Rio Watanabe
Rio  Watanabe

RS Senior

Kamagaya City, Japan

High School:
Bentleigh Secondary (Australia)

Sport Management (master's)


Five Buckeyes Earn All-American Scholar Status

Owners of 3.50 or higher cumulative GPAs


Niehaus and Tublin 2017 Big Ten Sportsmanship Honorees

Athletes distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior


Postseason Run Concludes in NCAA Quarterfinals

Ohio State falls to USC in opening round of match play


Ohio State Qualifies for NCAA Quarterfinals

Buckeyes placed fourth overall in stroke play


Buckeyes Remain in Top-5 at NCAA Championships

Ohio State is slotted fourth in the team standings

• 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.

• 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.

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