Watanabe tied for 15th entering Monday’s stroke play finale
Rio Watanabe dives deeper into the red
Buckeyes tied for eighth place after Day One
Ohio State tees up at 8:36 a.m. PT/11:36 a.m. ET on Friday
Buckeyes placed third at NCAA Stanford Regional
Fall 2015: Paced the Buckeyes with a 73.50 average while competing in all 12 rounds possible ... concluded the Fall season wtih a top-10 performance at the Landfall Tradition (Oct. 23-25) by carding a 1-over 217 (73-72-72) ... contributed to the team tally in 11 of 12 rounds, finishing no lower than third-best on the team in all four tournaments.
2014-15 (Sophomore Season): First Team All-Big Ten honoree ... placed in the top-10 in nearly half of 11 events played (five top-10s) ... earned three top-5 showings, including a share of second place at the Big Ten Championship (Apr. 24-26) ... B1G runner-up effort pushed Ohio State to its second straight conference team title ... finished as the top or second-best Buckeye in the final eight tournaments of the season ... named the Big Ten Golfer of the Week twice; picking up the accolade on March 11 (SunTrust Gator Invitational) and April 11 (Web.com Intercollegiate) ... paced the team with a 73.56 stroke average in 32 rounds played ... contributed to the team tally in all six rounds of Ohio State team crowns at the MountainView Collegiate (Mar. 20-21) and Big Ten Championship ... accumulated eight rounds under par and three tallies in the 60s ... counted towards the team score in 28 of 32 rounds ... concluded the season by grabbing a share of 12th place individually in the NCAA Raleigh Regional (May 7-9) ... went 2-0 individually at the East & West Match Play Challenge (Sept. 21-22) after notching a T-16th effort in the stroke play portion of the event ... competed for Slovenia at the World Amateur Team Championships (Sept. 3-6) in Karuizawa, Japan ... performed as Slovenia's top player, going 2-under and pushing her country to a T-22nd placement out of 50 teams ... an Academic All-Big Ten selection, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and OSU Scholar-Athlete.
2013-14 (Freshman Season): Second Team All-Big Ten selection ... registered a 74.35 stroke average as one of three Buckeyes to compete in all 40 rounds ... contributed to the team score in 35 rounds ... dipped under par five times, including a season-low 69 in the second round of the Westbrook Spring Invitational as Ohio State brought home the team title ... placed in the top-20 in eight of 13 events played ... paced the Buckeyes with a T-16th effort at the NCAA Championships (72-70-71-72--285; +5) ... top OSU performer in five tournaments ... earned a share of 3rd place in the Lady Buckeye Invitational (Apr. 19-20) after making a charge in the final round (75-75-70--220; +4) ... also notched top-10s at the Diane Thomason Invitational (Oct. 12-13), Westbrook Spring Invitational (Feb. 23-24) and Web.com Intercollegiate (Apr. 7-8) ... Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Prior to Ohio State: Has been a member of numerous Slovenian National teams since 2005... was a four-time (2008-12) Slovenian national champion... captured first place at the 2012 Leone di San Marco tournament... took first place at the 2012 Hungarian Ladies Amateur... won the 2011 Czech Amateur Championship, while finishing third in 2012... tied for 20th at the 2012 European Ladies Amateur Championship.
Personal: Daughter of Marjan and Irma Poljansek Pogaèar ... has two siblings, Nejc and Ana ... majoring in math.
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Buckeyes Primed for NCAA Championships