(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat and uwbadgers.com)
The East & West Match Play Challenge. We are now in the match play portion of the event and the Buckeyes faced the Cyclones. The stroke play portion went fairly well for Ohio State. How’d the first round of match play go?
Not as well s we’d hoped. Ohio State lost 3 of 5 matches. The Buckeyes who won their matches were Jaclyn Lee and Alex Wright.
Brief matches recap, below.
Rio Watanabe led off for Ohio State (a good decision, IMO) lost her match 2 & 1. Rio lost her first two holes, scoring pars to her opponent’s birdies. Not much you can do when you’re getting those numbers thrown at you.
Rio was down 4 holes after 6, but held even to make the turn at 4-down. She would win the 10th and the 14th holes to pull to with 2-down, but ran out of holes.
Amanda Shears was in the #2 spot. Unfortunately, she got clocked and lost 6-up in her match. Her front nine was littered with a lot a bogies and she was down 5 holes at the turn.Not a whole lot went right for Amanda.
Alex Wright was next up for Ohio State and continuing her second round play, won her match 3 & 1. She actually had a pretty interesting match. Down 1 hole at the turn, Alex squared the match at #11, then won three of the next 4 holes to go dormie 3. Her opponent won the 16th hole to pull within 2-down with 2 to play, but Alex closed out the match with a par on #17. That’s great stuff.
Niki Schroeder batted cleanup for Ohio State, but lost a tough 2 & 1 match. This was a tough back and forth match with Niki having several 1-up leads on the front side, but being All Square at the turn. Niki lost the 10th and 12th hole to pars and was 2-down with three to go. Niki won #16 to pull to with 1-down, but lost #17 to a par, and that was that.
Jaclyn Lee rounded out the match play for the Buckeyes with a 2 & 1 win for OSU’s second point. Jaclyn was in a tough match, never actually holding the lead until the 14th hole. Until that point, she had trailed in 8 holes and 5 were All Square. She grabbed the lead with a par on the par-3 15th then closed out the match with a par on the 17th hole.
In Individual play, Sofia Seldemirova won her match 4-up. She overcame being 2-down after 3 holes to square the match on the 6th hole. While 1-up through 11 holes, Sofia took control of the match by winning her next three holes to go 4-up with 4 to go. (dormie 4 is always a good position to be in). A half on the 15th hole wrapped up the match for Sofia. Well done, well done.
On Tuesday, Ohio State faces Oregon in match play. I’ll have the recap sometime Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning. Please stop by.