Rio Watanabe
Rio  Watanabe

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Kamagaya City, Japan

High School:
Bentleigh Secondary (Australia)

Major:
Sport Management (master's)

07/06/2017

Five Buckeyes Earn All-American Scholar Status

Owners of 3.50 or higher cumulative GPAs

06/07/2017

Niehaus and Tublin 2017 Big Ten Sportsmanship Honorees

Athletes distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior

05/23/2017

Postseason Run Concludes in NCAA Quarterfinals

Ohio State falls to USC in opening round of match play

05/22/2017

Ohio State Qualifies for NCAA Quarterfinals

Buckeyes placed fourth overall in stroke play

05/21/2017

Buckeyes Remain in Top-5 at NCAA Championships

Ohio State is slotted fourth in the team standings

CAREER HONORS
• Second Team All-Big Ten (2015)
• WGCA All-American Scholar (2017)
• Big Ten Sportsmanship Award (2017)
• Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2017)
• Academic All-Big Ten (2015, 16, 17)
• OSU Scholar-Athlete (2015, 16, 17)

2016-2017 (Junior)
• Competed in 30 rounds overall and contributed 14.5 scores to the team tally in seven events as a member of the OSU lineup
• Tied for fifth place overall in Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational (Apr. 15-16) with a 6-over 222
• Additional Top-25 finishes came at the East & West Match Play Challenge (T-13th; Sept. 18-20), Westbrook Spring Invitational (T-23rd; Feb. 26-27), and the NCAA Columbus Regional (T-13th; May 8-10)
• Totaled five rounds under par

2015-16 (Sophomore)
• 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)

2014-15 (Freshman)
• 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)

2013-14 (Redshirt)
• 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 titles 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 INFO
• Daughter of Masaaki and Teruko Watanabe
• Earned a bachelor's degree in international studies
• Now pursuing a master's for sport management.

CAREER STATISTICS

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
2016-17 30 2,253 75.10 219 70 1 1 4
TOTAL 96 7,144 74.42 212 68 3 6 16