(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)… Here is the 36 hole recap. The Buckeyes are well positioned, they need to replicate Sunday’s round to make the Elite Eight.

The Buckeyes

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?

Recap

It went well, quite well. Ohio State had a score of 303 (+15) in the final round of stroke play and an aggregate of 913 (+49), placing them in 4th place. All they needed to do was to play well enough to finish in the top eight and that they did.

The Buckeyes were led by Rio Watanabe 74 (+2). Katja Pogacar 75 (+3), Jessica Porvasnik 76 (+4) and Niki Schroeder 78 (+6) finished the team scoring. Jaclyn Lee 79 (+7) wrapped up Ohio State play on the day.

We Have Stats

Through three rounds, Ohio State has played the par 3’s to an average of 3.37 strokes, +22 to par, which ranked them 17th in that category.  They played the par-4’s to 4.30, +45 to par, ranking them 2nd. The par 5’s were played to an average of 5.07, +4 to par, ranking them T-6th.

The par-3 scoring was about the same through all three rounds, while the par-4 and par-5 scoring improved from round to round.

Ohio State carded 147 pars, ranking them T-13th in this metric. Their total of 35 birdies ranked them 1st.

The Buckeyes began their round on the back nine, hole #10. Let’s see how they did:

Jaclyn

Jaclyn cruised through her first eight holes in +3 only to double bogey #9 to make the turn at +5. through 15 holes, she was +8, then played her final three holes in -1, including a birdie on #18. She does know how to close out a round.  Jaclyn (+16) finished T-50 of 132 golfers.

Jessica

Jessica was the only Buckeye not to have a birdie, oddly enough. However, she did not have any double bogeys either. Her 14 par, 4 bogey round was a steadying influence. Jessica (+14) finished T-32.

Katja

Katja finished her front nine with 5 consecutive pars to make the turn at +2. Like Jessica, Katja did not have a double bogey. She finished her closing four holes in -1, scoring a birdie on #18 to end her round in style. Katja (+10) finished T-17.

Niki

Niki had an interesting mid-round stretch. She double bogeyed #7 to go to +6 at that point. Deciding that was enough nonsense, she scored 3 consecutive birdies (#8 – #10) to get her round to +3. A closing double bogey fluffed the score, but what an incredible mid-round stretch of play. Niki (+16) is in T-50th place with Jaclyn, et al.

Rio

Rio had 3 birdies on her front nine to make the turn at -1. She had an eventful back nine, starting with 5 consecutive pars. Her closing stretch was bogey-bogey-double bogey-birdie. Rio (+15) finished n T-45th.

Buckeye scores:

NCAA Championships Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
Team 311 299 303 913
Jaclyn Lee 79 74 79 232
Katja Pogacar 74 77 75 226
Jessica Porvasnik 80 74 76 230
Niki Schroeder 78 76 78 232
Rio Watanabe 82 75 74 231
Team To Par 23 11 15 49

 

The average score for the field on Monday was a bit over 76 strokes. Ohio State’s score doesn’t look bad at all.

A Few Takeaways

  • Mission accomplished, they are moving on to the Match Play Championship round. They nearly replicated Sunday’s round by grinding through tough scoring conditions.
  • The was a good “show composure and patience” round. In particular, coming down to the closing 1-2 holes, Ohio State was in 5th place, but well within reach of being overtaken by three teams to possibly miss the cut. However, closing birdies on the par-5, 18th hole by Katja and Rio and a par by Jessica shut down their pursuers and enabled them to move up a spot to 4th.
  • This was a gutsy three day performance by Ohio State. Of the advancing eight teams, Ohio State is the only team ranked outside the Top-20. Four teams are within Top-10 (#1 Stanford, #3 Florida, #6 Southern Cal, #7 Arizona State). Three other teams are in Top-20 (#12 Northwestern, #14 Kent State, #17 Baylor).

 

Up Next

Match play competition the NCAA Championships – the final eight teams. Depending on how the NCAA resolves ties, Ohio State’s opponent tomorrow morning will be either Southern Cal or Florida. I’ll post update when available.

Update:

Here we go, per the NCAA web site. Ohio State faces Southern Cal Tuesday morning in quarterfinal play. Winner of that match plays the winner of Northwestern-Kent State match

Pos Pos
1 Northwestern Stanford 2
8 Kent State Baylor 7
4 Ohio State Arizona State 3
5 Southern Cal Florida 6