(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.
Here’s the tournament set-up and day one results. On to Monday’s round…
Ohio State lineup
Let’s just say that play was sketchy for the Buckeyes and things didn’t improve. The team finished their second round with a score of 305 (+21), dropping them two positions. Their two round total of 605 (+37) has them in 14th place, 4 strokes behind Southern Cal and 2 strokes ahead of Oklahoma State.
The Buckeyes were led by Adeena Shears 73 (+2), Alex Wright 75 (+4) and Jaclyn Lee 77 (+6). Niki Schroeder contributed with an 80 (+9) and Rio Watanabe shot an 87 (+16).
Competing as Individuals, Alanis Sakuma shot a 75 (+4) and Sofia Seldemirova an 82 (+11).
Ohio State began their round on the 10th hole.
|Northrup Grumman||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total|
|Alanis Sakuma (I)||82||75||0||157|
|Sofia Seldemirova (I)||78||82||0||160|
Jaclyn birdied her 2nd hole, the par-4 11th, then did a ‘mix & match’ with (mostly) pars and a handful of bogeys to cruse into the clubhouse with a 77 (+6). She was +3 on each nine.
Alex opened with three consecutive pars, had a three hole stretch of +2, then closed her opening nine with 3 more pars to hit the turn at +2 to par. Her back nine was a fairly clean +2, comprised of 7 pars and 2 bogeys. Her 13 pars led the Buckeyes and she has a team leading 25 through two rounds. Alex is fairly steady-as-she-goes and not making any “big” number mistakes this week.
Niki opened her round with a birdie and closed her round with a birdie. Aside from that, her round was not that good. She did have 11 holes of par or better, but her round was marred by 2 double bogeys and a triple bogey.
Rio had an absolutely brutal round. Let’s just leave it that she did manage to break 90. Other than that, I don’t have much… In the recap of the first round, I thought that Rio would like to have three holes back, to have a do-over with them. Today, the number is up to four holes.
Adeena was on a thrill ride: she holed out from the fairway for an eagle on the 355 yard par-4 11th hole (her second hole), but three holes late was back to +1. She ran together 5 consecutive pars, then mixed a birdie in with a couple bogeys before birdieing her final hole. Her 73 (+2) is something for Adeena to build on for Tuesday and for the rest of the season.
Alanis had interesting stretches of play in this round. For her opening six holes, she was a respectable +2. In her next six holes, she was a sold even par (2 birdies/1 dble bogey). In her closing six holes, Alanis was again a respectable +2. Her round of 75 (+4) was a nicely played round of golf.
Sofia’s score (82) wasn’t that hot, but that was due primarily to a four hole stretch in her opening nine where she had 3 double bogeys, making the turn at 44. Although she did have another double-bogey, she responded with a four hole stretch where she was -1. He back nine of 38 (+3) was a nice recovery for her.
This didn’t work out well at all. The significant difference between the two days is that during the 1st round the team had 3 double bogeys and no triple bogeys. During the 2nd round they 8 double bogeys and 3 triple bogeys. Rounds got out of control in a hurry.
What was the same for both rounds is that underclassmen performed fairly well while some upperclassmen continued to under-perform.
On to the stats…
Note: the scoring stats in the following two paragraphs are for team play only. Individual play scores/stats are not included.
In the second round, Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.50 strokes, +10 to par. Through two rounds they are 3.30 (+12) and ranked T-8.
In the second round, Ohio State played the par 4’s to an average of 4.44 strokes, +24 to par. Through two rounds they average 4.43 (+46) and ranked 15th.
In the second round, Ohio State played the par 5’s to an average of 5.20 strokes, +3 to par. Through two rounds they average 5.10 (+3) and ranked T-14.
Ohio State racked up 50 pars in the round giving them 104 through two rounds, ranking them T-9. Their 6 birdies gave them a total of 13, ranking them 18th., ranking them T-6th and scored 7 birdies, T-16th. They had one eagle (Adeena Shears), putting them in a several way tie for 2nd.
The Buckeyes played the par 5s about the same for both rounds. The par 4s were played almost exactly the same as in round one. Not that they were played that well, it merely that play didn’t falter in round two on the par 4s. Performance on the par 3s dropped off a good bit. The Buckeyes were 8 strokes higher in round two.
Next up – the final round is Tuesday. There will be a shotgun start at 8:30 am PT.