The Buckeyes have every reason to smile.
(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat)
The OSU Golf Club’s Scarlet Course will be set up to a length of 6,319 yards and play to par 72.
The team format is a “play 5, count 4”.
The 18 team field, as you’d expect, is loaded. The top six teams advance to the NCAA Finals.
Six golfers compete as individuals. The top three scores advance to the NCAA Finals.
The Buckeyes will tee it up with:
1 – Jaclyn Lee | So. | 73.21 avg. (28 rounds)
2 – Jessica Porvasnik | Sr. | 73.93 avg. (28 rounds)
3 – Katja Pogacar | Sr. | 74.04 avg. (26 rounds)
4 – Niki Schroeder | So. | 74.46 avg. (28 rounds)
5 – Rio Watanabe | r-Jr. | 74.92 avg. (24 rounds)
That’s the set-up. How’d it go?
Well, it wasn’t too bad (6th best round of the day) and Ohio State did exactly what they needed to do for the day; finish in the top 6 to advance to the NCAA’s. Their final round score of 302 gave them a three day total of 893 and earned them 4th place.
The Buckeyes were led by Katja Pogacar 70 (-2) and Rio Watanabe 74 (+2). Jaclyn Lee 79 (+7) and Niki Schroeder 79 (+7) completed the team scoring. Jessica Porvasnik 80 (+8) rounded out the Buckeye scoring.
We Have Stats
Through the three rounds, Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.35 strokes, +21 to par, which ranked them 12th in that category. In contrast, they played the par-4’s to 4.23, +35 to par, ranking them T-1st. The par 5’s were played to an average of 4.88, -7 to par, ranking them 2nd.
Ohio State had 48 pars on the day, giving them 165 through two rounds, ranking them 2nd in this metric. Their 11 birdies on the round gave them 32 through two rounds, ranking them T-5th. Their lone eagle (Rio) placed them T-2nd.
Let’s see how the players did:
Jaclyn had a little bit of everything going on Wednesday. She had 2 birdies, 2 double bogeys, a handful of bogeys and almost two handfuls of pars.She did par #18 to bring her score in at 79. Jaclyn finished T-13.
Let’s just say tha Jessica didn’t have her best form this week. Her final round 80 on her home course was probably not in her plans. I’m not going to worry about it too much about this; if anything, this should motivate her in the NCAA’s. Jessica finished T-56th.
Katja provided the needed “score” for the Buckeyes on Wednesday. Katja replicated her 1st day effort with 5 birdies but only 3 bogeys for her final round of 70 (-2). She went back-to back twice, with birdies on #3 – #4 and on #11 – #12. Katja also threw in a birdie of # 14 – just because she could. Katja finished T-5th place.
Niki struggled to get anything going on Wednesday’s front nine (+5), but responded with a solid back nine (+2) enroute to her 79. On Tuesday, she had 1 hole that was over par. Today she had 1 hole that was under par; the difference a day makes. That’s kind of the way golf goes… Niki finished T-30th place.
Rio had a solid enough front nine (+2) with 1 birdie and 2 bogeys. She teed off at the par-5 12th holes at +3. That didn’t last for long; Rio played the next three holes in birdie-par-eagle to get back to even par for the day. She turned into the clubhouse with bogeys on two of her last four holes, and her 74 provided a nice ‘anchor’ score for Ohio State. Rio finished T-13th.
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A Few Takeaways
This was a ‘good enough’ round of golf for Ohio State. They had an okay 1st round, an excellent 2nd round and played well enough in their 3rd round to comfortably advance to the NCAA Championships. Which, after all, is the point of the Regional, so; well done, Buckeyes.
Three of Ohio State’s five players shot 79-80; two players shot par or below. Fortunately, their outstanding 2nd round performance gave them ample cushion to absorb higher scores and still qualify. In fact, there was no doubt about them advancing on to the NCAA’s.
Fantastic Finish (non-Ohio State)
The NCAA Championships in Sugar Grove, IL. The event is scheduled from Friday, May 19 – Tuesday May 23.