(Image courtesy Niagara Falls Country Club. Stats courtesy Golfstat.com)
Here is yesterday’s article that gave the background to the event and the 1st round recap; as far as Ohio State golfers were concerned. The conditions of play were even nicer for round two. As a reminder, this year has a solid Buckeye contingent of Zoe-Beth Brake, Jessica Porvasnik and Niki Schroeder.
So how’d things go?
Jessica shot a 2nd round 76 (+4 )to give her a two round total of 149 (+7), dropping her to 25th place. Fortunately, Jessica is making plenty of pars, she’s just not enough birdies to offset the occasional bogey that creeps onto the scorecard.
Jessica had a well played front nine of even par, but couldn’t get any scoring done on her closing nine of 40.
Through two rounds, Jessica has 26 pars, ranking her T-3rd. That’s quite good, but she has only 3 birdies, T-36 with a lot of other players. She’s not letting any hole get away from her, which is good, but the inability to make birdies s far isn’t helping matters.
In par-3 scoring, Jessica averaged 3.50 strokes, +5 to par, putting her in T-45th place. She led the Buckeyes in par-4 scoring with an average of 4.13, +2 to par, placing her in T-5th place. (If you’re going to play a set of holes well, the par 4’s, because there are so many, are the ones to do it on). In par-5 scoring, Jessica averaged 4.80, -2 to par putting her in T-20th.
Zoe-Beth had an impressive 70 (-2) to give her a two day total of 146 (+2) and move her up 17 spots to T-7th place. Z-B had 5 birdies on the day to boost her round. On the front nine, a four hole stretch (#3 – #6) yielded 3 birdies to let her make the turn at even par on the day. She really made her move with 2 birdies / 7 pars on the back nine for a -2 34 stretch.
Through two rounds, Zoe-Beth has 20 pars, good for T-28. She has 7 birdies, putting her in T-6. Ten of her pars and five of her birdies came in the 2nd round, so there wan’t a lot of fooling around out there.
In par-3 scoring, Zoe-Beth averaged 3.20, +2 to par. She is in the following group of eight players, tied for 16th, I guess… In par-4 scoring, Z-B averaged 4.31, +5 to par, placing her T-25th. She leads the Buckeyes in par-5 scoring with an average of 4.50, -5 to par. She is T-5th place in this metric..
Niki moved up 5 spots to T-19 with a second round score of 72 (E). Somewhat similar to her opening round, this was another “tale of two rounds”. Today, after opening with two pars, Niki slammed 3 consecutive birdies home, then made the turn at -2. Her back nine score of 38 (+2) was still pretty well played except for a double bogey on the par-5 13th hole.
Through two rounds, Niki has 18 pars, good for 41st place. Parring half your holes is generally a good thing. Especially since Niki is a bit of a birdie “machine”. Her 9 birdies (5 in 2nd round) place her third in this category.
In par-3 scoring, Niki leads the Buckeyes with an average of 3.10, +1 to par. She is in a group of eleven players sharing 5th place. In par-4 scoring, Niki is averaging 4.19 strokes, +3 to par in T-9th place. In par-5 scoring, Niki averages even par, 5.00, placing her in T-36.
Interestingly, the three Buckeyes are attacking this course in three different ways. Niki is shredding the par 3’s, Jessica is manipulating the par 4’s and Zoe-Beth is overpowering the par 5’s. There are different ways to play a course; playing to your strength is your best bet.
I tend to fall into generally describing these players as “young ladies”. Well, they are young. And, from what I’ve observed, they appears to be well reared. But, even though a lot of them may appear to be slight of frame, they can generate some impressive angular momentum => club head speed => distance. There is nothing tentative about these swings. This is all out rotation and speed.
In 2016, Buckeyes dominated Women’s Porter Cup Play. Jaclyn Lee (+3) placed T-3, Zoe-Beth (+5) placed 5th, Niki (+9) placed 9th and Jessica (+11) placed T-12th. Through 2 rounds this year, Zoe-Beth is (+2), Niki is +4) and Jessica is (+5). All three Buckeyes are in position to better their scores from last year.
Final round of the Women’s Porter Cup. Please check back in for the recap.