PALOS VERDES ESTATES, Calif. – Niki Schroeder stormed the course on the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge’s final day, carding a 2-under 69 to leap 32 slots up the individual leaderboard. Schroeder’s red-hot finish pulled her even with sophomore classmate Jaclyn Lee as the top Buckeye performer, each earning a share of 17th place in the elite 88-player field. Both Buckeyes posted 54-hole totals of 218 (+5).
Lee and Schroeder Quick Notes
• Marks the seventh career Top-25 finish for both sophomores
• Also marks the third Top-25 performance in five events this season for both
• Both tallied a team-high eight birdies overall (Schroeder buried six on the final day)
• Their T-17th finish tied and/or best 23 players ranked inside the Golfstat Top-100, including teammates No. 23 Jessica Porvasnik and No. 63 Katja Pogacar (Lee entered the tournament ranked 83rd nationally by Golfstat)
• Both contributed a score to the team tally in all three rounds
Zoe-Beth Brake put forth her third straight solid effort of the trip, utilizing an eagle on Hole 14 en route to a 75. Her eagle was one of just 10 recorded in the entire tournament and allowed her to grab a share of 45th place overall at 10-over (223).
Katja Pogacar joined the sophomores as a three-time contributor to the team ledger as well. She rattled off rounds of 75-74-77.
13th | Team 299-291-296—886 (+34)
T-17th | Jaclyn Lee 73-71-74-218 (+5)
T-17th | Niki Schroeder 75-74-69—218 (+5)
T-45th | (IND) Zoe-Beth Brake 74-74-75—223 (+10)
T-60th | Katja Pogacar 75-74-77—226 (+13)
T-62nd | Rio Watanabe 76-75-76—227 (+14)
T-67th | Jessica Porvasnik 78-72-79—229 (+16)
T-77th | (IND) Alex Wright 78-76-78—232 (+19)
83rd | (IND) Adeena Shears 78-78-81—237 (+24)
Ohio State heads to the desert next week (Feb. 26-27) to compete in the Westbrook Spring Invitational, contested on the Westbrook Village Golf Club in Peoria, Ariz. It is an event which has been kind to the Buckeyes over the past few years resulting in three straight Top-5 finishes including a program record 838 (-26) to clear the field by 10 strokes in 2014.