MAINEVILLE, Ohio – Jaclyn Lee, a junior on the Ohio State women’s golf team, earned medalist honors in historic fashion as the Buckeyes tied for fourth at Big Ten Championships Sunday at TPC River’s Bend. The Calgary, Alberta, native holed a putt from just off the green for birdie on 18 to tie Purdue’s August Kim for the low 54-hole scoring record at Big Ten Championships at 207.
“This means a lot to me,” Lee said. “It was a goal that I set at the beginning of the year and I’m so happy to achieve it. After coming in to the final round with a five-stroke lead, things got a little nerve-wracking today but I’m glad to walk away with the title. To tie the record and have my name in the history books is pretty cool, too.”
The Buckeyes tied for fourth overall with Northwestern at 1-over, behind champion Michigan State at 5-under and Maryland and Illinois at 1-under. With her victory, Lee also received an exemption into the Symetra Tour’s inaugural Prasco Charity Championship to be held at TPC River’s Bend June 29 through July 1. She is the Buckeyes’ 14th Big Ten individual medalist and first since Jessica Porvasnik in 2015.
“I’m so happy for her,” Therese Hession, Ohio State head coach, said of Lee. “She works so hard, going above and beyond not only in golf but in her academics and everything she does. It’s great to see all of her hard work pay off.”
Lee, who held a five-stroke lead heading into the final round Sunday, used five birdies to battle to a 1-over 73. Senior Rio Watanabenotched a 3-over 75 to tie for eighth while sophomore Alex Wright tallied a 4-over 76 to finish in a tie for 30th. Junior Niki Schroeder used five birdies to card the Buckeyes’ best score of the final round, a 1-under 71, to place in a tie for 38th. Sophomore Adeena Shears notched a 3-over 75 to tie for 65th while freshman Alanis Sakuma rounded out the Buckeye lineup, tying for 75th after a final-round 79.
“I believed in this team all year and knew they had it in them to compete this weekend,” Hession added. “We had a bad spell today but hung in there and were able to get within three shots of the lead on the back nine. This team didn’t give up and competed until the end.”
As a team, Ohio State was the second-best in the field at 20-under in par-5 scoring, tying for the most eagles with two, both by Lee, and picking up the third-most birdies with 48. Lee was the best in the field on the par-5’s at 10-under while tying for the best by going even-par on the par-4’s. Watanabe also tied for fifth in par-5 scoring at 6-under and tied for the sixth-most birdies with 12. Lee tied for the most birdies with 14.
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T-4th Team 289-282-294-865 (+1)
1st – Jaclyn Lee 66-68-73-207 (-9)
T-8th – Rio Watanabe 72-67-75-214 (-2)
T-30th – Alex Wright 73-73-76-222 (+6)
T-38th – Niki Schroeder 79-74-71-224 (+8)
T-65th – Adeena Shears 82-76-75-233 (+17)
T-75th – Alanis Sakuma 78-81-79-238 (+22)