(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.
Ohio State lineup
The Buckeyes wrapped up their Southern California swing and were probably eager to head back to Columbus. Their 3rd round team score was 317 (+33). Their three day total of 922 (+70) dropped them 3 positions to 17th place.
The Buckeyes were led by Jaclyn Lee (72 (+1) and Adeena Shears 78 (+7). They were the only Buckeyes to shoot in the 80’s in the final round. Alex Wright 82 (+11), Rio Watanabe 85 (+14) contributed to the team score and Niki Schroeder 86 (+15) rounded out the scoring.
Competing as Individuals, Alanis Sakuma shot an 82 (+11) and Sofia Seldemirova an 85 (+14).
In the 96 player field, Jaclyn finished T-30. Adeena was T-41, Alanis 83rd, Sofia 91st, Niki 93rd and Rio 95th.
For me, this was an odd tournament. Some players over-performed quite a bit from my pre-tourney expectations and others under-performed by quite a bit. The next week of practice will be interesting. I don’t think this starting rotation is set by any stretch of the imagination.
|Northrup Grumman||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total|
|Alanis Sakuma (I)||82||75||82||239|
|Sofia Seldemirova (I)||78||82||85||245|
Jaclyn had a clutch final round. She birdied her opening hole and through 16 holes was at +3. Not too bad. Jaclyn then finished birdie-birdie to get to the clubhouse at +1. Although Jaclyn bumped her score up some in the 2nd round, she put together very solid 1st and 3rd rounds. Good for her.
Alex lost her magic from the first two rounds. In the first two days, she averaged over 12 pars per round; on Tuesday she had 8. She averaged a birdie a round for the event and through the first two rounds had only one hole over bogey. On Tuesday, she had three. Still, a good performance by Alex; she played two quite good rounds and had her third round slip away from her.
Niki’s round did not count toward the team score. This was her third consecutive round where she failed to break 80.
Rio had another brutal round. Again, I’ll leave it that she did manage to break 90. Other than that, I don’t have much.
Adeena began her round with a birdie and stood at -1 through four holes. She ran into a speed bump with five bogeys over a seen hole stretch. She parred her closing two holes to stabilize the round. Adeena slipped a bit in this round but had a good opening round backed up by a career-best score in her 2nd round. She had a good week.
Alanis had a bad start; she bogeyed her first three holes and was +10 through ten holes. However, she did par 7 of her 8 closing holes, including a stretch of 6 consecutive pars on holes 9 through 14. Alanis had her opening and closing rounds slip a bit, but fashioned a very good 2nd round.
Sofia just couldn’t get anything going on Tuesday. She began her round with a double bogey and things improved only marginally. Sofia had seven pars and no birdies. I guess the bright spot was that she finished with two consecutive pars. The other bright spot was Sofia’s opening round.
Stats & Stuff
Note: the scoring stats in the following two paragraphs are for team play only. Individual play scores/stats are not included.
In the third round, Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.80 strokes, +16 to par. For the tournament, they averaged 3.47 (+28).
In the third round, Ohio State played the par 4’s to an average of 4.56 strokes, +31 to par. For the tournament, they averaged 4.44 (+73).
In the third round, Ohio State played the par 5’s to an average of 5.40 strokes, +6 to par. For the tournament, they averaged 5.20 (+9).
Ohio State scored 43 pars in the round giving them 147 for the event. Their 8 birdies in the round gave them 21 for the event. They had only one eagle for the event, Adeena Shears’ deuce on the par-4 11th in the 2nd round.
In the first two rounds, the field player scoring average was 75.7. which for four “counting” players (play 5 -count 4), would yield a team score of 303. Ohio State’s 1st round score of 200 was a bit better than average. Their 2nd round of 305 was a bit worse. The field final round counting score was 77, yielding a team score of 308. Ohio State’s final round of 317 was a good bit off average.
The Buckeyes get a few days off, then bounce back to the southwest for the Westbrook Spring Invitational in Peoria, AZ. The event will be held February 25th – 26th.