(Image courtesy woga.org, tournament information courtesy Ohio State Athletics Dept, LPGA Tour, PGA Tour.com)
It’s Saturday morning and we have a few scores from Friday. Here’s where we stood as of yesterday (Friday) afternoon on the Web.com and LPGA tours. Additionally, there is some Buckeye-related activity in the LPGA/Symentra tours Q-School.
Bo Hoag is at the WinCo Foods Portland Open this week. His two round scores of 69-71 140 (-2) places Bo in T-44th position. His opening round score of 69 (-2) on Thursday had Bo in T-32nd place. His front nine of 35 (-1) was matched by his -1 (34) back nine. Bo had 2 birdies, 1 bogey on the front and 3 birdies, 2 bogeys on the back.
On Friday, Bo was -2 through three holes then finished front nine play +2 on his final three holes for an even par 36. On his back nine, Bo opened bogey-par, then stumbled with consecutive bogeys on holes #14-#15. Fortunately, he cleaned up his round with a chip-in eagle 3 on the par-5 18th hole.
Rachel Rohanna opened play with a 69 (-2) on Thursday and backed it up with a 71 (E) on Friday. Her two round score of 140 (-2) has Rachel in T-23.
Rachel opened play on Thursday with a 5 birdie, 3 bogey round. This was followed by a 4 birdie, 4 bogey second round on Friday. She was actually -4 at the turn on Friday, lost two shots to par, but parred her last two holes to hold the round at even par – a nice recovery.
Jaclyn Lee accepted a sponsor’s exemption into the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in Ottawa, Canada. However, her two rounds of 75-74 149 (+7) put her well over the cut line of +2.
Although Jaclyn did put up five birdies, she was undone by two stretches where the game went sideways for a bit. In the first round, she had a three hole stretch where she was +4. In the second round, she had a four hole stretch where she was +4. Aside from that, she had a good showing and actually performed better than quite a few professionals, including several who recently competed on the Solheim Cup.
LPGA/Symentra Tour Qualifying
The LPGA is conducting its Q (qualifying) School for aspiring professional golfers and amateurs who may intend to turn professional in 2018. Three Buckeyes are teeing it up to qualify; Katja Pogacar, Jessica Porvasnik and Rio Watanabe. The goal is to finish in the top 125 of 360 contestants through three rounds of play.
Jessica shot rounds of 71-71 142 (-2) to sit in T-38 through two of three qualifying rounds.
Her rounds were pretty similar; a couple birdies, lots of pars and a bogey once in a while. Each round had 2 birdies, 15 pars and 1 bogey. This is a lot like her collegiate days; pars are your friends.
She’s well within the top 125 at this point and is playing well and doing a nice job of managing her game. Short of signing an incorrect score card, Jessica is in great shape to advance to the next qualifying stage in October.
Rio had opening rounds of 73-76 149 (+5) which has her T-175. Her opening round was not too badly played with 3 birdies and four bogeys. She sat at T-113 position, so still in decent shape. Friday’s round didn’t go so well. I mean a 76 isn’t bad golf, but trying to get through Q-School is a different ball game than collegiate golf. Rio had 2 birdies on Friday, but 4 bogeys and a double bogey didn’t help her prospects.
Rio needs to shoot a round in the 68-69 range on Saturday. She has to pass somewhere around 40-45 golfers to have a chance. Saturday would be a good day for Rio to do “Rio things”.
Katja shot rounds of 75-76 151 (+7) which has her T-215. At this point, this is good experience for Katja. Her opening round of 75 had 1 birdie and four bogeys, so not that bad. On Friday’s second round, Katja was in good shape, making the turn at -1 to par. On the back nine, she bogeyed #12, then birdied #14 to get back to -1 for the round. However, things went to hell in a three hole stretch. Bogeys on #15 and #16 were capped by a triple bogey on #17 to push her to a back nine 41 and round of 76.
This has to be disappointing that despite playing good golf for over a round and a half, a 40 – 45 minute stretch wrecked her round and stymied her opportunity to advance in this year’s Q-School. Of course, if Katja can shoot a round in the mid-60’s on Saturday…
I’ll have brief daily updates Sunday on Jessica, Rio and Katja and on Monday for Rachel and Bo. Please stop by.