(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. Here is tournament information and recap of the first two rounds. As a refresher, here is Ohio State’s lineup.
On to round 3, Monday morning.
Ohio State overtook Nebraska but fell one shot short of tying Oklahoma to finish 2nd in the Westbrook Spring Invitational. Ohio State was (again) led by Jaclyn Lee who (again) shot a 64 (-8). Jaclyn’s three round score of 197 (-19) earned her medalist honors. What. a. tournament.
Ohio State’s final round of 281 (-7) gave them a three round score of 281-278-281 – 840 to finish a stroke behind winner, Oklahoma.
In the final round, Jaclyn Lee 64 (-8) and Adeena Shears 70 (-2) broke par. Rio Watanabe 73 (+1) and Alex Wright 74 (+2) rounded out team scoring while Niki Schroeder had 77 (+5).
In Individual play, Alanis Sakuma shot a 72 (E).
Overall, Jaclyn’s score of 197 earned her 1st place in the 86 player field. Adeena’s 211 placed her T-9th, Alex’s 213 placed her T-20th, Alanis’ 216 placed her T-33rd, Niki’s 223 placed her T-63rd and Rio’s 227 placed her 77th.
|Westbrook||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total||To Par|
|Alanis Sakuma (I)||73||71||72||216||0|
Jaclyn began her round on the 1st hole with a par, then mugged the front nine with four birdies to make the turn at -4. On the back nine, Jaclyn was -2 through 7 holes before birdieing her last two holes of the round for her 64. Her birdie-birdie finish gave Jaclyn her second 64 of the tournament and earned her medalist honors. This was an extremely impressive three round performance.
Alex began her round on the 1st hole with a par scored eight more to make the turn at even par. The back nine was not as calm; Alex went bogey-bogey, birdie-birdie, bogey-bogey for a back nine of +2. Altogether, a fine final round. And a really good tournament.
Adeena began her round on the 2nd hole with a par and made the turn at -2. Things got a bit interesting at that point. Adeena played the next eight holes scoring only one par; she had 3 bogeys and four birdies. That’s a ‘colorful’ scorecard. More on her round below in Comments.
Niki began her round on the 3rd hole with a par and was even until she doubled #5 and slipped a bit with three consecutive bogeys on #11 – #13. She did put together 14 pars and only really had the one slip up on #5. This wasn’t far off from what she wanted.
Rio began her round on the 4th hole with a par then matched birdie-bogey on holes #6-#7, #12-#13 and #15-#16. After not being able to get anything going in her 2nd round, it was encouraging to see some birdies fall for Rio.
Alanis started her round on the 18th hole with a par and with birdies on #2 and #8 was at -2 through 11 holes. Two late bogeys brought Alanis back to level par for the and… and for the tournament. If I were Alanis and the coaching staff, I’d be very optimistic about the rest of the season.
Stats & Stuff
Ohio State had 55 pars, ranking them T-12th. They had 19 birdies (T-1st). They had no eagles. The way it turned out, even one would have helped…
The Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 3.00, even par. They played the par-4s to 4.04, +2 to par. They played the par-5s to 4.80, -4 to par.
For the tournament, Ohio State was 2nd in par-3 scoring, T-10th in par-4 scoring and 1st in par-5 scoring. With none of the par-3s being that long, it indicated to me that their short game and putting were operating at a very high level.
Below is a frequency table of how the Buckeyes scored, such as number of birdies, number of pars, etc…
Again, 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 single ‘oops’ hole that had no bearing on the outcome. What a performance by the Buckeyes. There were program bests (twice) and a couple personal bests. Whatever practice routine coaches Hession and Snyder put together for the week, it worked.
I have a bit on Adeena’s final stretch. She came to her final hole needing a par to put Ohio State into a tie with Oklahoma. She may not have known it, depending on course scoring updates and communications. The #1 hole is 378 yard par-4 and played to an average of 4.04, so this was a pretty big reach. Alas, she bogeyed the hole.
As I’m watching this unfold (BirdieFire!) I felt bad for her. On the other hand, Adeena finished the tournament -5, including a career best 67, so if it weren’t for her earlier play, the Buckeyes may not have been in that good a position that late in the tournament.
I thought this final round set up well for Ohio State. They were coming off a Monday where program and personal bests were achieved, so confidence level had to be pretty high. They were paired with the first and second place teams; so you have your opponents right where you want them – on the course with you. If you are the chase-er you want the chase-ee right there.
Let’s see if the team can build off this performance. This was a solid, all around team effort. It has to be heartening to the players that they payed this well and to the coaches to watch this unfold on-course.
The Buckeyes return to the Southwest for the Clover Classic. The dates are March 16-18 and the location is Mesa, AZ.