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tBBC OSUWG: NCAA Championships, Round 1, have Buckeyes in Top 10


OSUWG: NCAA Championships, Round 1, have Buckeyes in Top 10
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(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletic Department, the NCAA and GolfChannel.com. Event scoring and statistics courtesy of GolfStat.com)

Coach Hession has secured the head covers. NCAA’s are underway!

You’d be all smiles, too, if you just earned a trip to the NCAA Championships. They done did it! Now, they have a grueling week in Eugene OR. They will play at the Eugene Country Club, to a yardage of 6,369 yards or 6,331 yards (depending on weather; Hole #11 is played at 190 or 152 yards), to a par of 72.

Here we are, the NCAA Championships. This event is a bit more involved than the tournaments we’ve seen. Gere’s the championship format, courtesy NCAA:

The championship format consists of all 24 teams and 12 individuals completing 54 holes of stroke play, and then the top 15 teams along with the top nine individuals not on an advancing team will advance for one additional day of stroke play to determine the top eight teams for match play competition and the 72-hole stroke play individual champion. The top eight teams then compete in match play for the championship.

The championship has several levels. The familiar 54 hole stroke play format that cuts the field from 24 to 1.5. That’s the first hurdle. Then another 18 holes to determine the best 8 teams. Finally, these eight teams are in involved three rounds of match play to determine the 2016 NCAA Champion. That’s a lot of golf to squeeze into six days; it’s more grueling mentally than it is physically.

The scoring format is the familiar ‘play five, score four’.

This will be fun to watch.

Here are the teams, in alphabetical order, with their Golfstat Top 25 Ranking.

Alabama (1), Arizona (10),Arkansas (11), BYU, Duke (5), Florida (4), Florida State (16), Furman (19), Georgia (6), Miami FL, Michigan, North Carolina, Northwestern (7), Ohio State (25), Oklahoma State (8), Oregon (20), South Carolina (18), Stanford (12), Tennessee (21), Texas (24), UCLA (3), USC (2), Virginia (15) and Washington (13).

The participating Individuals (schools) are: Elise Bradley (LSU), Sarah Burnham, (Michigan State), Olivia Cason (Louisville), Leonie Harm (Houston), August Kim (Purdue), Jennifer Kupcho (Wake Forest), Marianne Li (California), Laura Lonardi (Baylor), Bianca Pagdanganan (Gonzaga), Lauren Stephenson (Clemson), Linnea Strom (Arizona State), Andrea Wong (UC Davis)

The Buckeyes should be familiar to you by now. They are: Katja Pogacar, Jessica Porvasnik, Rio Watanabe, Jaclyn Lee and Niki Schroeder.

1st Round

The Buckeyes shot a steady team score of 294 (+5) to place T-8th after 19 holes. They are in a good position after the first round. Remember, the end game is to be one of the top eight teams to make the match play portion. Their first hurdle is to be one of the top 15 qualifiers after three rounds, and they are four strokes inside the limit at this point.

They shot a team score of 293 (+5), which placed them in a T-8th place with Virginia and South Carolina. The Buckeyes were led by a sub-par round by Rio Watanabe 70 (-3). The rest of the team scoring consisted of Katja Pogacar 73 (+1), Niki Schroeder 75 (+3) and Jaclyn Lee 75 (+3). Jessica Porvasnik’s 77 (+58) rounded out Ohio State scoring for the round.

As a side note, Rio’s round was her second consecutive sub-par round in NCAA ply (Regionals and Championships). She is T-11 place in overall scoring (132 golfers) after one round.

They Buckeyes began their rounds on the back nine, beginning with hole #10. The back nine has par of 35, the front nine a par of 37.

Rio was “Rio” on Friday. She had had back-to-back birdies on holes #7/#8, then bogeyed #9 for a a front nine score of -1, 34. She played her back nine holes in 8 consecutive pars before closing in style with a birdie on her last hole.

Katja had a fairly even keeled round of 2 birdies (both on her opening nine) / 3 bogeys for a very good +1 score.

Niki had a rough start, bogeying her first three holes, then settled in by birdieing 2 of her next 6 holes for a front nine score of 36, +1. She recorded 1 birdie/3 bogeys in her final nine for a 39, +2.

Jaclyn had 3 bogeys on each side, but helped herself with 2 birdies (1 on each nine) for was steady round of 75.

Jessica’s round had some early excitement; in her first four holes she had 2 birdies and a double bogey. That’s a lot going on in the first hour of play. She was even par through six holes, but incurred 5 bogeys over her closing 12 holes.

Buckeye scoring, below:

NCAA Championship Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 3 Total
Team 293 0 0 0 293
Katja Pogacar 73 0 0 0 73
Jessica Porvasnik 77 0 0 0 77
Rio Watanabe 70 0 0 0 70
Jaclyn Lee 75 0 0 0 75
Niki Schroeder 75 0 0 0 75

The Buckeyes put together a round of 13 birdies, 57 pars, 21 bogeys and 1 double bogey.

Ohio State played the par 3’s fairly well, averaging a 3.00, even par, ranking them T-3rd. They played the par 4’s “sort of OK”, to an average of 4,20, +10 to par, ranking them T-13th. They played the par 5’s exceptionally well, to an average of 5.00, even par, ranking them T-11th.

Next up, Round 2.

Go Buckeyes!

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