VERONA, Wis. – The Ohio State women’s golf team moved into a tie for sixth with a round to play after a 4-under par 284 in the second round of NCAA Regional play Tuesday at University Ridge Golf Course in Verona, Wis. The Buckeyes, currently tied with Illinois and Northwestern in sixth, sit three strokes behind Arizona State and Oregon State, who are tied for fourth.
Ohio State will be grouped with the Wildcats and Iowa State in the opening tee times starting at 9 a.m. ET Wednesday. The top six teams and top three individuals on non-advancing teams will move on to the NCAA Championships May 18-23 in Stillwater, Okla.
Junior Jaclyn Lee climbed the leaderboard, tying for the third-lowest round of the day with a 4-under 68, to sit in a tie for third entering the final round. The Calgary, Alberta, native used an eagle and four birdies to vault 10 spots on the leaderboard. Fellow junior Niki Schroeder also had a strong second round, posting a 3-under 69 after an eagle and five birdies to move up 28 spots into a tie for 24th.
Senior Rio Watanabe climbed 15 spots on the leaderboard into a tie for 37th after a 1-under 71 while sophomores Alex Wright and Adeena Shears each carded a 4-over 76 to sit in a tie for 59th and 62nd, respectively.
As a team, the Buckeyes have brilliant on the par-3’s and par-5’s. Ohio State is tied for first at 5-over in par-3 scoring and tied for second in par-5 scoring at 17-under. The Buckeyes’ three eagles are the most of any team in the field and their 32 birdies are fifth-most.
Individually, Lee has torn up the par-5’s to a tournament-best 8-under while Schroeder is tied for third in par-5 scoring at 6-under and Watanabe is tied for fourth in par-3 scoring at 1-under. Lee’s 10 birdies are tied for the fifth-most through two rounds.
T-6th Team 293-284-577 (+1)
T-3rd – Jaclyn Lee 71-68-139 (-5)
T-24th – Niki Schroeder 75-69-144 (E)
T-37th – Rio Watanabe 75-71-146 (+2)
T-59th – Alex Wright 73-76-149 (+5)
T-62nd – Adeena Shears 74-76-150 (+6)