(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.

Here are recaps for 1st and 2nd rounds.

Recap

Well, there is no way to sugar coat this round – it was a mess. The Buckeyes could not get anything going and subsequently shot a final round of 298 (+10) to finish the tournament with  a team score of 876 (+12) which placed them in 13th position.

The Buckeyes had a staggered start and teed off on holes #6 through #9. Their first couple hours of play were brutal – an aggregate team score in the neighborhood of +9/+10. Ths was primarily due to their struggles with par 4s on the back nine, below. They played much better on their closing 6 – 8 holes, but the hole was dug too deeply.

Ohio State was led in the 3rd round by Jaclyn Lee 70 (-2). Alex Wright 74 (+2), Niki Schroeder 77 (+5) and Sofia Seldemirova followed with 77’s (+5). Rio Watanabe wrapped up the festivities with an 82 (+10).

Jaclyn finished in T-16th position of 96 golfers. Alex finished T-26, Rio T-71, Niki T-77 and Sofia T-86th.

We Have Stats

In the final round 3, Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.15 strokes, +3 to par. For the tournament, they averaged 3.08 strokes, +5 to par. They played the par-4’s to 4.34, +17 to par. For the tournament, 4.23, +34 to par. The par 5’s were played to an average of 5.00, even par. For the tournament, 4.95, -3 to par.

The damage was done by the back nine par-4s. The five par-4s were played in an aggregate of +13 to par. Throw in the 9th hole, played to an aggregate of +3, and that is pretty much the tale of woe.

Ohio State had 57 pars on the day giving them 179 for the tournament, placing them T-6th. Their 9 birdies gave them a total of 33, T-14th.

Let’s see how the players did:

Jaclyn

Jaclyn began play on hole #7 and chalked up 5 consecutive pars. Two bogeys over her next 5 holes pushed her to +2 after 10 holes. Enough being enough, Jaclyn birdied 4 of her final 8 holes for her 70 (-2). Jaclyn played all three rounds in under par; a good example of sustained excellence.

Alex

Alex began her round on the par-5 6th hole with a double bogey… oops. She did reel off 3 birdies, along with 3 bogeys, to finish her round at 74 (+2). This was a good event for Alex; she had two rounds under par and finished the 54 holes at -1. This was a much needed round for Alex and for the team.

Niki

Niki began play on hole #8. Through eight holes, she was +3. A double bogey on the par-5 17th put her at +5 for the day. Fortunately, for Niki as much as the team, she followed that miscue with 9 consecutive pars as she finished with a 77 (+5).

Rio

Rio dispensed with any drama for the second consecutive round, but not in a good way. Sunday’s lack of drama was opposite Saturday’s round. On Saturday, Rio was in complete control of her play, on Sunday, it was an 18 hole minefield for her. In her first two rounds, Rio had 6 birdies. On Sunday, she had 6 bogeys and no birdies. She also managed to work in two double bogeys. This round got completely away from her. Luckily, Rio had two solid earlier rounds (74 – 71), so Sunday was more aberration than anything else.

 

Sofia

Sofia began her round on the par-4 9th hole with a double bogey. Her next nine holes were +5 with 5 bogeys and 4 par. At this point, it’s a grim looking scorecard. On her closing eight holes (#1 – #8) Sofia birdied both par 5s and parred the remaining 6 holes. Her -2 scoring over this stretch brightened her scorecard. I think, more importantly, this could be a huge confidence boost for her.

 

Buckeye scores:

Tar Heel Invitational Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total To Par
Team 292 286 298 876 12
Jaclyn Lee 71 71 70 212 -4
Niki Schroeder 78 74 77 229 13
Rio Watanabe 74 71 82 227 11
Alex Wright 71 70 74 215 -1
Sofia Seldemirova 76 80 77 233 17
4 -2 10 12


A Few Takeaways

Not too much to say about Sunday’s round.

  • After a so-so opening nine holes, Jaclyn ripped the course with 4 birdies in her closing nine holes.
  • Niki just had one of those weeks. She just needs to clean her grooves and tee it up again.
  • Rio had two well played rounds followed by a round that was pretty loose. Too bad that is happened, but Same advice for Rio as for Niki.
  •  Alex had a well played tournament. Multiple under-par rounds may be just the boost she needs.
  • Sofia struggled for most of the weekend, but flashed stretched of very good play, particularly on Friday’s and Sunday’s back nines.

Up Next

The Buckeyes get a couple weeks off to regroup then head to the Baylor/Texas Invitational. The venue will be the Club Campestre San Jose Golf Course in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The event will be held Friday – Sunday, November 3rd – 5th.

Go Buckeyes!