MAINEVILLE, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team sits in third place, six strokes back of leader Michigan State, after an opening-round 298 at the Big Ten Championships Friday at TPC River’s Bend. The Spartans lead after a 5-under 283 while Maryland is second with an even-par 288 followed by the Buckeyes at a 1-over 289.
Junior Jaclyn Lee sits atop the leaderboard after tallying a 6-under 66 to lead Michigan State’s Allyson Geer by a stroke. Lee used an eagle on the par-5 eighth hole to card a 3-under 33 on the front nine before bouncing back from her only bogey of the day on the 17th hole to eagle the par-5 18th and match her front nine with another 33 for her third-lowest score of the season.
Senior Rio Watanabe used a pair of birdies against two bogeys to post an even-par 72 to tie for 12th while sophomore Alex Wright birdied three holes en route to a 1-over 73 and a tie for 19th. Freshman Alanis Sakuma is tied for 58th after notching a 6-over 78 while junior Niki Schroeder tallied a 7-over 79 to tie for 63rd and sophomore Adeena Shears posted a 10-over 82 to tie for 73rd.
Ohio State went 9-under in par-5 scoring, the best of any team through 18 holes. Lee’s two eagles matched the total of the rest of the 84-competitor field as her 5-under tally on the par-5’s is the best through the opening round. Lee also is tied for second in par-4 scoring at 1-under while Wright and Watanabe are tied for fourth in Par-5 scoring at 2-under.
3rd Team 289 (+1)
1st – Jaclyn Lee 66 (-6)
T-12th – Rio Watanabe 72 (E)
T-19th – Alex Wright 73 (+1)
T-58th – Alanis Sakuma 78 (+6)
T-63rd – Niki Schroeder 79 (+7)
T-73rd – Adeena Shears 82 (+10)
Second-round play tees off 8:30 a.m. Saturday with the Buckeyes in the final pairings starting at 11:18 a.m.