As a follow up to yesterday’s post, we’ll check in on Katja Pogacar, Aneka Seumanutafa, Emma Jandel, Rachel Rohanna and Rio Watanabe.
Ladies European Tour
This week, Katja is participating in the Scottish Ladies Open at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland. Katja shot an opening round of 72 (+1) and actually wasn’t in too bad of a position to advance to weekend play. Last year, the cut line was +1, so Katja has a good chance to play the weekend.
This year, the projected cut line was 142, level par. Katja had a second round of 78 (+7) to put her well outside the cut line. She had 11 bogeys and 3 birdies so she didn’t have any high numbers, but just couldn’t convert pars.
Overall, this hasn’t been a bad two weeks for Katja, despite missing the cut in both (British, Scottish) Opens. This is only her 3rd year on Tour and to play in both “British Isles” Opens and actually score reasonably well in stretches, has to be a confidence booster for her.
U.S. Women’s Amateur
When we last saw Aneka Seumanutafa, she had advanced to the Quarterfinals to play #13 seed Albane Valenzuela. In yesterday’s post, I mentioned this would be one hell of a match and you don’t want to miss it. I was right. The match was tied through seven holes, then Albane held a 1-up lead at the turn. Albane took a 2-up lead with a birdie on hole #13 and closed out the match with birdies on #15 and #16 to defeat Aneka 4 & 2.
Through the sixteen holes of play, Albane was -6 to par and Aneka was -2 to par. This was amateur golf at a very high level.
Off hand, I’f think that coaches Hession and Snider are upbeat for this coming season. Half their team qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur and one player made it to the quarterfinals.
Three Buckeyes are in Milwaukee, WI for the Symetra Tour’s PHC Classic. Emma Jandel, Rachel Rohanna and Rio Watanabe teed it up. So, how’d the opening round go? Let’s say it’s been better.
Emma opened with a round of 75 (+3) to place T-97. She began her round on hole #10 and was level par through five holes. She dropped three strokes on #15 and #16, but parred out to make the turn at 39 (+3). Emma worked in two bogeys with two birdies for a back nine of 36 (E) and a round of 75.
Rachel opened with a round of 76 (+4) to sit in T-113. She was even through five holes then bogeyed #6 and #7 to make the turn at 38 (+2). She got a stroke back with a birdie on # 11, then gave back three strokes over the next three holes. Rachel finished her round with four consecutive pars.
Rio opened with a round of 80 (+8) to finish T-139. She began play on hole #10 with a bogey and that’s pretty much how her opening nine played out; she made the turn at 43 (+7). Rio rebounded with birdies on three of her first four holes on the back nine, but a closing nine of 37 (1) gave her the round of 80. Saturday’s round will be a good “practice” round for Rio; an opportunity to work on her game.
We’ll continue with Symetra second round coverage tomorrow.