April 19, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – On the strength of three Buckeyes sitting in the top-10 of the individual leaderboard, No. 28 Ohio State is in contention for the 2014 Lady Buckeye Invitational championship after Day One. The Buckeyes carded a team tally of 601 (+25) and enter Sunday in second place just four strokes off the pace of No. 40 Kent State (597, +21).
A trio of freshmen led the charge for Ohio State. Jessica Porvasnik, Katja Pogacar and Zoe-Beth Brake posted sequential two-round totals of 149 (+5), 150 (+6) and 151 (+7) to remain within in striking distance of Day One leader No. 92 Jennifer Ha of Kent State and her 147 (+3). Porvasnik, Pogacar and Brake are slotted t-2nd, t-4th and t-6th, respectively, entering Sunday’s third and final round. All are ahead of three players ranked in the country’s top-10: No. 45 Aurora Kan (Purdue, t-8th), No. 80 Allyssa Ferrel (Michgian State, t-18th) and No. 66th Liz Nagel (Michigan State, t-28th). Porvasnik is nationally ranked herself, coming in at No. 49 in this week.
Upperclassmen Allison Harper and Claudia Lim are just a pair of shots back from Brake, each recording identical scores of 9-over 153 (78-75) in the first two rounds and owning a share of 15th place on the leaderboard.
Junior Jan Chanpalangsri contributed a 74 to the team total in round two and resides just outside the top-25 at 12-over (156). She bounced back from an opening-round 82 to fire a 74 in her second circuit around the course, even with Brake for the team-low.
Junior Sheridan Balyeat played as well, competing as an individual. She tallied rounds of 83 and 81, good for t-56th place.
The 2014 edition of the Lady Buckeye Invitational wraps up on Sunday, starting at 8:30 a.m. with tee times going off of Hole 1 and Hole 10. Ohio State won’t get it going until 9:30 though when Chanpalangsri and the rest of the lineup tee off on the Front 9 and individual Sheridan Balyeat begins from the Back 9.