Feb. 21, 2016

Rio Watanabe hole-in-one!


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University women’s golf team carded team totals of 287 and 288 on the opening day of the fifth annual Westbrook Spring Invitational on Sunday (Feb. 21) – good for a fourth place standing heading to the final round.

Complete Results 

Ohio State’s 1-under ledger through 36 holes is just two strokes back from No. 23 UNLV and Kansas State locked up in second place and within striking distance of tournament-leading Oregon (-9). The Buckeyes won this event in 2014 and notched another top-5 finish a year ago out in the desert. The Scarlet & Gray rated second in the field on aggregate Par 3 and Par 4 scoring but struggled on the Par 5’s (ranked T-14th).

Jessica Porvasnik accumulated a team-high seven birdies on the day, tied for fifth among all 86 players competing. Her standing on the individual leaderboard is T-5th as well following rounds of 71-70 (141). At 3-under, the reigning Big Ten Golfer of the Week sits just two shots shy of the top slot held by Caroline Inglis of Oregon. Fellow Northeast Ohioan, Niki Schroeder, wasn’t far behind Porvasnik. Schroeder penciled a 69 onto her opening-round scorecard, one of the tournament’s 11 scores in the 60s. The OSU freshman followed with a 75 in round number two, adding up to an even-par 144 and a share of 19th place overall.

Jaclyn Lee and Katja Pogacar were both two-time contributors to the team tally. Lee put forth tallies of 71-74 (+1) and is tied for 23rd while Pogacar owns a piece of 48th at 5-over (76-73). Zoe-Beth Brake, playing as an individual, cracked the field’s top half in a tie for 43rd place. She registered subsequent scores of 73-75 (+4).

Rio Watanabe rebounded from a morning round of 79 by dipping under par (71) in her afternoon go-around. Her brightest highlight came in the first trip though, dropping in a hole-in-one with a 7-iron from 169 yards away. It is the same hole (Hole #2) that Porvasnik aced during her individual medalist run at the 2014 Westbrook Spring Invitational. Watanabe was not alone in the ’16 edition, however, as Kansas State’s Katherine Gravel-Coursol also buried a hole-in-one on Sunday.

4th – Team 287-288—575 (-1)
T-5th – Jessica Porvasnik 71-70—141 (-3)
T-19th – Niki Schroeder 69-75—144 (E)
T-23rd – Jaclyn Lee 71-74—145 (+1)
T-43rd – Zoe-Beth Brake (individual) 73-75—148 (+4)
T-48th – Katja Pogacar 76-73—149 (+5)
T-54th – Rio Watanabe 79-71—150 (+6)

Final round action starts at 8:30 a.m. MT/10:30 a.m. ET Monday (Feb. 22) morning. The Buckeyes will be paired with No. 21 Notre Dame and SMU for the closing 18 holes.