’s round was a mirror image of Jaclyn’s. Four pars/5 bogeys on her front nine then 8 par and 1 bogey on her homeward nine. Again. like Jaclyn’s play, the game was just off by the tiniest degree.
Niki had a well played front 9 (2 birdies-2 bogeys to make the turn at even par; so far, so good. Things went sideways a bit on the back nine with 3 bogeys and a double bogey. Niki did close with 2 pars, so she did stabilize the round a bit.
Zoe-Beth has been putting together some quality rounds lately and Friday was a continuation of her good play. She opened with 8 consecutive pars before stumbling with a double bogey on the 9th hole. However, Zoe-Beth put together 2 birdies-2 bogeys for a well played even par back 9.
Rio struggled early (+3 after 4 holes) before she found her rhythm. Rio carded 2 birdies and 11 pars; she had quite a few ‘good’ holes on her scorecard.
|Clemson Invitational||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total|
|Rio Watanabe (I)||76||0||0||76|
A Few Takeaways
- The par-3 play was significantly improved from their previous outing. Somewhat ironically, three of the four par-3’s are all similar in length (160-166 yds) and OSU played them well. The short (131 yd) par-3 16th gave them issues. However, when you look at the hole, the green, and green-side bunkers are oriented almost 90 degrees to the “lay of the land”. It’s a very odd hole.
- The par 4 scoring was almost the same as in their previous tournament. They seem to be settling in to a +.25 strokes to par in their last few rounds. They are averaging parring 3 of every 4 par-4s they play.
- The par-5 scoring was solid. All the par-5s are moderately long and very tight. If you look down the fairway from the tee box, all you see is a corridor of trees.
- Jaclyn’s and Katja’s rounds were odd; neither of them recorded a birdie. I don’t think it will take too much for either/both these young ladies to roll in some birdies on Saturday.
- Zoe-Beth continued her high quality of play. Although she had a double bogey, her other 17 holes were played in even par. Of 4 1/2 hours of play, Zoe-Beth was on-point for nearly all of it.
I think that Ohio State will get their games in sync for Saturday – look for a move up the leaderboard. There are nine teams in front of them. I can see them jumping four teams Saturday.
Round two is Saturday. Please check back for tomorrow’s play recap. Scheduled first round tee times for OSU were at 11:00 am. Saturday’s scheduled round is 9:30 am.