(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat)
The Buckeyes gear up for a busy week at the NCAA Championships, May 19 – May 24. Three days, 54 holes, of stroke play begin on the 19th. Assuming the Buckeyes advance as one of top 15 teams, they play another 18 holes (May 22) to try to make the cut to the final eight teams.
Here’s the scoop on the tournament, the course, the format, the competitors and 1st round results ) as far as Ohio State is concerned)…
With the cancellation of Saturday’s 2nd round, everything in stroke play compresses by 18 holes. Ohio State began the round nicely positioned in T-3rd place, 4 strokes within the Top-8. As you remember the top eight stroke play teams advance to the match play portion that will determine the national champion. The initial flow was: 24 teams ->15 teams -> 8 teams. Now it’s 24 teams -> 8 teams.
The Buckeyes will tee it up with:
1 — Jaclyn Lee | So. | 73.35 avg. (31 rounds)
2 — Katja Pogacar | Sr. | 73.93 avg. (29 rounds)
3 — Jessica Porvasnik | Sr. | 74.32 avg. (31 rounds)
4 — Niki Schroeder | So. | 74.61 avg. (31 rounds)
5 — Rio Watanabe | r-Jr. | 74.89 avg. (27 rounds)
That’s the set-up. How’d it go?
No thunderstorms but wind speed in the mid-teens. The conditions were much more playable and it was reflected in the scores.
Ohio State had a 2nd round score of 299 (+11), and an aggregate of 610 (+34), placing them in 4th place after 36 holes. Again, the goal is to finish 54 holes within the top eight scorers to advance to championship match play. They have an 10 stroke margin over 9th place Arizona State.
The Buckeyes were led by Jessica Porvasnik and Jaclyn Lee, each shooting 74 (+2). Rio Watanabe 75 (+3) and Niki Schroeder 76 (+4) finished the team scoring. Katja Pogacar 77 (+5) wrapped up Ohio State play on the day.
We Have Stats
Through two rounds, Ohio State has played the par 3’s to an average of 3.38 strokes, +8 to par, which ranked them 16th in that category. They played the par-4’s to 4.32, +32 to par, ranking them 3rd. The par 5’s were played to an average of 5.05, +2 to par, ranking them T-2nd.(Interestingly, the top four par-5 scorers are; Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue and Kent State. A bit of a Midwestern show, no?
The par-3 scoring was about the same as the 1st round, wile the par-4 and par-5 scoring improved significantly.
Ohio State carded 93 pars, ranking them T-15th in this metric. Their total of 25 birdies ranked them 1st.
The Buckeyes began their round on the back nine, hole #10. Let’s see how they did:
Jaclyn cruised through her first nine holes in +1 only to double bogey #1, the first hole on her back nine. No problem, though. Jaclyn went birdie-birdie on her next two holes, then finished her round in +1. After two rounds, Jaclyn (+9) is T-23 of 132 golfers.
Jessica had 3 birdies and 5 bogeys in her round. She was one of two Buckeyes not to have a double bogey today. Considering the windy conditions, that’s an impressive feat. After two rounds, Jessica (+10) is in T-33rd place.
Katja had 2 birdies on her opening nine holes, but a double bogey on #18 brought her to +2 at the turn. Her back nine included a birdie, 2 bogeys and a double bogey. She had 3 birdies, 9 pars and 4 bogeys; other than for 2 holes, this was a pretty well played round. After two rounds, Katja (+7) is in T-14th place.
Niki made the turn with three consecutive pars to be (+3) after nine. She was +3 after 13 holes, then kicked it into gear with closing stretch of -2 over her final five holes. This was a good finish to not only stop bleeding strokes, but to actually pick up strokes on the field. Niki’s round was similar to Katja’s; but foe two holes, this was a solid (4 birdies, 8 pars) performance. After two rounds, Niki (+10) is in T-33rd place with Jessica, et al.
Rio recovered from an tough opening round to shoot a nice, steady round of golf. With 3 bogeys and a birdie, she made the turn at +2, then had 2 birdies and 3 bogeys for her +1 back nine. Rio was the other Buckeye not to have a double bogey this round. After two rounds, Rio (+13) is in T-53th place.
The average score for the field was a bit over 77 strokes. Ohio State’s scoring looks pretty good.
|NCAA Championships||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total|
|Team To Par||23||11||0||34|
A Few Takeaways
- At least the NCAA got the round in today. Although it was windy, which would have made trajectory and ball flighting a challenge, at least the wind helped to dry the course.
- Other than a couple holes that got away from them (which will happen in windy conditions) the Buckeyes played a solid round today. This was a ‘take care of business’ day.
- Ohio State just needs to do something similar tomorrow. Weather forecast (below) would indicate that no one will be making a run up the leader board, but it is very possible to get blown off the leader board. The Buckeyes just need to be patient with their games tomorrow. Everyone is playing in the same conditions.
- Ohio State may be the only B1G team to advance to the Match Play portion. Currently, the 8th team (Miami) is at +43. Michigan (+54) and Michigan State (+57) are out of it. Purdue (+45) has a reasonable chance to work into the top eight.
I think the Buckeyes are in pretty good shape at this point. On Sunday they had 3rd best score of the day. They are 10 strokes clear of 9th place. Per The Weather Channel, Monday’s forecast looks similar to Sunday’s playing conditions; pleasant, but with some wind to contend with.
|DAY||DESCRIPTION||HIGH / LOW||PRECIP||WIND||HUMIDITY|
|Clouds Early/Clearing Late||
|WSW 15 mph||68%|
|SW 16 mph||47%|
Final round of stroke play the NCAA Championships.