(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat)
(Yesterday’s smile is today’s grimace)
That’s the set-up. How’d it go?
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 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 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 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’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 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 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.
|Clemson Invitational||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total|
|Rio Watanabe (I)||76||71||81||228|
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…
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.