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tBBC OSUWG: Buckeyes 9th after First Round in B1G Championships

Discussion in 'News' started by Ken, Apr 22, 2016.

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    OSUWG: Buckeyes 9th after First Round in B1G Championships
    via our good friends at Buckeye Battle Cry
    Visit their fantastic blog and read the full article (and so much more) here

    (Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletic Department.)

    (Event scoring and statistics courtesy of

    This week the team travels to Indianapolis, IN for the Big Ten Championships. It will be contested at The Fort Golf Resort, a course set up to play at 6,221 yards and play to a par of 72. This should be an interesting weekend for a couple of reasons. First, the Buckeyes are defending B1G Champions, so a title defense is in play. Actually, they have won the B1G tourney the last two consecutive years, they are going for a three-peat. Secondly, the ‘play 6 score 4’ format, below, suited Ohio State in their previous event, where they finished in 2nd place.

    This tournament is scheduled for three rounds to be played over three days, a total of 54 holes. The format is ‘play six count four’, where a school fields 6 players and the low 4 scores for each player are counted in the round.

    The field consisted of 14 teams, with 5 of them ranked in the Golfstat Top 50: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, #No. 50 Michigan, #40 Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, #7 Northwestern, #34 Ohio State, Penn State, #25 Purdue, Rutgers and Wisconsin.

    The six players participating for the Buckeyes are: Katja Pogacar, Jessica Porvasnik, Jaclyn Lee, Rio Watanabe, Niki Schroeder and Zoe-Beth Brake.

    1st Round

    The Buckeyes had stellar rounds by Katja Pogacar and Jessica Porvasnik to position them in a workable position for Saturday’s 2nd round. Ohio State had three steady six hole stretches of play in their opening round. In their first 6 holes, they shot a team score of -1 to par. In their 2nd six holes, +2 to par and in their 3rd six holes, +2 to par. Solid enough play to easily move up in the standings over the next two rounds.

    They shot a team score of 291 (+3) placing them in 9th position. The Buckeyes were led by Katja Pogacar 69 (-3) and Jessica Porvasnik 71 (-1). Rio Watanabe 75 (+3) and Jaclyn Lee 76 (+4) contributed to the team score. Niki Schroeder 77 (+5) and Zoe-Beth Brake an 79 (+7) rounded our the scoring.

    Katja had an outstanding bogey-free round of 3 birdies enroute to her 69. If you want to catch the exuberance of NCAA golf, this clip of Katja’s birdie on #14 says it all.

    Jessica opened her round with a birdie, then blended 2 birdie/2 bogeys for her round of -1, 71. Any sub-par round, particularly in post season play.

    Rio had a handful (5) of bogeys, but her 2 birdies on the back 9 put her in complete control of her round.

    Jaclyn cruised through a birdie free round without too much damage, since she rang up only 4 bogeys. Nothing great, nothing terrible, just good enough team golf to help OSU stay in the hunt. This was a good round.

    Niki was +4 after 4 holes, not a good start at all. She stabilized the patient by playing the final 14 holes in a very good +1 to par. Although her score did not count toward the team total, Niki recovered to put together a solid final three hours of golf. This momentum could be necessary in the 2nd round.

    Zoe-Beth had a similar start to Niki (+4 after 4) but managed to clock in a birdie among a few birdies. Although her round did not count either, her solid back nine (+2) likely will give her some momentum going into the 2nd round.

    Below is the Buckeye scoring:

    Big Ten Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
    Team 291 0 0 291
    Katja Pogacar 69 0 0 69
    Jessica Porvasnik 71 0 0 71
    Jaclyn Lee 76 0 0 76
    Rio Watanabe 75 0 0 75
    Niki Schroeder 77 0 0 77
    Zoe-Beth Brake 79 0 0 79
    291 0 0 291
    3 0 0 0

    The Buckeyes put together a first round comprised of 9 birdies, 78 pars, 19 bogeys, 1 double bogeys and 1 triple bogey.

    Ohio State played the par 3’s fairly well, averaging a 3.04, 1 over par, ranking T-2nd. They played the par 4’s to an average of 4,27, +16 to par, ranking them T-11th. They played the par 5’s to an average of 4.92, -2 to par, ranking them T-9th.

    Ohio State had 78 pars, ranking them 1st, and 9 birdies, ranking the 14th.

    I think this was a great “pressure” round by the Buckeyes. Coming into the tournament as the 2-time defending champion, they had some sizable targets on their backs. Aside from Katja’s brilliant round and Jessica’s damn good round, the Buckeyes played solid team golf. They understand the “long game” of a three round event. The Buckeyes are only 6 strokes out of 3rd place; a wholly achievable goal for the next round. They are in position to defend their championship.

    Now, on to the 2nd round…

    Go Buckeyes!

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