(Image courtesy woga.org, tournament information courtesy Ohio State Athletics Dept, LPGA Tour, PGA Tour.com)
Update: Final results for Rachel Rohanna’s and Bo Hoag’s Sunday rounds.
Update: Bo blistered the course with a final round 66 (-5) finish in T-36, a 23 place improvement on Sunday.
His front nine was a water-treading 35 (-1). He made things interesting on the back nine with a 31 (-4) that featured an eagle and 2 birdies. Nice finish, Bo.
Bo will walk away from this event with fond memories of the 553 yard par-5 11th hole. In four rounds, he had 2 eagles and a birdie – 5 under par on that hole.
Bo Hoag is at the WinCo Foods Portland Open this week. After two good rounds going into the weekend, Saturday’s “moving day” round moved Bo in the wrong direction. His 72 (+1) dropped him 15 places to T-59.
Inconsistency marked his Saturday front nine. He had a seven hole stretch that went; birdie, bogey, birdie, bogey, bogey, par, bogey. If you’re counting, that’s +2 in that stretch.
Thanks to an eagle 3 on the par-5 11th hole, Bo played the back nine in -1 to salvage his round somewhat. To get a good final round under his belt, Bo needs to settle down a bit. In each succeeding round, his number of birdies and pars have been decreasing and the number of bogeys increasing.
Update: Rachel shot a 1-under par 70 to finish -1 for the tournament and in a tie for 39th place. She was even par for the day, and tournament, until she birdied the par=3 17th hole to get into red numbers.
Of note, also in T-39 spot with Rachel were two U.S. Solheim Cup players; Paula Creamer and Austin Ernst. Rachel is running in good company…
Rachel Rohanna sits in T-52 place after 3 rounds in the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in Ottawa, Canada. Her rounds going into Sunday of 69-71-73 have her at even par. At the time of this article, Rachel is -2 through 11 holes in the final round.
LPGA/Symentra Tour Qualifying
Speaking of “final rounds”, Saturday was the final round of the first stage in the LPGA/Symentra tours Q (qualifying) School. A reminder, the goal is to finish in the top 125 of 360 contestants through three rounds of play. How did Jessica Porvasnik, Katja Pogacar and Rio Watanabe do?
Jessica was in great shape through two rounds with scores of 71-71 142 (-2) to sit in T-38. Things got a bit dicey in round 3 as Jessica shot a 76 (+4), which dropped her to T-81. Where each of the first two rounds featured 2 birdies and a bogey, this round “featured” 4 bogeys.
This was not her sharpest round, but it didn’t need to be. She had done well in the first two rounds to put herself in great position. She’s within the top 125 players and will advance to the next qualifying stage in October. Congratulations, Jessica, well done.
Rio had opening rounds of 73-76 149 (+5) which has her T-175. I felt she had to have a final round of three or four under par to get into +1/+2 territory to make the cut.
As it turned out, Rio shot a solid final round of 72 (Even) to finish at +5. The problem was the cut line had drifted higher then I’d projected, but not high enough. The cut was at +4, leaving Rio one shot over the line. In Rio’s case, it could have been one hole that made a difference…
Katja shot rounds of 75-76 151 (+7) which has her T-215 and in even more dire circumstances than Rio. Her final round of 70 (-2) improved her final score to +5 to par, but like Rio, falling one shot short of the cut line.
I have to say that Katja showed that she’s a gamer; she finished her last six holes in -3, including back to back birdies on #17 – #18 to close out her round. This could have been the stuff of legends if she’d had been able to make the cut. As with Rio, Katja can look back to probably one hole tha made a difference.
I’ll have brief daily updates on Monday for Rachel and Bo. Please stop by.
It’s a stunning afternoon in Buffalo. Sunny, temps in the low-mid 70’s, and a light breeze. I think I’ll
go golfing take my wife and sister-in-law out for a nice mid-afternoon lunch at a lakefront restaurant to enjoy the day.