(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat)

(Note: Due to a 30 minute, or so, weather delay the results are arriving later than usual. If my wife and I have a “Friday night, date night” tonight, I’ll have 1st round recap Saturday. If it’s business as usual around the Kohl household, I’ll have something later this evening. Go Buckeyes!)

After a brief hiatus, the Buckeyes return to South Carolina this weekend in Sunset, SC for the Clemson Invitational. This is a three round (54 holes) event with a seventeen team field. It is played at The Reserve at Lake Keowee.

The Course

The course, The Reserve at Lake Keowee is set up at 6,260 yards long and plays to a par of 72. The rating/slope are 70.8/134, a good bit tougher than the courses I play. This is a Jack Nicklaus design course.

This is an interesting course design/layout. If I interpret the layout correctly, the entire course is one, continuous clock-wise loop. More commonly, when you tee of on hole #1 (or #10, for that matter), at the end of nine holes, you are back to some proximity of the clubhouse. Not here; one you tee off on #1, you better pack a lunch because you’ll be gone for a while.

The other feature is that it really is a parkland course, set amidst the trees. This is an attractive feature to me. But then , with so many trees, you’d better be very accurate with your tee shots…

 

The Format

This is the typical “play 5, count 4” format. This gives teams a little wiggle room in the scoring, but not much. Additionally, teams may enter a player to participate as an Individual.

The Field

The 17 team field includes 10 teams rated in the Golfstat Top-50 rankings. The contestants (alphabetically and Golfstat ranking) are:

#42 Clemson, Columbia, #5 Florida, #6 Florida State, #8 Furman, #47 Houston, #43 Louisville, Michigan State, Mississippi State, #30 Ohio State, #24 Oklahoma, #32 Tennessee, #21 Texas, #18 Texas A&M, Tulane, UNCW, Vanderbilt

This field has 11 Top-50 teams, 6 Top-25 teams, 3 Top-10 teams.  This is a very strong field; expect to see some very good golf.

The Buckeyes

The Buckeyes will tee it up with:

1 – Jaclyn Lee | So. | 73.16 avg. (19 rounds)
2 – Katja Pogacar | Sr. | 73.83 avg. (17 rounds)
3 – Niki Schroeder | So. | 74.05 avg. (19 rounds)
4 – Zoe-Beth Brake | r-Sr. | 76.00 avg. (12 rounds)
5 – Jessica Porvasnik | Sr. | 73.11 avg. (19 rounds)
IND – Rio Watanabe | r-Jr. | 74.60 avg. (15 rounds)

This is a good lineup; it looks like there may be a bit of “settling in” with the lineup. I think we may have established the Core Four (Jaclyn, Jessica, Katja, Niki) with the 5th team slot up for grabs. I think that Zoe-Beth, although her season stroke average is a bit higher than Rio’s, has been the “hotter” of the two golfers recently. Lately, Rio has made a lot of birdies, but she’s also made a lot of bogeys. I like the idea of Rio participating as Individual (additional competitive rounds) to give her an opportunity to smooth out the recent rough edges in her game.