The Ohio State Women’s Golf Team played in the Stillwater, OK Regional with the intent to qualify (as one of the top eight team) to advance to the NCAA Championships May 20-23, in Tulsa. OK. Well, qualify they did, finishing in a tie for 5th place (Kansas) to advance to the Dance. I’m not sure that spending two weekends in May in Oklahoma is a real good time, but if you have to do it to qualify for the NCAA Championships, I guess it’s OK.
You can catch the gory detail on the link; basically the Buckeyes had “not too bad” 1st and 3rd rounds, but they truly made their mark in Friday’s 2nd round. In LPGA/PGA lingo, Saturday (the day before the final round) is known as “moving day”, where a golfer needs to go low (in relation to par) to set herself/himself up for a good finish in the final round.
Well, the Buckeyes ‘moved’ on moving day, and how! Their 2nd round 288 (combined score of low four golfers) was 2nd best of the entire Regional qualifier (UCLA 287 was best) and even par for the day. At one point in the 2nd round Ohio State’s team score was -5 (5 under par), which is jaw-droppingly good. The round flattened out a bit as they finished at even par, which is still a very good score. Very good.
Below is the “box score” for the Buckeyes.
|T15||Zoe-Beth Brake (2)||75||70||76||221|
|T24||Jessica Porvasnik (1)||75||74||75||224|
|T38||Katja Pogacar (3)||75||73||80||228|
|T45||Claudia Lim (5)||80||74||75||229|
|T73||Allison Harper (4)||80||71||83||234|
I want to point out a couple of items from the above. First, the top three scorers for Ohio State are all freshmen. The future looks pretty good, doesn’t it? The next thing is that, with taking best four of five scores for the team score, all the Buckeyes contributed to the wonderful performance.
Finally, and this never gets old, in Coach Hession’s 23 years as head coach, this is Ohio State’s 14th trip to the NCAA Championships. So, not only, under coaches Hession and Strom, are the Buckeyes good, they have been consistently good.
Good luck in Tulsa later this month, we’ll be checking back ing with you. Speaking of Tulsa, I leave you with this.