Rio Watanabe
Rio  Watanabe

RS Sophomore

Kamagaya City, Japan

High School:
Bentleigh Secondary (Australia)

International Studies


Porvasnik Surges into Top-15 on Final Day with 3-Under 68

Ohio State places 11th in elite tournament


Porvasnik Leading Buckeyes at Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge

Ohio State ranks 12th entering Tuesday’s final round


Buckeyes Tee Off Spring Season at Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge

Ohio State slotted11th after Day One of Spring opener


Katja Pogacar Cracks Top-10 at the Landfall Tradition

Ohio State places 15th in the team standings


Pogacar Knocking On Door of Top-10 at Landfall Tradition

Ohio State remains tied for 12th place in the team standings

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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.