JOHN'S ISLAND, S.C. -- Eighteen strokes differentiated the Ohio State University women's golf team's first and second rounds at the Briar's Creek Invitational on Monday, March 20. The Buckeyes opened with a 3-under 285 before posting 303 (+15) in round number two. Combined, Ohio State's 36-hole total of 588 (+12) is good for a share of ninth place in the 18-team field with one round to play.
Niki Schroeder committed a lone bogey in the opening round, surrounding it with three birdies and an eagle (69). She then followed at 75 in the second round, settling in at 1-under and tied for 14th place overall in the 93-player field. Schroeder now owns three rounds in the 60s this season, even with Jessica Porvasnik for most on the team.
Jaclyn Lee and Katja Pogacar were each two-time contributors to the team tally and rank 33rd on the player leaderboard at 3-over (147). Lee carded scores of 72-75 while Pogacar registered rounds of 69-78. Pogacar dropped in five first-round birdies.
The Buckeyes excelled in Par-5 scoring, dipping 15 strokes under par on the lengthy holes (second best in the event). Lee and Schroeder played a large role in that Par-5 success rate, both going 5-under individually to rank third among all players.
T-9th | Team 285-303--588 (+12)
T-14th | Niki Schroeder 68-75--143 (-1)
T-33rd | Jaclyn Lee 72-75--147 (+3)
T-33rd | Katja Pogacar 69-78--147 (+3)
T-58th | (IND) Zoe-Beth Brake 75-77--152 (+8)
T-64th | Rio Watanabe 78-75--153 (+9)
T-80th | Jessica Porvasnik 76-80--156 (+12)
Ohio State is paired with Charleston Southern and East Carolina for the final round on Tuesday (March 21) beginning with a 9 a.m. ET shotgun start.