May 8, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lifted by individual Top-10 performances from Jaclyn Lee (T-4th) and Katja Pogacar (T-7th), the Buckeyes are tied for third place after Day One of the NCAA Columbus Regional. The six best teams following 54 holes of play will advance to the NCAA Championships (May 19-24) at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
Ohio State is paired with No. 4 Florida and No. 5 Florida State for the second round starting at 7:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday (May 9). The Buckeyes, Gators and Seminoles are slated for tee times at 9:09-9:45 a.m.
Lee is three strokes back from event leader Marta Martin Garcia (-2) of Purdue. Lee rebounded quickly from bogey on the day’s opening hole. The sophomore from Calgary has been on a tear down the stretch, entering the NCAA postseason with back-to-back Top-5 finishes including a T-5th effort in the Big Ten Championships.
Pogacar paces the squad with five birdies, ranking second in the field and trailing only Garcia’s half dozen. In total, Ohio State dropped in 13 birdies to clear the Boilermakers’ 10 birdies by three for most in the field. Pogacar stormed through the Front 9 at 2-under and remained there walking to the 14th tee. A double bogey on the 18th dropped her into a tie for seventh place overall.
Jessica Porvasnik and Niki Schroeder also contributed to Ohio State’s solid start. Porrvasnik got off on the right track, birdieing each of the first two holes and ultimately came in at 5-over (77) for a share pf 22nd place. Schroeder is close behind at 6-over, good for T-36th.