(Image courtesy bluegolf.com, tournament information courtesy PGAtour.com, PGAofCanada.com, ladieseuropeantour.com ) 

A fair amount of action this past weekend. Five Buckeyes were involved in significant golf activities this week. The dramatis personae are: Ryan Armour (PGA), Bo Hoag (Web.com), Katja Pogacar (LET), Jessica Porvasnik and Coach Therese Hession.

PGA Tour

Ryan Armour was in Sulphur Springs, WV for the Military Tribute at The Greenbrier. It’s alternately known as ‘What dumbshit stunt is Phil Mickelson going to pull?‘ event.

Undeterred by the PM sideshow, Ryan had a good tournament and his score of 67-66-67-72-272 (-8) placed him in T-21st.

His final round of 72 (+2) moved him in the wrong direction, he slipped out of top-10 to 21st, but Ryan did finish with a flourish. And a birdie! 

Ryan actually played three solid rounds and was T-9th entering the final round. Iron play and putting weren’t up to his standards on Sunday, but it was still a good showing.

Web.com Tour

Bo Hoag was in Findlay Lake, NY for the LECOM Health Challenge. Bo couldn’t stick around for the weekend, though. His rounds of 72-74-146 (+2) were well above the cut line of 139 (-3).

Bo drove the ball well enough; he averaged 285 yards and hit 68% of the fairways off the tee. He averaged 70% GIR. His issues were iron play (in round 2) and putting. In his opening round, he hit an outstanding 16/18 greens in regulation, but level par was as good as it got. In round 2, Bo hit only half the greens in regulation. He averaged over 2 putts per green and several of his bogeys were the result of 3-putts. If you are putting from anywhere above the hole on these greens, this is what happens…

The event was played at the Peek n’ Peak Course. I’ve played this course a couple times with my brothers-in-law. It’s an interesting layout on hilly terrain (it is a ski area, after all). I think the only level lie you get is, maybe, in your hotel room..

Ladies European Tour Access Series

Katja Pogacar played in the Ribeira Sacra Patrimonio de la Humanidad International Ladies Open, in Lugo, Spain. The cut line was 143 (+3). Katja’s opening two rounds of 75-73-148 (+8).

There weren’t a lot of birdies (3) and too many double bogeys (2). Some weeks are like that. Clean your clubs, learn from your round and move to the next tournament.

Canadian PGA

Jessica Porvasnik took her game international with a win at the DCM PGA Women’s Championship of Canada. The 36 hole tournament was held at the Ladies Golf Club of Toronto; just across the Niagara River and a couple hours north of Buffalo. Jessica’s score of 68-72-140 (-4) was one stroke better than runners-up Sandra Angulo and Aram Choi.

In her opening round, Jessica treaded water with a front nine of 37 (E). She took care of loose ends with a 31 (-4) on the back nine and a round of 68 (-4). At the end of the round, she held a 1 stroke lead.

Jessica, Sandra and Aram all shot even par 72 on the second day. All three shot 36 (-1) on their front nines. With one hole to play, Jessica held a 1 stroke lead over Aram and 2 over Sandra. Jessica and Aram bogeyed the final hole and Sandra parred it – giving Jessica the victory. That’s a pretty exciting/tense finish.

Jessica took home a 1st place cheque, which is always nice if you’re a professional. But here’s the great benefit; Jessica gets an exemption into this year’s CP Canadian Women’s Open, August 20-26. At this point, there is a strong field entered into this event, so this will be a good test of where Jessica stands at this point in her career. The final field is not yet set, but it’s possible that Jessica will be playing with former Buckeye teammate, Jaclyn Lee. I’m speculating, but confident, that Jaclyn is in line for another sponsor’s exemption.

Arnold Palmer Cup

Ohio State’s Director of Golf/Head Women’s coach Therese Hession was one of two coaches for the U.S. Arnold Palmer Cup team at the Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-les-Bains, France. Basically, this international collegiate competition came into being several year ago with the blessing/backing of Arnold Palmer.

The American team and International team are each comprised of 24 high level male and female collegiate golfers. The format is similar to the Ryder Cup with fourball, foursome and Individual match play.

So, that’s the background; how did Team USA do? Very well. Based on an overwhelming performance in Singles match play, Team USA had 38 1/2 points to TEAM International’s 21 1/2 points.

  •  In Day 1 mixed fourball, Team USA held an 8-4 advantage.
  • In Day 2’s morning matches, mixed foursomes, Team International outscored Team USA 7 1/2 to 4 1/2. This cut USA’s lead to 1 point, 12 1/2 to 11 1/2.
  • In Day 2’s afternoon fourball matches,  Team USA had an 8 to 4 advantage. This moved USA’s lead to 5 points, 20 1/2 to 15 1/2. Team International had its work cut out for it in the Singles matches.
  • In the Day 3 Singles matches, Team USA took 18 of the 24 points to wrap up the Arnold Palmer Cup, 38 1/2 to 21 1/2.

Congratulations to Team USA. Well done, ladies and gentlemen.

Academics

On a more meaningful note, four Buckeyes were tabbed as 2017-2018 All-American Scholars. They were; Rio Watanabe, Jaclyn Lee, Adeena Shears and Alanis Sakuma. Yes, they are all fine golfers but let’s not forget why they are at Ohio State.

Up Next

Rosie Jones is in Chicago, IL for the USGA’s U.S. Senior Women’s Championship. Bo is in Farmington, UT for the Utah Championship. Bo finished T-19 in this event last year.  Emma is in French Lick, IN for the Donald Ross Classic at French Lick Resort.

 

Local Golf

So, I managed to get in 9 holes with my friends last Thursday afternoon. Results were petty good – I turned in a 39 (+3). All aspects of the game were working pretty well. Monday’s round was a step sideways. The good news was that my putting showed improvement. The bad news was my “mental” game was a mess. I had four double bogeys and three of the were a result of sloppy play. I doubled the 1st, 7th and 14th solely on dumb play. I played those three holes and truly did not hit a good shot from tee to green. Looks like I’ll need to add “mental game” to my golfing bucket list. Oh, my!