(Image and tournament information courtesy of lpga.com)
Jaclyn did her ‘thing’ and is comfortably in the top 100 to advance to Stage II. Katja had a terrific, clutch performance to also move into the top 100. Rio’s round sort of kept her “in play” for Stage II, pending results of The Evian Championship, to be played in mid September. Unfortunately, Jessica’s round knocked her out of Stage II qualification.
So, mid-September will be a big week for us. It’s the opening of Ohio State Golf Fall schedule, men’s and women’s play and a determination if Rio can slide into Stage II of LPGA Q-School qualification.
Five Buckeyes teed it up Thursday as part of the LPGA Q-Series tournament. The participants were Jaclyn Lee, Rio Watanabe, Jessica Porvasnik, Katja Pogacar and Emma Jandel. The tournament that ended Sunday, August 26th was Stage I in the process of aspiring golfers to obtain (hopefully) significant playing status on the LPGA, or short of that, the Symetra Tour.
As you see, from the screenshot, below, all five Buckeyes made the made the 54-hole cut, which entitles them to 2019 status on the Symetra Tour. The final 18 holes of this tournament is conducted today, Sunday. Because of the information “lag”, I won’t have final round updates until Monday, August 27th. I’ll have final round recap and the implications of how the Buckeyes finished.
Jaclyn was pretty much in control of her fate early in this tournament when she birdied the first hole. Her play was consistently sharp by spreading her 12 birdies evenly across her first three rounds. She was reluctant to give back strokes. She carded only 8 bogeys. Through three rounds, Jaclyn is in T14th place.
Rio got off to a good start as well, by playing her first two rounds in 143 (-1). Eight birdies and 7 bogeys will do that. She stumbled a bit in her third round with a 76 (+4). However, her early rounds gave her enough of a boost that Rio sits in T79th position after three rounds.
Rio played pretty steady golf. She had 11 bogeys and 10 birdies, so that netted out pretty well for her.
Jessica got off to a slow start with an opening round 76 (+4). She recovered nicely with a second round 71 (-1). She was evidently locked into her game for stretches since she recorded five birdies in the round. Her third round 75 (+3) just got her into the first cut line at T124. Since top-125 and ties proceed to the fourth round, Jessica just got in. But, got in she did.
She actually had 52 pretty decent holes of golf. Two holes, a double and a triple bogey, got away from here, but she made enough birdies, seven, to mitigate the damage.
Speaking of just getting in, Katja finished in a group that just made the final 54-hole cut by one stroke. It took Katja a round of 77 (+5) to find her game, but strong 2nd (E) and 3rd (+2) rounds nudged her over the cut line.
I noticed in three rounds, Katja had only 1 double bogey, so she wasn’t throwing away strokes. However, she had only two birdies, so she wasn’t gaining that many strokes, either.
Emma’s three rounds were steady, but they were about 2 strokes per round too high. She scored enough birdies, eight over three rounds, but was undone by stretches of play that just can’t happen.
In her first round, she had a four hole stretch where she was +3. In her second round, she had a three hole stretch where she was +4. In her third round, Emma had a five hole stretch where she was +6; the culprit being a quadruple bogey on #18, her ninth hole of the day.
I’ll have final round Q-School recap Monday. I’ll have the exploits of Ryan Armour, Bo Hoag and Joey Sindelar either Monday or Tuesday.