(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat)
The Ohio State Women’s Golf (OSUWG) rolled into southern California for the Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge. This is the 23rd year of this event and Ohio State again serves as the host team.
Course: Palos Verdes Golf Club is set up at 6,017 yards, playing to par 71.
Schedule: Sequential tee-off from the first tee on Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am Pacific Time. Tuesday shotgun start at 8:30 am PT.
Format: The familiar “play 5, count 4” with teams also fielding players to participate as Individuals.
Field: This is an 18 team field, with 12 teams currently ranked in Golfstat’s Top 25. This is a loaded field. Six of the top eight team and seven of the top ten teams. Below are the teams (alphabetically) with their ranking.
#3 Alabama, Arizona, #6 Arizona State, Baylor, #2 Duke, #18 Florida, #12 Northwestern, Ohio State, #8 Oklahoma State, San Diego State, #5 Stanford, Tennessee, #10 Texas, #1 UCLA, UNLV, #11 USC, #23 Wake Forest and #25 Washington
Ohio State lineup
I like this lineup. First, it provides almost every Buckeye a chance to tee it up in this big-time event. It’s a good opportunity for the lesser experienced players to get tested against some top flight and for the even lesser experienced to compete on this venue as an Individual.
The team finished their first round with a score of 299 (+16), placing them in 12th place, 15 strokes behind leader Arizona 285 (+1). Interestingly, this was almost the identical score to their opening round last year (299), their same position (T-12) and not quite as far behind (19 strokes) as last year.
The Buckeyes were led by Alex Wright 73 (+2), Jaclyn Lee 74 (+3) and Adeena Shears 75 (+4). Rio Watanabe contributes to the team score with a 78 (+7) and Niki Schroeder shot an 80 (+9)
Competing as Individuals, Alanis Sakuma shot an 82 (+11) and Sofia Seldemirova a 78 (+7).
Ohio State began their round on the 10th hole.
|Northrup Grumman||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total|
|Alanis Sakuma (I)||82||0||0||82|
|Sofia Seldemirova (I)||78||0||0||78|
Jaclyn had an erratic opening nine with 2 birdies, 3 bogeys and 4 pars. A little bit of everything led to a 37 (+1) at the turn. She had her back nine under control with 2 bogeys and 7 pars for a 37 (+2) and a round of 74 (+3).
Alex opened with a birdie (always a good start) and was -1 through three holes. She stumbled with 3 consecutive bogeys before closing with 3 consecutive pars to make the turn at 38 (+2). Her back nine was fairly smooth sailing with 1 birdie, 1 bogey and 7 pars for a 35 (E) and a round of 73 (+2). Her 12 pars tied for most by Buckeye with Adeena Shears.
Niki bogeyed two of her first three holes, then settled in with the help of 4 consecutive par to make the turn at 39 (+3). After playing the next 4 holes in a solid +1, the round unraveled for Niki. Five consecutive bogeys gave her a back nine of 41 (+6) and an 80 (+9). Ugh.
Rio had a… choppy opening nine holes. She had two birdies but also three double bogeys to make the turn at 41 (+5). She stabilized things a bit with a 37 (+2) back nine to shoot a 78 (+7), but there are at least three holes sh’e like to have back.
Adeena was even par through seen holes before bogeying the next two hoes to make the turn at 38 (+2). After bogeying 2 of her first 4 holes on the back nine, Adeena strung together five consecutive pars to finish at 75 (+4). Her 12 pars tied for the team lead with Alex Wright.
Alanis played her opening six holes without a par and was +5 before settling in to 3 consecutive pars to make the turn at 41 (+5). She again struggled through her first six holes (+6) before parring out her final three holes to go to the clubhouse with an 82 (+11).
Sofia had a good, if not interesting first round of 2018. Her first five holes were comprised of 2 birdies and 3 bogeys followed by 4 pars to make the turn at 37 (+1). Sofia stumbled a bit on her closing nine with a 41 (+6) to shoot her 78 (+7). That’s actually not too bad of a start. Sofia actually led all Buckeyes with 3 birdies.
Note: the scoring stats in the following two paragraphs are for team play only. Individual play scores are not included.
Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.10 strokes, +2 to par, which ranked them 4th in that category. They played the par-4’s to 4.42, +23 to par, ranking 16th. The par-5’s were played to 5.00, Even par, ranking them T-8th.
Ohio State racked up 54 pars, ranking them T-6th and scored 7 birdies, T-16th.
The Buckeyes played the par 3s and par 5s fairly well, so there doesn’t seem to be any issue with short iron play. They were brutalized by the par 4s, however. On hole #12 (16 hdcp), the Team shot +3. On # 14 (hdcp 14) they were +4. On hole #18 (hdcp 8) they were +3. Stumbling a bit on # 18, the 8th hardest hole is somewhat understandable. Getting various body parts handed to you on two #12, #14) of the four easiest holes is a bit of a concern.
If a couple players get back to form, Monday should go fairly well. I’m not worried about the play of Alanis and Sofia. This is early in their collegiate careers and they are getting a handle on these events. They’ll be fine.
Next up – round two on Monday. The Buckeyes again tee off on the back nine. Alanis and Sofia tee off at 9:11 am (Left Coast Time) with the Team following, in sequence, beginning at 9:22 am.