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.
Here is the overview of the event, the participants and 1st round play for Ohio State.
As a refresher, the Buckeyes will tee it up with:
On to the second round:
This was a round that ended up getting away from Ohio State. They started out very well; through 8 holes they were +2 and had moved up to 10th place. Then, fairways and greens weren’t hit and putts didn’t drop.
The Buckeyes had a bit better 2nd round on Saturday. Their team score of 298 (+14) still has them in 13th place among 14 competitors with an aggregate score of 599 (+31). Fortunately, they are only 7 strokes out of 10th place, so a good showing in Sunday’s final round could give them a nice boost in the standings.
Ohio State was again led by Niki Schroeder with her second consecutive 73 (+2). Jaclyn Lee, Rio Watanabe and Adeena Shears all shot 75 (+4). Alanis Sakuma shot a 78 (+7) on Saturday.
In Individual play, Sofia Seldemirova shot a 77 (+6).
Through two rounds, Niki is at 146 (+4), Jaclyn 149 (+7), Alanis 153 (+11), Rio 154 (+12), Adeena 158 (+16) and Sofia 159 (+17).
We Have Stats
In the 2nd round, Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.20 strokes,+5 to par, which was a slight improvement from the 1st round. They played the par-4’s to 4.33, +15 to par, a significant (9 stroke) improvement from day one. The par 5’s were played to an average of 5.05, +2 to par, two strokes worse than their opening round. This can be attributed to an opening round eagle (Jaclyn) and no eagles in 2nd round.
Ohio State had 51 pars on the day, a bit of an improvement from their opening round. Their 12 birdies were three more than their previous round. BirdieFire doesn’t track this, but OSU had 22 bogeys, six fewer than the 1st round and 4 double bogeys, 2 less than opening day. This was somewhat offset by a triple bogey, which they did not have during their 1st round.
There is still some room for improvement, but the Buckeyes did make some incremental steps in the right direction.
Since this was a shotgun start, the players teed off from different holes. Let’s see how the players did:
Jaclyn began her round with a bogey on hole #15. Through eight holes she was +3. She stabilized her round very quickly by parring 9 of her final 10 holes to finish with a 74. Actually, in 14 of her 18 holes, Jaclyn was -3. She just had a couple holes that got away from her.
Rio began her round on hole #17 and was initially playing well. Through 8 holes, she had 2 birdies and was -1 to par. Her closing 10 holes went a bit sideways and she was +5 over that stretch to finish with 75.
Niki began her round on #14 and really played well to start her round. Through 10 holes she had 3 birdies and was -2. Bogeys on three of her closing 4 holes stalled her round a bit, but Niki still finished with a team leading 73.
Adeena began her round on hole #18 and was +3 through nine holes. She did have an exciting closing stretch of seven holes that included 2 pars, 2 birdies and 3 bogeys. That’s pretty decent scoring over that stretch and Adeena finished with a 75.
Alanis began her round on hole #16. Through nine holes she had a birdie and was +2 to par; so far, so good. Her closing nine also included a birdie, but was littered with some over-par holes as she finished her round with a 78.
Sofia began her round on the 18th hole with a birdie. (Always a nice way t begin a round). Through her first nine holes, Sofia was +2; again, so far, so good. Her closing five holes were adventuresome with a birdie, a par 2 bogeys and a double bogey as she finished with a 77. Sofia was at par or better for 11 of her 18 holes, so I think that is something to build on.
|Battle on the Beach||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total|
|Sofia Seldemirova (I)||82||77||0||159|
|Team to Par||17||14||0||31|
A Few Takeaways
I think the team made some progress in Saturday’s second round. Their first two hours consisted of overall very good golf. They made a few more birdies, had a few more pars and had a few less over-par holes.
Today (Sunday) is the last round of tournament golf for this team until mid-February when they host the Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge. I think if coaches Hession and Snider can get steady play out of their upperclassmen (Lee, Schroeder, Watanabe) and some improvement from their underclassmen (Shears, Sakuma and Seldemirova) today, it will be a good round.
Final round is Sunday.