(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Dept and Big Ten.. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Birdiefire.)
The Buckeyes head to warmer climes (Peoria, AZ to be precise) for the three-round, two-day Westbrook Spring Invitational.
The course, Westbrook Village Golf Club was set up at 6,252 yards long and played to a par of 72.
This is the typical “play 5, count 4” format. This gives teams a little wiggle room in the scoring, but not much. Teams can also enter a player to play as an Individual.
The 15 team field includes 2 teams rated in the Golfstat Top-25 rankings. The contestants are:
Delaware, #15 Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, #17 Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, UC Davis, Washington State, Wisconsin
That’s the set-up. How’d it go?
It went well, very well. Jaclyn Lee scorched the first round with a -8 round of 64 to put Ohio State in a T-4 after the first of two Sunday rounds. She was amply supported by Ale Wright’s round of 69 (-2).
Ohio State shot a team score of 282 (-6) to sit in T-4 and position themselves for a nice little tournament run.
Jaclyn Lee shot a 64 (-8) and Alex Wright a 69 (-3) to lead the Buckeyes. Adeena Shears and Niki Schroeder both shot 74 (+2) to round out the team scoring. Rio Watanabe had 75 (+3).
In Individual play, Alanis Sakuma shot a 73 (+1). A very good round for the young lady.
|Westbrook||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total|
|Alanis Sakuma (I)||73||0||0||73|
Jaclyn had probably the best 2 – 2 1/2 start that you can imagine. Beginning her round on hole #5, Jaclyn was -8 through 11 holes! My god… She had an eagle and 7 birdies
Alex didn’t slouch it around the golf course, either. Through her first six holes, she was -5, due to 3 birdies and an eagle. She was speed-bumped a bit by 2 bogeys, but those were the only blemishes on her scorecard. And, a bogey is hardly much of a blemish.
Adeena had a somewhat lively round with 3 birdies, 3 bogeys and a double. It was still a very well played round – she was really only one hole away from an even par round.
Niki had a slow start, bogeying her first two holes. She quickly got things under control with a birdie on her next hole to begin a 16 hole stretch of even par golf. It wasn’t the best of starts, but I think her experience (and skill-set) put her round in good shape in pretty short order.
Rio, as she tends to do, had an interesting round. She was even par through nine holes; so far, so good. She then jumped on the Bogey Train for five consecutive bogeys (not good) before finishing her final four holes -1 (really good). After the ride was over, Rio walked into the clubhouse with a pretty solid 75 (+3).
Alanis acquitted herself well in the opening round. She had 1 birdie and 2 bogeys for a well played round of 73. I was impressed with her 15 pars; she just didn’t make mistakes. Well done, Alanis.
Stats & Stuff
Ohio State had 51 pars, ranking them T-9th; not bad, but not that great. However, they did score 19 birdies, ranking them T-4th. If you’re going to be so-so in shooting pars, scoring a lot of birdies is a great way to compensate. Well done, Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 3.15, +3 to par. They played the par-4s to 4.10, +5 to par. They played the par-5s to 4.40, -12 to par. When you play the par-4s pretty well, then play the par-5s almost as well as the par-4s, you are really doing something right.
Below is a frequency table of how the Buckeyes scored, such as number of birdies, number of pars, etc…
This is about as good of a picture that you can expect to see. A substantial number of sub-par holes, a lot of stabilizing pars and a minimal number of ‘oops’ holes. This was a well played, well controlled round of team golf.
This was an extraordinarily good start for this team. To be honest, I don’t necessarily expect a second round of -7, but who knows? The fact that all, as in every single player, played well, means this could be a very interesting tournament for the Buckeyes.
Round 2 is later. I’ll have recap on Monday. Day 2 is Monday. Please stop back for 3rd round and tournament recap, possibly Tuesday.