Feb. 8, 2016
PALOS VERDES, Calif. – On Monday (Feb. 8), Jessica Porvasnik carded the lowest Buckeye round (74) through the first two days of the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge to vault up four spots on the individual leaderboard into a share of 32nd place overall. Ohio State (+42) sits 12th in the team standings with 18 holes to play.
The Buckeyes are seven shots back from ninth-ranked Arizona (+35) and are besting a pair of top-25 squads in No. 20 UNLV (+53) and No. 23 Michigan State (+55) by double-digit strokes. No. 11 Alabama and No. 14 Washington are even atop the standings entering the final round.
Porvasik kept herself in contention for a top-25 individual finish in the event, climbing into a piece of 32nd place at 7-over (75-74). Her success on Par 4’s has been key, recording an aggregate Par 4 tally of +1; good for sixth-best in the entire field.
Katja Pogacar and Jaclyn Lee joined Porvasnik in contributing to the team tally in both rounds. Pogacar posted rounds of 74-79 to reach 11-over while Lee registered scores of 76-77. Both are tied for 44th overall.
Rio Watanabe contributed to the team tally with an opening round 76 before scoring an 84 on Day Two of competition. For the tournament, Watanabe is tied in 69th place at 18-over (160). Zoe-Beth Brake and Niki Schroeder are also donning the Scarlet & Gray out in California, each taking 161 strokes thus far.
12th – Team 301-309—610 (+42)
T-32nd – Jessica Porvasnik 75-74—149 (+7)
T-44th – Katja Pogacar 74-79—153 (+11)
T-44th – Jaclyn Lee 76-77—153 (+11)
T-69th – Rio Watanabe 76-84—160 (+18)
T-75th – Zoe-Beth Brake 82-79—161 (+19)
T-75th – (I) Niki Schroeder 78-83—161 (+19)
Competition wraps up Tuesday morning with an 8:30 a.m. PT/11:30 a.m. ET shotgun start. The Buckeyes will be paired with No. 9 Arizona, No. 10 Oklahoma State and Pepperdine in a foursome starting on Hole 11.