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

Ohio State is in Chapel Hill, NC to play in the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational. The tournament is a 54 hole event played over October 13th – 15th. Eighteen teams will compete for the title.

The Buckeyes

The Buckeyes will tee it up with:

1. Jaclyn Lee | Jr.
2. Niki Schroeder | Jr.
3. Rio Watanabe | Sr.
4. Alex Wright | So.
5. Sofia Seldemirova | Fr.

Tournament participants, background, set-up, players and 1st round recap are here. On to round 2.

Recap

The Buckeyes put together a strong round of 286 (-2) to end the second round with a team score of 578 (+2) which has them in 8th position.

Ohio State got off to a great start and was -2 at the turn. They gave back a couple strokes in the early part of the back nine, but recovered nicely and recouped those strokes in the closing holes to finish under par for the day.

Ohio State was led in the 2nd round by Alex Wright 70 (-2). Jaclyn Lee and Rio Watanabe followed with 71’s (-1). Niki Schroeder rounded out team scoring with a 74 (+2) and Sofia Seldemirova shot an 80 (+8).

Alex currently sits in T-15th position of 96 golfers. Jaclyn is T-21, Rio is T-33rd, Niki T-73rd and Sofia T-85th.

We Have Stats

In round 2, Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.15 strokes, +3 to par. This was 4 strokes worse than the opening round. They played the par-4’s to 4.12, +6 to par, a 5 stroke improvement from Friday’s round. The par 5’s were played to an average of 4.85, -3 to par, a 3 stroke improvement from Friday.

The damage on the par-3’s was due to one hole – the 187 yard 12th hole. The team rolled up 3 pars, a bogey and a double bogey on tha hole. They performed well on the par-5 3rd and 13th holes; the team was an aggregate -2 on each of those holes.

Ohio State had 62 pars on the day giving them 122 through two rounds. For the second consecutive round, they carded 12 birdies.

Let’s see how the players did:

Jaclyn

Jaclyn again started well with a birdie on her 1st hole and another on her 8th hole for a front nine of 34 (-2). Her 3 bogeys, 2 birdies on her back nine got Jaclyn into the clubhouse with a 71 (-1). This was her second consecutive round of 71.

Rio

Rio dispensed with any drama on Saturday. She birdied hole #3 then shot six consecutive pars to make the turn at 35 (-1). On holes #11 – #13, a bogey-par-birdie stretch kept her at -1 for the round. Rio cruised into the clubhouse on 5 consecutive pars for her 71 (-1).

Niki

Niki had a much better day than she had on Friday. She had 2 bogeys and 7 pars on the front side to turn at 38 (+2). Her 2 birdie / 2 bogey performance on her back nine got her into the clubhouse with a 74 (+2).

On Friday, Niki had 2 double bogeys and only 1 birdie. In Saturday’s round, she had no double bogeys and 2 birdies. Much better execution and management.

Sofia

Sofia replicated her opening nine of Friday with 2 bogeys and 7 pars to make the turn at 38 (+2). Her back nine started with pars on #10 and #11, but a double bogey on #12 pushed her score to +4 and pretty much took her out of team scoring. A +4 finish over her final four holes bought Sofia into the clubhouse with an 80 (+8).

Alex

Alex mirrored her front and back sides on Saturday with nines of 35 (-1). She did start off her back nine with a bogey, but played her final 8 holes in -2 to par to finish with her 70 (-2).

Buckeye scores:

Tar Heel Invitational Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
Team 292 286 0 578
Jaclyn Lee 71 71 0 142
Niki Schroeder 78 74 0 152
Rio Watanabe 74 71 0 145
Alex Wright 71 70 0 141
Sofia Seldemirova 76 80 0 156


A Few Takeaways

Ohio State started fairly well and maintained their level of play the entire day. Sub-par rounds are always good. They reduced their number of over par holes in round 2. In team scoring, this was a much better distribution of scores. In the opening round, the for double bogeys were spread among 3 players, resulting in most of the team getting dinged by doubles. In Saturday’s round, both doubles were incurred by one player, resulting in more players having opportunity to contribute to a good team score.

 Another good round on Sunday can bump them one, maybe two spots.

Up Next

Sunday’s final round sends everyone off the tee boxes together with a shotgun start at 9:15 am ET.

Go Buckeyes!