May 22, 2017
SUGAR GROVE, Ill. — Ohio State earned the No. 4 seed for the 2017 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship match play bracket by recording a 54-hole stroke play total of 913 (+49). The Buckeyes will square off against fifth-seeded Southern California beginning Tuesday (May 22) morning at 7:50 a.m. CT/8:50 a.m. ET off of Hole 10. Golf Channel will broadcast the entire match play bracket live.
“I just told the team I believe in them,” Therese Hession said in an interview with Golfweek. “They’re as good as any team out there.”
“A lot of times our schedule and the time of year we play it, it doesn’t look so good,” Hession said on playing through tough weather conditions this week. “But that’s all about building lessons and learning for a moment like this.”
QUARTERFINAL PAIRINGS & TEE TIMES (Golfweek rankings)
Niki Schroeder (209) vs. Victoria Morgan (42), 8:50 a.m. ET
Jessica Porvasnik (99) vs. Muni He (35), 9 a.m.ET
Jaclyn Lee (86) vs. Gabriella Then (104), 9:10 a.m.ET
Rio Watanabe (150) vs. Robynn Ree (16), 9:20 a.m.ET
Katja Pogacar (89) vs. Tiffany Chan (91), 9:30 a.m.
BUCKEYE BULLET POINTS
Ohio State’s fourth-place finish is tied for the highest in school history following stroke play at the NCAA Championships (also placed fourth in 2003).
This marks Ohio State’s seventh Top-10 finish all-time at the NCAA Championships, all under the direction of OSU Hall of Fame head coach Therese Hession.
Fellow Big Ten school, Northwestern, is the match play No. 1 seed after clearing the field by eight shots in stroke play.
Five different conferences are represented in the match play bracket, including the only two with multiple teams in the PAC-12 (three teams) and the Big Ten (two teams).
TOTAL TEAM EFFORT
All five Buckeyes cracked the Top-50 individually in the 132-player field. Northwestern is the only other team to accomplish that feat.
All five Buckeyes contributed at least two scores to the team tally.
Seniors Katja Pogacar and Jessica Porvasnik were Ohio State’s best performers. Pogacar came in at 10-over and wrapped up stroke play tied for 17th overall out of a 132 competitors. Porvasnik earned a share of 32nd place after taking 230 strokes during the three-round stretch.
Fellow fourth-year Buckeye, Rio Watanabe, was pivotal in the Buckeye advancement. The redshirt junior rebounded from an opening-round 82 to shoot 75-74 and seize a piece of 45th place at 15-over.
The Scarlet & Gray ended with an exclamation point, ensuring their spot in the bracket by dropping in three birdies on the 18th green.
4th | Team 311-299-303–913 (+49)
T-17th | Katja Pogacar 74-77-75–226 (+10)
T-32nd | Jessica Porvasnik 80-74-76–230 (+14)
T-45th | Rio Watanabe 82-75-74–231 (+15)
T-50th | Jaclyn Lee 79-74-79–232 (+16)
T-50th | Niki Schroeder 78-76-78–232 (+16)
Round One Hole-by-Hole
Round Two Hole-by-Hole
Round Three Hole-by-Hole