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tBBC OSUWG: OSU Three-peats as B1G Champions

Discussion in 'News' started by Ken, Apr 24, 2016.

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    OSUWG: OSU Three-peats as B1G Champions
    Ken
    via our good friends at Buckeye Battle Cry
    Visit their fantastic blog and read the full article (and so much more) here


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    (Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletic Department. Event scoring and statistics courtesy of GolfStat.com)

    You’d be all smiles, too, if you just won back-to-back-to back conference titles,

    The Big Ten Championship is this week. The background and 1st & 2nd round play of the Buckeyes is here and here.

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

    I’ll be damned, they did it. They chased down Northwestern to earn a tie for 1st place – their 3rd consecutive Big Ten Championship! The Wildcats went deep on their own, shooting a team score of -6. But, Ohio State exceeded even Saturday’s performance by shooting -8 to bring both teams to a score of 852; -12 to par for the three rounds.


    3rd Round


    This was high drama all day long. First, Ohio State and Northwestern were paired together, so you always had your main adversary in your sights. They trailed Northwestern by 2 strokes entering the round and for most of the day could not gain ground on them. However, the Buckeyes chased down the Wildcats simply by playing better golf at the end. Over the last half hour (or so) of play, Ohio State was -1 to par while Northwestern was +3. This is the fine edge; 54 holes of golf and a championship comes down to two holes at the end…

    Buckeyes had sub-par rounds by Katja Pogacar (again), Jessica Porvasnik (again) and Rio Watanabe (again). Niki Schroeder and Zoe-Beth Brake shot very good rounds and by any measure Jaclyn Lee’s round was solid. They were relentless on Sunday and it paid off with a championship. This was another outstanding round of team golf.

    They shot a team score of 280 (-8), a 1 stroke improvement from Saturday. The Buckeyes were led by Katja Pogacar 67 (-5), Rio Watanabe 69 (-3) and Jessica Porvasnik 71 (-1). Niki Schroeder 73 (+1), Zoe-Beth Brake 73 (+1) and Jaclyn Lee (75 (+3) all shot superb rounds.

    Niki started strongly, with 2 birdies in her first 6 holes. A couple of late round bogeys bumped her score to 73. A fine first go-round in post-conference play.

    Jessica was even par through 4 holes, recorded 1 birdie and 13 pars to close out her round of -1, 71.

    Rio birdied her first 2 holes(again), then birdied 2 of her last 3 holes for her 70.

    Katja birdied her first hole (always a good start) and birdied #7/#8 for a front 9, 33, -3. She birdied 2 of her last 3 holes to close with a back 9 34, -1. This was simply outstanding tournament golf.

    Jaclyn had a ton of pars (15) enroute to her solid round of 75. Another good post-season performance.

    Zoe-Beth was +2 on her front side, then carded two birdies for a back nine -1 for a solid, needed round of 73.

    Below is the Buckeye scoring:

    Big Ten Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
    Team 291 281 280 852
    Katja Pogacar 69 72 67 208
    Jessica Porvasnik 71 70 71 212
    Jaclyn Lee 76 74 75 225
    Rio Watanabe 75 70 69 214
    Niki Schroeder 77 69 73 219
    Zoe-Beth Brake 79 76 73 228
    291 281 280 852
    3 -7 -8 -12

    The Buckeyes put together a round comprised of 19 birdies, 74 pars and 15 bogeys. This was their second consecutive round scoring no score higher than bogey. Think about it; 216 holes and nothing worse than bogeys.

    Through three rounds, Ohio State played the par 3’s fairly well, averaging a 3.07, +5 to par, ranking them 2nd. They played the par 4’s very well, to an average of 4,11, +19 to par, ranking them T-2nd. They played the par 5’s to an average of 4.81, -14 to par, ranking them 2nd. That is consistently a high level of golf.

    Over three rounds, Ohio State had 223 pars, ranking them 1st, and 47 birdies, ranking them T-3rd.

    Next up, the NCAA Regionals.

    Go Buckeyes!

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