One year ago, Jessica Porvasnik had just graduated from The Ohio State University and entered the Ohio Women’s Open as her first pro event. She also won it, with a two-day score of 138 (four under par).
Porvasnik nearly had an identical showing Tuesday as the Hinckley native carded a 139 with a second-round 69 to earn her second consecutive Ohio Women’s Open title at Eagle Rock Golf Club.
Thanks to her two-day effort of 70-69, Porvasnik finished one stroke better than Macy Hubbard of Mason, who finished with a 70 on day two for a final score of 140.
Porvasnik got out of the gate on fire, with three birdies on the front nine. She was coasting along well on the back nine, until recording back-to-back bogeys on holes 16 and 17. She finished off by getting par on the par four 18, to finish with a one-over par second half and a two-day total of 139.
“I felt good today and was playing pretty well,” Porvasnik said. “But then, I had a couple of hiccups near the end. But I was steady overall and I’ll take it, because anytime you can shoot under par overall is good. It’s an amazing feeling to win here and it’s the first time as a pro that I’ve won back to back titles.”
Hubbard, who started the day tied for second with Porvasnik with a 70, trailed Porvanik by one stroke at the turn, after shooting a two-under 33 on the front nine. She, too, faltered a bit on the back nine, also finishing with a 37.
“Just a one stroke difference, but as a first year pro, this is my best finish, so I’m happy,” Hubbard said. “Last year, I played here for the first time, after just graduating from Wittenberg. This time around, I played 15 strokes better than last year. It’s been a year of hard work and a year to prepare for this course and I think I made the proper adjustments.
“Going into any tournament, you have to feel like you belong, or you won’t be able to do it. And this finish shows me that I belong.”
In an interesting twist, while Porvasnik won her second straight Ohio Women’s Open as a pro, she did not have the top overall score.
That was put together by an amateur, Brooke Riley, who shot a 138 total. Riley, a native of Manteca, Calif. who just finished her sophomore year at Northwestern University, put together scores of 70 on day one and 68 on day two.
Interestingly, Riley, Porvasnik and Hubbard played together in a threesome on day two. The trio started the day one stroke behind amateurs Rio Watanabe and Sarah Shipley and pro Breanna Patz, all of whom shot 69 on opening day.
Patz carded a 74 on day two, for a two day total of 143. That put her in a tie for sixth place with Amanda Smith, four strokes behind Porvasnik.
Shipley, with a 73 on the second day, finished tied for second with Katie Sharp in the amateurs field, four strokes back of Riley. Watanabe, with a 75 on the final day, finished in a three way tie for sixth on the amateur’s side with Kristin Engle and Maddy McDanel, at 144.
Brooke Baker, second last year and five strokes behind Porvasnik, put together a 69 on day two, to finish in a tie for third with Olivia Jordan Higgins and Molly Skapik, with a 142 total.
Rounding out the top 10 on the pro side were Patz and Smith (143), sixth place; Erika Scott (144), eighth; and Anna Appert-Lund, Lauren Dunbar and Kasey Petty (145), tied for ninth.
The remainder of the top 10 on the amateur side were Ashley Zi-Tong and Emily Hughes (143), tie for fourth; Lexi Long (145), eighth; Ali Green (148), ninth and Nicole Smiley (149), 10th.
Cheryl Fox was the Senior Champion, after carding a two-day total of 149 (74-75). Loretta Young, tied for the lead with Fox after the first day, shot an 81 on the final day to finish second, at 155.
“Overall, I thought I played fairly well, but I can’t seem to go any round here, without getting a double bogey somewhere,” Fox said. “Hole 13 always seems to give me problems. But I always like playing here. Hats off to Eagle Rock, they put together a good tournament. Plus, I did get the top prize, a crystal trophy and that’s good.”
Also of local note, on the amateur side, Tinora grad Gabbi Keller finished at 167 (87-80) and Liberty Center senior Olivia Zacharias carded a 168 (79-89). Also, Riley Kleck, a sophomore at Napoleon and the youngest in the field at age 15, finished with a 185 (92-93).
Ohio Women’s Open Results
Jessica Porvasnik 69-70-139; Macy Hubbard 70-70-140; Brooke Baker 73-69-142, Olivia Jordan-Higgins 71-71-142; Molly Skapik 71-71-142; Breanna Patz 69-74-143; Amanda Smith 75-68-143; Erika Scott 73-71-144; Anna Appert-Lund 72-73-145; Kasey Petty 73-72-145; Lauren Dunbar 76-69-145; Elizabeth Breed 75-71-146; Amanda Dixon 74-72-146; Taryn Walker 73-73-146; Allie White 74-72-146; Josee Doyon 76-71-147; Riley Rennell 75-72-147; Caroline Powers 74-74-148; Jenna Pearson 75-75-150; Shelby Thompson 77-74-151; Mia Barchetti 75-78-153; Allison Leigeb 80-73-153; Tiffany Robbins 82-72-154; Whitney Young 78-76-154; Ashli Bunch 76-80-156; Robyn Doig 79-77-156; Elizabeth Kim 79-77-156; Laura Basco 83-77-160; Audrey Nelson 79-81-160; Laura Welch 88-88-176; Kimberly Risulmi 93-90-183.
Cheryl Fox 75-74-149; Loretta Young 74-81-155; Darlene Hale-Stowers 84-76-160; Karen Bennett 83-84-167; Jamie Zimron 85-withdraw.
Brooke Riley 70-68-138; Katie Sharp 71-71-142; Sarah Shipley 69-73-142; Ashley Zi-Tong Au 75-68-143; Emily Hughes 72-71-143; Kristin Engle 75-69-144; Maddy McDaniel 72-72-144; Rio Watanabe 69-75-144; Lexie Long 73-72-145; Ali Green 76-72-148; Nicole Smiley 77-72-149; Maria Connelly 76-74-150; Hannah Kim 76-74-150; Claire Cameron 74-77-151; Kamerine Taylor 77-75-152; Madison Butler 75-79-154; Maddie Thomas 77-77-154; Christina Williams 82-72-154; Meredith Wipper 79-76-155; Aneta Abrajamva 83-74-157; Lauren Keiser 81-77-158; Devon Atchison 83-78-161; Kristina Kniesly 84-77-161; Anna Kramer 81-80-161; Samantha Blackburn 84-77-161; Candi Keller 81-81-162; Jackie Cunningham 85-77-162; Alexis Jones 87-75-162; Ashley Flynn 81-82-163; Jill Schmitmeyer 87-76-163; Kara Raines 84-80-164; Averi Hannah 84-82-166; Marissa Balish 84-83-167; Lauren Dauk 86-81-167; Gabbi Keller 87-80-167; Zaafina Naqvi 84-83-167; Emma Romine 85-82-167; Olivia Zacharias 79-89-168; Sybil Robinson 86-84-170; Annie Stimmel 90-81-171; Sarah Kern 95-87-182; Riley Kleck 92-93-185; Kara Godsey 90-99-189; Makyla Lewellen 96-96-192.