Sept. 18, 2016
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Jessica Porvasnik and Jaclyn finished `1-2′ in 36 holes of qualifying stroke play at the East & West match Play Challenge, lifting the Buckeyes to the top seed for match play which begins on Monday (Sept. 19). Porvasnik separated herself from the non-Buckeye field by four strokes at 6-under (69-69) while Lee came in as the runner-up following rounds of 69-72 (-3).
Porvasnik opens her senior campaign by dropping in an event-high 10 birdies en route to carding back-to-back 69’s. She played the `Front 9′ at 3-under and was even par on the `Back 9′ in both rounds. Her 5-under aggregate Par-4 scoring paced all players by a large margin, four shots better than the next best. She got it done on the Par-5’s as well, matching Lee and two others for the top Par-5 total tally (-4).
The Buckeyes accumulated 29 birdies overall, also the top mark in the tournament. Lee was responsible for the lone eagle recorded, finding the cup in three strokes on the Par-5 12th. It was just her second hole of the day after the shotgun start placed her on the 11th tee to begin the day.
Rio Watanabe ranked second on the squad with seven birdies, sinking five in round number two. The redshirt junior leapt 11 slots up the leaderboard in the second round, registered a 1-under 71. She moved into a share of 13th place overall (+3) by day’s end. Niki Schroeder joined the aforementioned three Buckeyes as two-time contributors to the team tally. She posted scores of 76-73 (+5) to place inside the top half, tied for 22nd.
Alex Wright made her collegiate debut in `that state up north,’ carding rounds of 79-78 (+13). She will be in the Buckeye lineup for match play. Zoe-Beth Brake is competing in the individual ranks and will enter the individual match play bracket after ledgers of 82-77.
1st — Team 290-285–575 (-1)
1st — Jessica Porvasnik 69-69–138 (-6)
2nd — Jaclyn Lee 69-72–141 (-3)
T-13th — Rio Watanabe 76-71–147 (+3)
T-22nd — Niki Schroeder 76-73–149 (+5)
T-38th — Alex Wright 79-78–157 (+13)
45th — Zoe-Beth Brake (individual) 82-77–159 (+15)
ROUND ONE MATCH PLAY PAIRINGS
10:03 a.m. ET – Jessica Porvasnik (OSU) vs. Petra Salko (Oregon)
10:12 a.m. ET – Alex Wright (OSU) vs. Cathleen Santoso (Oregon)
10:21 a.m. ET – Rio Watanabe (OSU) vs. Amy Matsuoka (Oregon)
10:30 a.m. ET – Niki Schroeder (OSU) vs. Brooke Hamilton (Oregon)
10:39 a.m. ET – Jaclyn Lee (OSU) vs. Kathleen Scavo (Oregon)