February 26, 2018

Lee Takes Medalist Honors as Buckeyes Finish Second at Westbrook Spring Invitational


Feb. 26, 2018

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PEORIA, Ariz. – The Ohio State women’s golf team finished second as junior Jaclyn Lee earned medalist honors at the Westbrook Spring Invitational Monday at Westbrook Village Golf Club. The Buckeyes finished 24-under par, one stroke behind first-place Oklahoma, while Lee shot a program-best 64 for the second-consecutive day to earn medalist laurels at 19-under, two strokes ahead of Oklahoma’s Kaitlin Milligan.

The team total of 840 was two strokes back of the Buckeyes’ best 54-hole finish set four years ago at the same tournament.

Lee, who broke Jessica Porvasnik‘s previous school-record 65 in the opening round Sunday before a second-round 69, used eight birdies to card a bogey-free 64.

“This was a really exciting week for me,” Lee said. “I’m really proud of the team for coming together to finish runner-up. It also was a special tournament for me individually, winning the tournament and breaking the school record. A 64 is my lowest tournament round and to be able to shoot it twice in three rounds was special. We’ve been working so hard this winter so we’re excited for what’s next.”

Sophomore Adeena Shears, who shot a career-best 67 in the second round, carded six birdies on her way to a final-round 70 to propel her into a tie for ninth while fellow sophomore Alex Wright posted a 2-over 74 in the final round to tie for 20th.

Freshman Alanis Sakuma, competing as an individual, carded a final-round 72 to finish in a tie for 33rd at even-par for the tournament. Junior Niki Schroeder finished in a tie for 63rd after a final-round 77 while senior Rio Watanabe rounded out the Buckeye lineup in 77th place after a 1-over 73 Monday.

For the tournament, the Buckeyes were 25-under on the Par-5’s, seven strokes better than the next-best opponent, and were even-par on the Par-3’s, the second-best in the 15-team field.

Individually, Lee was five strokes better than anybody in Par-5 scoring at 12-under while Shears tied for second at 7-under par. Lee and Wright tied with a tournament-high two eagles while Lee had the second-most birdies, Shears tied for the fifth-most birdies and Sakuma tied for the 10th-most pars.

2nd Team 281-278-281-840 (-24)
1st – Jaclyn Lee 64-69-64-197 (-19)
T-9th – Adeena Shears 74-67-70-211 (-5)
T-20th – Alex Wright 69-70-74-213 (-3)
T-33rd – Alanis Sakuma (Ind.) 73-71-72-216 (E)
T-63rd – Niki Schroeder 74-72-77-223 (+7)
77th – Rio Watanabe 75-79-73-227 (+11)

The Buckeyes return to action at the Clover Cup March 16-18 at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz.