April 21, 2017
CINCINNATI, Ohio — Sophomore Jaclyn Lee paced Ohio State on Day One of the 2017 Big Ten Women’s Golf Championships, shooting even par to earn a share of sixth place overall in the 83-player competition. The Buckeyes are slotted fourth in the team standings following the first 18 holes of the weekend.
Ohio State is eight strokes back from event leader and 12th-ranked Northwestern, the same gap OSU trailed after the first round in last year’s conference tournament before storming to complete the current run of back-to-back-to-back B1G titles.
The Buckeyes flashed the ability to go low at TPC River’s Bend, dropping in a tournament-best 20 birdies. Lee posted a birdie on 33 percent of her holes, totaling six birdies to lead all players. Jessica Porvasnik was one of four competitors to bury five birdies. Porvasnik completed the afternoon next to teammates Katja Pogacar and Niki Schroeder, all carding 3-over 75’s to tie for 20th place.
Rio Watanabe came in one shot ahead of the aforementioned trio shooting 75. Watanabe crushed the `Back 9′ to the tune of 2-under and wrapped up at 2-over for the day (T-14th).
4th | Team 296 (+8)
T-6th | Jaclyn Lee 72 (E)
T-14th | Rio Watanabe 74 (+2)
T-20th | Katja Pogacar 75 (+3)
T-20th | Jessica Porvasnik 75 (+3)
T-20th | Niki Schroeder 75 (+3)
T-62nd | Zoe-Beth Brake 81 (+9)
The Scarlet & Gray are paired with Michigan State and No. 24 Purdue for Saturday’s Round Two. Brake will start it off at 9:24 a.m. ET.