(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. Here’s the 1st round recap. Here’s the 2nd round recap.

(Yesterday’s smile is today’s grimace)

That’s the set-up. How’d it go?

Recap

Not well, not well at all. The Buckeyes were unable to continue their 2nd round momentum into final round play. After nine holes, they were +9 to par – not very good – thus the final round charge never had a chance to materialize. Their team score of 300 (+12) was 10 strokes worse than their 2nd round. The aggregate team score of 888 (+24) placed them in 10th place; back where they ended their opening round. It was a tale of two nines; a poorly played front nine contrasted to a very well played back nine.

The Buckeyes were led by Jaclyn Lee 71 (-1) and Jessica Porvasnik 73 (+2). Katja Pogacar contributed to the team score with a 77 (+5), as did Niki Schroeder 79 (+8). Zoe-Beth Brake rounded out team with an 80 (+8).

Competing as an Individual, Rio Watanabe relapsed with an 81 (-10). She did have a birdie, but 6 bogeys and 2 double bogeys absolutely killed her score.

We Have Stats

Note: the scoring stats 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, +4 to par. For the event, they’ve played the par-3’s to 3.20, +12 to par, ranking them T-12. On the par-4s, the Buckeyes played to an average of 4.10, +7 to par. For the event, they’ve played the par-4’s to 4.12, +18 to par, ranking T-7. Ohio State played the par 5’s to 5.45, +9 in the final round. For the event, they averaged 5.17, +10 to par, ranking them T-13th.

Ohio State carded 60 pars which gave them 184 for the event, ranking them 3rd in this metric. Their 9 birdies gave them a three round total of 27, ranking them 13th in that measure.

Let’s see how the players did:

Jessica

Jessica jumped out of the gates with birdies on tow of her first three holes before stalling with a double bogey on the par-3, 7th hole. Making the turn at +1, Jessica mixed 3 birdies / 3 bogeys / 3 pars into an even par back nine. She birdied the 18th hole to end her round in style.  She carded 5 birdies on the day.! That’s impressive. She held position to finish in T-8 place.

Jaclyn

Jaclyn put together her 2nd consecutive round of par/under-par golf on Sunday. She had 2 birdies (both coming on her back nine), a bogey and 15 pars. Her solid play moved up 14 slots to finish the event T-29th.

Katja

Katja had a miserable start to her round; a triple bogey on hole #2 followed by a bogey on #3 made it imperative that she did well for the balance of her round. Guess what, she responded. She played her remaining 15 holes in just +1 to par to salvage what was left of her round. Katja dropped 13 spots to finish in T-48 place.

Niki

Niki’s start was likewise uninspiring; 5 bogeys on her front nine put the pressure on her and her team mates to play very well. She did recover to have a good, +2 on her back nine. Niki dropped 10 spots to sit in T-75 place.

Zoe-Beth

Zoe-Beth was the second Buckeye on the course and played well for about 4 hours, sitting at +3 through 16 holes. So far, so good… until all hell broke loose on the par-5, 17th hole. She was staggered with a quadruple bogey 9 on the hole. Until that hole, Zoe-Beth had played the back nine in an aggregate of +1 to par, an amazing stretch of ply. Zoe-Beth dropped 24 spots to sit in T-67 place.

Rio

Rio opened with a double bogey which pretty well set the tone for her round. Yesterday, her score of 71 matched her best round of the season. Today her 81 set a season worst round.  Rio fell 32 spots to sit in T-63 place.

Buckeye scores:

Clemson Invitational Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
Team 298 290 300 888
Jaclyn Lee 77 72 71 220
Katja Pogacar 77 71 77 225
Niki Schroeder 77 75 79 231
Zoe-Beth Brake 74 75 80 229
Jessica Porvasnik 70 72 73 215
Rio Watanabe (I) 76 71 81 228
10 2 12 24

 

A Few Takeaways

  • The Buckeyes continued to play fairly well on the par-3s.  Despite her superb score, Jessica struggled on the par-3s on Sunday. Of OSU’s +4 on the short holes, Jessica was +3; which meant she played the other holes very well..
  • The par 4 scoring was good. I mentioned above that Jessica struggled on the short holes. On the par-4s, she was outstanding. She had 4 of her 5 birdies on the par-4s and played them to -3. That is an impressive accomplishment; well done, Jessica.
  • The par-5 scoring (+9) was dismal, but… eight of these strokes were lost when Katja triple bogeyed #2 and Zoe-Beth quadrupled #17. So, 7 of the 9 strokes lost were on two holes. In team play, that is somewhat better than all five players struggle. Damage containment, if you will.
  • Part of Ohio State’s problem was this; in the second round, they played a “clean” (no score worse than bogey) round. On Sunday, things got a bit “grimy”; a double bogey, a triple bogey and a quadruple bogey were carded.

In my “Precap”, I thought the lineup was settling in to a “Core Four”. I may have been prematurely optimistic. Alex, Adeena, lace up your spikes…

Up Next

The Buckeyes take a week off to prepare to host the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational. This event will be held Saturday April 15 – Sunday April 16. It will be played on the OSU Golf Club’s Scarlet Course.