(Team photo and tournament information courtesy Ohio State Athletic Dept. Additional tournament info courtesy Golfstats.com)
After a down-to-the wire loss against Oregon in the match play first round, the Buckeyes responded with a gutsy performance to defeat Kentucky in their match on Tuesday to secure 3rd place in the East & West Match Play Challenge. Ohio State downed Kentucky by a (on the surface) convincing 4-1 match score. Here’s how the players fared.
Jessica won her match 1-up in 19 holes. She had a tough match on her hands, experiencing the ebb & flow of mach play. Through 6 holes, Jessica was 1-up. Through 12 holes, she was still 1-up. The match finished 18 holes even, then Jessica won the 19th hole to gain the match point for Ohio State.
Jessica had a very good three days of golf. She was medalist in the stroke play portion and went undefeated in match play, going 2-0.
Jaclyn continued her dominant performance in Ann Arbor with a 6 & 5 win. She was 3-up after 4 holes and 5-up after 9 holes. There was no way she was going to lose this match. If you’re up 5 holes (though 9) over your opponent, you are truly in control of the match.
I would argue that as well as Jessica did in the East & West, Jaclyn was more dominant. In stroke play qualifier, she finished 2nd to Jessica. Jaclyn was also 2-0 in match play, but the difference is she absolutely rolled her opponents. She won her matches by the scores of 5 & 4 and 6 & 5. Those are very one-sided matches. I think that Jaclyn came to play at Radrick Farms.
Rio won her match, 4 & 2. Rio was down after the first hole, gained the lead on the 3rd hole. She played her round in even par, never giving her opponent an opening. The consistent solid play got the win.
This was a good event for Rio. She lost a heart-breaker in her opening match against Oregon, 1-down 19 holes, but regained her form for a solid 4 & 2 win against Kentucky. Rio finished her match play at 1-1, but “oh so close” to going 2-0.
Alex contributed a team point by winning her match 1-up. She was actually 3-up after 9 holes, but her opponent pulled the match even on hole #16. Alex won the 18th hole to get the win for OSU.
Alex had an interesting debut to NCAA golf. In her qualifying rounds, she shot 79-78. Actually, that isn’t too bad of a start. Although losing her opening match, 2 & 1, Alex was very competitive thought the round. Her match record was 1-1. Well done.
Niki lost her match 1-up 19 holes. She held the early lead, lost it midway through the front 9, then tied the match on hole #11. The match remained all square from #13 through # 18 before Niki fell just short on the 19th hole.
Niki was 0-2 in her two matches. Although she got rolled 5 & 4 in her opening match, she had stretches of really good golf on her back on of her second match. I think it’s a good sign that she ended the day playing solid golf.
In individual action, Zoe-Beth Brake got past a sketchy stroke play performance to excel in the Individual matches. Placed in the Consolation bracket, Zoe-Beth won her two matches fairy comfortably; 4 & 3 and 5 & 4, in effect winning the Consolation bracket by finishing in 5th spot.
I was discussing this event Wednesday morning at “The Y” with a friend of mine; she’s a UM graduate. She is familiar with the Radrick Farms golf course in Ann Arbor. She said it’s a beautiful course and that she and her friends have had many a tailgate party there. Sounds like the course is a nice, multi-use facility.
The OSUWG’s next event is scheduled for October 3-4 at the Windy City Collegiate at Glen View Club, located in Golf (I’m serious), Illinois.