Rio Watanabe
Rio  Watanabe

RS Junior

Kamagaya City, Japan

High School:
Bentleigh Secondary (Australia)

International Studies


Porvasnik Makes Run to the Final 16 at Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship

Two Buckeyes qualified for match play


BLOG: Buckeye Journey to Scotland


Buckeyes Destined Overseas for Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship

Six Buckeyes entered into premier golf tournament


Rio Watanabe Makes the Cut and Moves on to NCAA Fourth Round

Watanabe tied for 15th entering Monday's stroke play finale


Rio Watanabe Ties for 16th at the NCAA Championships

Watanabe shot even par for the 72 holes of competition

Watanabe Photo Gallery

Fall 2015: Ranked second on the team with a 74.08 average in 12 rounds played ... contributed to the team tally in 11 of 12 rounds ... paced the Buckeyes twice and finished no worse than third-best on the team in all four tournaments ... tied for 16th overall in the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship (Sept. 21-22) with a 5-over 218 (72-70-76) ... carded a team-high three rounds under par.

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 ... majoring in International Studies.