May 19, 2018

Lee Paces Buckeyes in Second Round of NCAA Championships


STILLWATER, Okla. – Jaclyn Lee sits in a tie for 11th as the Ohio State women’s golf team competed in the second round of the NCAA Championships Saturday afternoon at Karsten Creek Golf Club. As a team, the Buckeyes are 24th after a second round that included high winds, a 91-minute weather delay and thus, a very difficult course in Stillwater.

The top 15 teams and top nine individuals not on an advancing team after 54 holes will play Monday to determine the top eight teams for match play competition. The Buckeyes will be paired with Ole Miss and Virginia in the third round with tee times starting at 1:21 p.m. CT Sunday.

Lee, a native of Calgary, Alberta, tallied her second-consecutive even-par 72 and will enter third-round play five strokes off of the lead. The junior carded three birdies and three bogeys in the second round after recording five birdies in the opening round Friday.

“My ball-striking was good today and I gave myself some good opportunities at birdies,” Lee said. “After the delay, it was difficult to get back into my routine while trying to rush because of darkness. Overall, I thought it was a good round of steady play.”

Senior Rio Watanabe was the next-best Buckeye competitor Saturday, posting a nine-over-par 81 while sophomore Adeena Shearstallied a 10-over 82. Junior Niki Schroeder carded an 11-over 83 while sophomore Alex Wright rounded out the Buckeye lineup with a 13-over 85.

Lee is tied for fourth in par-4 scoring at even-par and is tied for the seventh-most birdies in the 132-competitor field with eight.

24th Team 310-318-628 (+52)
T-11th – Jaclyn Lee 72-72-144 (E)
T-115th – Rio Watanabe 80-81-161 (+17)
T-115th – Alex Wright 76-85-161 (+17)
126th – Niki Schroeder 82-83-165 (+21)
129th – Adeena Shears 87-82-169 (+25)