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tBBC OSUWG: OSU Races to 2nd Place in B1G 2nd Round


OSUWG: OSU Races to 2nd Place in B1G 2nd Round
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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 did what the Buckeyes did on Saturday.

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

So, to help set the context of this recap: In my write-up of the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational, I expressed this: “if the Buckeyes are within a few strokes of you entering the final round… they will hunt you down.”

On the 4ooth anniversary of his death, I’ll let someone far more versed than I, William Shakespeare, explain what happened on Saturday.

Shall in these confines with a monarch’s voice
Cry ‘Havoc,’ and let slip the dogs of war;

  • Julius Caesar Act 3 Scene 1, 270-275

2nd Round

The “dogs of war” shot a -7 score; the best of the round by 5 strokes and moved up 7 positions to 2nd place, trailing Northwestern by 2 strokes. Buckeyes had sub-par rounds by Katja Pogacar, Jessica Porvasnik, Niki Schroeder and Rio Watanabe. They absolutely chased down the field Saturday. This was an outstanding round of team golf.

They shot a team score of 281 (-7), a 10 stroke improvement from Friday, and moved them up 7 positions to 2nd place. The Buckeyes were led by Niki Schroeder 69 (-3), Jessica Porvasnik 70 (-2), Rio Watanabe 70 (-2) and Katja Pogacar 72 (E). Jaclyn Lee 74 (+2) and Zoe-Beth Brake 76 (+4) rounded our the scoring.

Niki built on her closing 1st round momentum to have an even par front 9. Her 3 birdies/6 pars on her back nine powered her -3 score.

Jessica was -2 through 12 holes, then combined 2 birdies/2 bogeys enroute to her round of 70.

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

Katja was -2 through 12 holes, then played her closing 6 holes in +2 for her even par round.

Jaclyn had a mid-round stretch of six holes where she was +4, then played her closing 7 holes in -2. This was a nice closing stretch that should give her confidence going into her final round.

Zoe-Beth was even par through 7 holes. A mid-round stretch of +5 stalled her round, but she finished strongly by scoring 1 in her closing five holes.

Below is the Buckeye scoring:

Big Ten Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
Team 291 281 0 572
Katja Pogacar 69 72 0 141
Jessica Porvasnik 71 70 0 141
Jaclyn Lee 76 74 0 150
Rio Watanabe 75 70 0 145
Niki Schroeder 77 69 0 146
Zoe-Beth Brake 79 76 0 155
291 281 0 572
3 -7 0 0

Through two rounds, Ohio State played the par 3’s fairly well, averaging a 3.08, +4 to par, ranking them 2nd. They played the par 4’s to an average of 4,16, +19 to par, ranking them 6th. They played the par 5’s to an average of 4.81, -9 to par, ranking them 2nd. They improved their scoring on the par 4’s and par 5’s in the 2nd round.

The Buckeyes put together a round comprised of 19 birdies (double round 1), 71 pars and 18 bogeys. They cleaned up their play with no score higher than bogey.

Over two rounds, Ohio State had 149 pars, ranking them 1st, and 28 birdies, ranking them T-10th.

After yesterday’s round, I thought the Buckeyes had a reasonable chance to move from 9th into 3rd place. Late in the round they were in solo 2nd place and held that position. An impressive round on “moving day”. They trail Northwestern by 2 strokes. Rest easy, Wildcats… For Sunday’s final round, more William Shakespeare: “..the game is afoot..”

Now, on to the 3rd and final round…

Go Buckeyes!

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