Niki Schroeder taking dead aim.
(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Birdiefire.com)
Ohio State is in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to play in the Battle a the Beach. It may sound like a seaborne invasion, but it’s a golf tournament. The tournament is a 54 hole event played over November 3rd – 5th. Fifteen teams will compete for the title.
The Club Campestre San Jose Golf Course will be set up to a length of 6,149 yards and play to par 71. The slope is 69.0 and the rating is 121. One of the courses I play frequently has slope/rating of 69.3/119. I’m guessing the relative “toughness” of Club Campestre is much greater, since it will be set up in tournament conditions; faster greens, rougher rough, tighter pin positions, etc. The course is a product of Nicklaus Design. Perhaps you’ve heard of it.
Eighteen holes will be played Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tee times for all three days will be shotgun start.
The team format is a “play 5, count 4”.
The fifteen team field, with their Golfstat Top 25 Ranking:
#1 UCLA, #13 Texas, #21 Virginia, #22 Houston, #24 North Carolina, #25 Vanderbilt, Auburn, Baylor, Mississippi State, TCU, Ohio State, Tulane, Wake Forest, North Texas, Oklahoma,
The Buckeyes will tee it up with:
That’s the set-up. How’d it go?
The Buckeyes didn’t have a very good day on Friday’s opening round. Their team score of 301 (+17) placing them in 13th place among 14 competitors. Fortunately, they are only 5 strokes out of 10th place, so a good showing in Saturday’s 2nd round could give them a nice boost in the standings.
Ohio State was led by Niki Schroeder 73 (+2). Jaclyn Lee 74 (+3), Alanis Sakuma 75 (+4) and Rio Watanabe 79 (+8) contributed to the team score. Adeena Shears toured the course in 83 (+12).
In Individual play, Sofia Seldemirova shot an 82 (+11).
We Have Stats
Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.24 strokes,+6 to par, which ranked them T-10th. They played the par-4’s to 4.53, +24 to par, ranking them 13th. The par 5’s were played to an average of 4.95, -1 to par, ranking them 8th.
Ohio State had 46 pars on the day, ranking them 14th. Their 9 birdies ranked them 13th. BirdieFire doesn’t track participant rankings on this, but OSU had 28 bogeys 6 double bogeys.
There is some room for improvement, so I guess there was some post-round advice given…
However, it was not all bad news: They had 1 eagle (Jaclyn Lee) which tied them for 1st in that category.
Since this was a shotgun start, the players teed off from different hole. Let’s see how the players did:
Jaclyn began her round with a bogey on hole #1. Four bogeys later, she made the turn at +5, a very uncharacteristic score. Jaclyn flipped the script on the back nine with an eagle and a birdie to shoot 2 on the closing nine holes.
Rio began her round on hole #3 and really had trouble getting into form; she was +5 through four holes. Not a good start at all. Through her first nine holes, Rio was +7. Fortunately, she stabilized her round with a very solid back nine of +1 (6 pars, 1 birdie, 2 bogeys). Hopefully that level of play carries over to weekend play.
Niki began her round with a bogey on her second hole, #3, but quickly got back to even par with a birdie on #5. Through nine holes, Niki was +3. After bogeys on her next two holes, Niki flashed home with 3 birdies in her closing 7 holes. That was a strong, and needed, finish for her. Her 4 birdies led the Buckeyes.
Adeena began her round on hole #4 and was even par through her first three holes. She finished her first nine holes at +4 and got her back nine off to a good start with a par (hole #13). At that point, her round went off the rails with 2 bogeys and 3 double bogeys in her closing eight holes.
Alanis began her round by birdieing her opening hole, #4. A great start for her. Her first couple of hours were actually pretty well played; through nine holes, Alanis had 3 birdies and was at even par for her round. Play got a bit choppy on her final nine holes (+4), but still, that was a good opening round for Alanis.
Sofia, playing as an Individual began her round on the 16th hole. She opened with two bogeys, then began to intersperse pars and bogeys, sitting at +11 through 14 holes. However, Sofia charged home with four consecutive pars to end her round on a good note.
|Battle on the Beach||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total|
|Sofia Seldemirova (I)||82||0||0||82|
A Few Takeaways
It was probably not how anyone thought this round would play out. The chance of winning this event pretty much evaporated within the first two hours of play. Now the Buckeyes can just go to the course and play golf.
This is quite a young team with Adeena, Alanis and Sofia in the lineup. This weekend will be a great playing/learning experience for them. And, everyone gets to enjoy the scenery of the Baja Peninsula coast.
Ohio State takes the course for round two today.