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

Ohio State stays in the Midwest by playing in the Windy City Challenge in Highland Park, IL. The tournament is a 36 hole event on October 2nd – 3rd. Fifteen teams will compete for the title. Through 36 holes, the Buckeyes were in 6th place with a team score of 577 (+9).



As a refresher, here is Ohio State’s lineup.

The Buckeyes

The Buckeyes will tee it up with:

1. Jaclyn Lee | Jr.
2. Alex Wright | So.
3. Rio Watanabe | Sr.
4. Niki Schroeder | Jr.
5. Adeena Shears | So.
Ind. Alanis Sakuma | Fr.

That’s the set-up. How’d it go?


The Buckeyes dropped from 6th place to 10th place in a final round that completely got away from them.  Their 3rd round team score of 304 (+20) doubled their “over par” results from the first two rounds combined. The Buckeyes finished with a score of 881 (+29). It wasn’t a good day.

In round 3, Ohio State was paced by Jaclyn Lee’s 74 (+3) and Alex Wright’s 75 (+4). Adeena Shears contributed to the team score with a 77 (+6) as did Niki Schroeder with a 78 (+7). Rio Watanabe rounded out the scoring with an 8 (+9). In Individual play, freshman Alanis Sakuma shot an 84 (+13).

For the three rounds, Jaclyn shot a 215 (+2). Clustered together were Niki with a 221 (+8), Rio 223 (+10) and Alex 225 (+12). Adeena shot a 237 (+24) and Alanis a 245 (+32).

Jaclyn finished in T-9th place of 81 golfers. Niki Schroeder finished T-28th, Rio T-39th, Alex T-50th, Adeena 72nd, and Alanis finished 77th.

We Have Stats

In the 3rd round, Ohio State played the par 3s to an average of 3.44 (+11) and a tournament average of 3.28 (+21). The pr 4s were played to an average of 4.29 (+13) and 4.20 (+27) for the event. The 3rd round par 5s were played to an average of 5.25 (+5) and an event average of 5.13 (+8).

Ohio State had 50 pars on the day, totaling 162 for the event. They registered 8 birdies, giving them 31 overall. Their lone eagle was Jaclyn’s from round 2.

Let’s see how the players did:


Jaclyn had a decent enough front nine of 37 (+2). A double bogey on the par-4 10th hole didn’t help matters, but she played the final eight holes in -1 for a back nine 37 and a round of 74. It wasn’t  great round, but 3 birdies on her back nine transformed it into a good round.


Rio was completely off her game in the final round. Through five holes she was +6 and at that point it’s just a matter of getting off the course without injury. She did birdie hole #9 to make the turn at 40, but  back nine 40 got Rio to the clubhouse with an 80.


Niki had a rare round in that she had no birdies. I’ve watched her play Niki can put up birdies with the best of them; it just didn’t happen in the final round. She did record 12 pars, just nothing in red numbers.


Adeena recovered from a tough Monday with a 2 birdied front nine score of 36 (+1). Her back nine stalled out with a handful of bogeys, but still it was an encouraging follow-up round for Adeena.


Alex got her round off with a birdie, then another birdie and three bogeys later made the turn at 36 (+1). She couldn’t get birdie putts to drop on the back nine and closed with a 39 (+3) for a solid 75 (+4).


Playing as an Individual, Alanis teed off on the back nine (hole #10). She struggled on the back nine of the 2nd round and it continued in the final round. She was +9 through 5 holes, but to her credit, did birdie 2 of the last three holes to finish with a 44 (+8). A handful of bogeys on her back nine brought her in with a round of 84 (+13).

Buckeye scores:

Windy City Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total To Par
Team 289 288 304 881 29
Adeena Shears 82 78 77 237 24
Niki Schroeder 74 69 78 221 8
Rio Watanabe 68 75 80 223 10
Alex Wright 76 74 75 225 12
Jaclyn Lee 71 70 74 215 2
Alanis Sakuma (I) 76 85 84 245 245
5 4 20 29 29

A Few Takeaways

This round was just ‘one of those things’. I think that Tuesday’s results were generally disappointing, but fortunately it still offered a glimpse of this team reforming itself.

From a coaching standpoint, this had to have been a difficult round to manage. You have two coaches, six players, 18 holes and over 4 miles of golf course to cover. To compound the complexity, there are the 5 players competing for team score that have to be advised and the 6th player, a freshman making her debut as an Individual that you can’t ignore. No one said coaching would be easy…

I still like coaches Hession and Snider approach to introduce freshmen to big time golf experience by playing them as Individuals. There are new players in new roles for this team. The lineups have really yet to be determined. Practice is one way to determine playing time; early season tournaments are a better crucible to do the same.


Up Next

The Buckeyes travel to Chapel Hill, NC for the Tar Heel Invitational. The event is scheduled from Friday October 13th through Sunday October 15th.