Rio Watanabe
Rio  Watanabe

RS Junior

Kamagaya City, Japan

High School:
Bentleigh Secondary (Australia)

Sport Management (master's)


Three Buckeyes Register Top-25 Showings in Briar’s Creek Invitational

Ohio State tied for seventh in the 18-team field


Tale of Two Rounds at Briar's Creek Invitational

Buckeyes slotted ninth among 18 teams entering final round


Buckeyes Take Down No. 8 Georgia in Final Match

Ohio State notches Top-10 win on tiebreaker


Ohio State Splits Pair of Matches in Los Angeles

Buckeyes to face Georgia on Tuesday


Buckeyes Entered into Gifford Great 8 Collegiate Match Play

Eight teams to compete in match play bracket competition

2015-16 (Sophomore Season): Tied for 16th place at the NCAA Championships (May 20-23) with a four-round total of 288 (E) ... concluded the season on a tear, placing eighth in the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational (Apr. 16-17), T-12th at the Big Ten Championships (Apr. 22-24) and T-6th to pace the Buckeyes in the NCAA Stanford Regional (May 5-7) before contending at the NCAA Championships ... played 37 rounds in total, contributing 29 scores to the team tally ... recorded a season stroke average of 73.97 with a team-high 15 rounds at or under par, including three tallies in the 60's ... garnered a pair of Top-10 and six Top-25 performances total ... additional Top-25 efforts came at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship (T-16th; Sept. 21-22) and Mountain View Collegiate (T-24th; March 18-19) ... earned Academic All-Big Ten and OSU Scholar-Athlete honors.

2014-15 (Freshman Season): Second Team All-Big Ten selection ... opened collegiate career by winning medalist honors (74-74-69) at the Chip-N Club Invitational (Sept. 8-9) ... named the Big Ten Golfer of the Week (Sept. 10) after capturing both the individual and team titles at the Chip-N Club Invitational ... posted a top-5 finish during Ohio State's Big Ten Championship (Apr. 24-26) run as well ... totaled three top-10 and six top-25 performances overall ... recorded a season stroke average of 74.28 which included four rounds under par and a pair of tallies in the 60s ... went 2-0 individually at the East & West Match Play Challenge (Sept. 21-22) after notching a top-25 effort in the stroke play portion of the event ... top Buckeye performer and T-12th overall at the Westbrook Invitational (Feb. 22-23) ... concluded the season in a tie for 18th place at the NCAA Raleigh Regional (May 7-9) ... earned Academic All-Big Ten and OSU Scholar-Athlete recognition.

2013-14 (Redshirt Season): Enrolled in classes in January 2014 ... suffered a season-ending injury.

Prior to Ohio State: Member of the Yarra Yarra Golf Club ... finished second at the 2013 Victoria Junior Open ... fifth at the 2013 Victorian Junior Masters ... School Sport Victoria state team selection ... captured six title over 2011 and 2012 seasons, including back-to-back Joan Fisher Trophy wins and Champion of Champions victories ... finished in the top 16 at the 2012 Australian Women's Amateur ... top five finish at 2012 Victorian Junior Girls Championship.

Personal: Daughter of Masaaki and Teruko Watanabe ... earned a bachelor's degree in international studies ... now pursuing a master's for sport management.


Year Rds. Strokes Avg. Low 54 Low Rd. Top-5's Top-10's Top-25's
2014-15 29 2,154 74.28 216 69 2 3 6
2015-16 37 2,737 73.97 212 68 - 2 6
TOTAL 66 4,891 74.11 212 68 2 5 12