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Strong ‘Back 9’ Powers Buckeyes into Top-10 After Round One

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The Ohio State women’s golf team is tied for eighth place at the 2014 NCAA Championships with 18 of 72 holes complete. The Buckeyes stormed through the ‘Back 9,’ shaving off 15 strokes from their opening nine-hole score. Ohio State shot 299 (+19) overall, going just 2-over in the second half of the round after sitting plus-17 at the turn.

Freshman Katja Pogacar led the way for Ohio State, carding a 2-over 72 for a share of 13th place on the individual leaderboard. She birdied Holes 12 & 13 to go along with seven pars during her sizzling 2-under effort on the final nine holes.

Senior Allison Harper was the top Buckeye performer during the Front 9 (+3) and posted the team’s second-best score overall (+4, 74). She opened the championships by going bogey-double bogey on the first two holes. Harper then settled in and shot just 1-over for the remaining 16 holes to earn a piece of 28th place individually. She shined on a pair of the hardest holes, recording birdies on Holes 5 & 15. Of the 126 players in the field, only eight birdied Hole 5 and six did so on Hole 15.

Freshman Jessica Porvasnik battled blusterous conditions throughout, limiting the wind damage to six bogies. The 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year notched a birdie as well to finish 5-over (75) for the day. Porvasnik enters Day Two slotted 41st on the individual leaderboard.

Junior Claudia Lim also contributed to the team tally, registering an 8-over 78. She dropped in birdies on Holes 13 & 16, the only Buckeye to do so on the 16th. Lim is tied for 79th place. Freshman Zoe-Beth Brake rounded out the Ohio State contingency in Tulsa, chronicling an 11-over 81 and placing t-111st heading into Wednesday.

The Scarlet and Gray will tee it up in the afternoon session for Wednesday (May 21). Ohio State pairs up with Michigan State and Stanford for an 11:50 a.m. CT/12:50 p.m. ET start.

TEAM STANDINGS

1. Oklahoma – 288 (+8)

2. UCLA – 291 (+11)

t-3. Duka – 293 (+13)

t-3. USC – 293 (+13)

t-3. Arizona State – 293 (+13)

6. California – 296 (+16)

7. Arizona – 298 (+18)

t-8. Ohio State – 299 (+19)

t-8. Washington – 299 (+19)

10. Stanford – 300 (+20)

11. South Carolina – 301 (+21)

12. Mississippi State – 302 (+22)

t-13. Tulane – 303 (+23)

t-13. Vanderbilt – 303 (+23)

t-13. Virginia – 303 (+23)

t-16. Alabama – 305 (+25)

t-16. Florida – 305 (+25)

t-16. Texas A&M – 305 (+25)

t-16. Campbell – 305 (+25)

t-16. Michigan State – 305 (+25)

t-16. Northwestern – 305 (+25)

22. Iowa State – 306 (+26)

23. North Carolina State – 307 (+27)

24. Kansas – 313 (+33)

BUCKEYE LEADERBOARD

t-13th. Katja Pogacar – 72 (+2)

t-28th. Allison Harper – 74 (+4)

t-41st. Jessica Porvasnik – 75 (+5)

t-79th. Claudia Lim – 78 (+8)

t-111st. Zoe-Beth Brake – 81 (+11)