(Photo courtesy Ohio State Athletics Dept. Tournament information courtesy LPGA, PGA, Web.com tour.)
Things are a bit fallow with collegiate golf at the moment, but the class-room accolades keep accumulating for the Ohio State men’s and women’s golf teams. We also have some updates on how Buckeye alumni are doing on various professional golf tours.
Big Ten Distinguished Scholars
Senior Josh Wick (Finance) was named Ohio State Distinguished Scholar for the school year 2016-2017. To earn this status, a GPA must be 3.7 or above.
Congratulations, Josh, well done.
Big Ten Distinguished Scholars
Meanwhile, Graduate Zoe-Beth Brake (Studio Art), Graduate Rio Watanabe (Kinesiology), Senior Katja Pogacar (Mathematics) and Sophomore Jaclyn Lee (Finance) were also accorded Distinguished Scholar status.
Congratulations to these young ladies.
Additionally, five student-athletes were recognized as All American Scholars, meaning they had a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 for the school year. The four ladies, above, were joined by Senior Jessica Porvasnik (Finance).
Again, congratulations on your achievements; well done.
Buckeyes On Tour
We have three alum on tour this week; Rachel Rohanna at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic (LPGA), Ryan Armour a the Greenbrier Classic (PGA) and Bo Hoag at the LECOM Health Challenge (Web.com). Today, Friday, is “cut” day on the professional tours. Shoot low enough and you make the cut to play the weekend and earn a paycheck. If you don’t, well, then you won’t. Let’s check in to see how they did:
Rachel has two rounds in the books at 140 (-4), just inside the projected cut line at -3. The cut line is “projected” because the 2nd round was suspended due to lightning. Frankly, I don’t see how she doesn’t pay the weekend. Rachel currently sits at T-46th place.
Rachel opened play on Thursday with a well played 67 (-5). She made the turn at -1, then zipped 3 consecutive birdies to a back nine -4. That was a clutch finish to solidify her position for the tournament.
Friday’s round was pretty bleak for the first couple of hours; through 11 holes, Rachel was +4 on the day, -1 for the event and her next move would likely be back to the hotel to pack her bags. However, just as she finished her back nine on Thursday with a flourish, Rachel birdied three consecutive holes (#12, #13, #14) to move to -4. That is really clutch shooting. Well done, Rachel.
Moving to White Sulphur Springs, WVa, Ryan wasn’t quite as fortunate; his two round score of 140 (even par) left him just outside the cut line of -1. That one hurts, to be so close, yet…
His opening round 68 (-2) featured a strong 3-birdie back nine, but the momentum couldn’t carry over to the second round. Ryan played the front nine to +1 for both rounds, had the good 1st round back nine (above), but just couldn’t get anything going on Friday’s back nine, shooting a 36 (+1).
Ryan has another opportunity this coming week at the John Deere Classic (July 13-16). Good luck, Ryan.
Moving into western New York (Findley Lake) the LECOM event was under way at Peek-N-Peak Resort Course. Through two rounds, Bo is in T-16 place with a score of 137 (-7).
In the opening round, Bo muddled around a bit on his front nine, shooting a 37 (+1). There was no muddling on his back nine; 4 birdies, three consecutive on holes #10, #11, #12 and a birdie on the closing hole pushed his back nine to 32 (-4).
On Friday’s round, Bo shot a respectable 35 (-1 on his front nine, then again owned the back nine with a 3 (-3) to move up nine spots to 16th place.
I played the Upper Course a few years ago in a brother-in-law outing. It is a beautiful challenging layout; you’d bring bring all your shots to Peek-N-Peak – you’ll need them.
Please check back in Monday; I’ll have the weekend recaps for Rachel and Bo. Good luck to both players this weekend.