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

The Buckeyes travel to Cincinnati, OH to defend their Big Ten Championship. The tournament will be played on the TPC River’s Bend course. It is a 54-hole event, with the first round scheduled for Friday, the second round Saturday and the final round on Sunday. Tee times off  holes #1 and #10 for all three rounds.

Here is the link to the tournament setup and first round recap. The Buckeyes are well positioned for another title defense. On to 2nd round action. How’d it go?

Recap

Well, actually pretty well. The Buckeyes shot a team score of 294, +6, to move them up a spot into 3rd place with a two round total of 590, (+14). As it stands, Ohio State has it’s work cut out for them to overtake 2nd round leader Northwestern, 573 (-3). Seventeen strokes is a lot to overcome, however, based on last year’s tournament, it’s possible.

The Buckeyes were led by Jaclyn Lee 70 (-2),  Rio Watanabe 75 (+32), Katja Pogacar shot a 74 (+2).  Niki Schroeder shot a 76 (+4) and Jessica Porvasnik shot 77 (+5). Zoe-Beth Brake rebounded nicely with a 75 (+3) to contribute to the team scoring. I knew she would…

We Have Stats

Through two rounds, Ohio State has played the par 3’s to an average of 3.00 strokes, even to par, which which moved them up to 1st in this category. They played the par-4’s to 4.28, +28 to par, moving them up one spot to 4th. For two rounds, the par 5’s were played to an average of 4.88, -5 to par, ranking them T-1st.

The Buckeyes continued to excel on the “scoring” holes, the par 3s and par 5s, while slightly improving from their opening round performance on the par-4s..

Through two rounds, Ohio State carded 98 pars, bumping them up a spot to 8th in this metric. Their 37 birdies still rank them first.

Let’s see how the players did:

Jaclyn

Jaclyn eliminated the double bogeys and had 5 birdies, 3 on the back nine to lead the Buckeyes with her sub-par round. She (and Rio) were the only Buckeyes not to score anything higher than a bogey on Saturday. This is her second consecutive 34 (-2) on her back nine. I’d say she has that stretch pretty well figures out. Jaclyn improved two spots to sit in 4th place in the 83 player field.

Katja

Katja had a fine round of 74 (+2), but my god, it could have been better. Although she had 4 birdies and 11 pars, she also carded a double bogey and a triple bogey. With only one bogey, Katja played very well for long stretches… except for two holes. Katja is currently in T-13 place.

Zoe-Beth

Zoe-Beth had a ‘Katja-like’ round. Only one bogey, 4 birdies, 10 pars, but 3 double bogeys. Her back nine was a bit of an adventure; 3 birdies and 2 double bogeys. Still, a good round of 75 that contributed to the team score. Zoe-Beth is currently T-40th place.

Rio

Rio “only” scored 2 birdies, but she was only one of two Buckeyes not to have a score higher than bogey. Sometimes damage control is important. It was to Rio and OSU, since her 75 was needed for team the score. Rio is currently T-13th place.

Niki

Unlike yesterday, Niki did not cruise along for her first 13 holes; she was +3 in her second round. She did close strong, again, with four consecutive par, but her 76 did not count towards team score. Niki is currently T-18th place.

Jessica

Jessica started out pretty well; through 8 holes, her 2 birdies had her at -1, leading the Buckeye scorers (with Rio at the time). A triple bogey on #9 stalled her a bit, but Jessica responded with four consecutive pars. Unfortunately, the round came apart with back-to-back double bogeys on holes #14-#15. She finished her closing three holes in -1 to par, but the damage was done to her round. Jessica is currently T-21st place.

 

 

 

 

Buckeye scores:

B1G Championships Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3
Team 296 294 0
Niki Schroeder 75 76 0
Jessica Porvasnik 75 77 0
Jaclyn Lee 72 70 0
Katja Pogacar 75 74 0
Rio Watanabe 74 75 0
Zoe-Beth Brake 81 75 0

 

A Few Takeaways

  • Jaclyn continues her sterling level of play. I think she has emerged as the “rock” in late season play. Very solid golf.
  • I was thrilled to see Rio continue her level of play. She has become much more consistent lately. I also felt gratified with Zoe-Beth’s bounce-back round. After her torturous opening round, I felt she had to prove that she is waaay better than that.
  • In the first round, six players combined for 8 double bogeys and 1 triple bogey. In the second round, four players combined for 7 doubles and 2 triples. The big numbers are absolutely killing the Buckeyes this week..

Ohio State had some holes that really got away from them, but that’s the way it goes..

Up Next

Sunday’s final round of the B1G Championships.