(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 round. As a refresher, here is Ohio State’s lineup.
On to round 2, Sunday afternoon.
As good as the opening round was (-7), which was very good, the 2nd round was even better. It was -10 to par. In fact, it was a record setting day. Adeena Shears (65) and Alanis Sakuma (71) all had career lows in the second round. Combined with Jaclyn Lee’s program-best (64) and Alex Wright’s career low (69) in the opening round and it was quite a day for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State shot rounds of 281-278 – 559 to finish a long day at -17 and in third place. They trail Oklahoma by 1 stroke and Nebraska by 3 strokes,
In the second round, Adeena Shears 67 (-5), Jaclyn Lee (69) and Alex Wright (70) all shot sub-par rounds to lead Ohio State. Niki Schroeder’s 72 (E) rounded out team scoring while Rio Watanabe had 79 (+7).
In Individual play, Alanis Sakuma shot a 71 (-1). Another very good round for Alanis.
In the 86 player field, after two rounds; Jaclyn is in 3rd place, Alex T-6, Adeena T-12, Alanis T-36, Niki T-48 and Rio 81st.
|Westbrook||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total|
|Alanis Sakuma (I)||73||71||0||144|
Jaclyn began her round on the 4th hole with a par, followed by an eagle on her next hole. She was even par through seven holes, birdied 3 of her next 5 holes, then played her next six holes in even par for her 69.
Alex began her round on the 5th hole with a par and was even par through twelve holes of play. An eagle on the 17th hole got her to -2 for the round and she parred out her remaining five holes for her round of 70.
Adeena began her round on the 6th hole with a par. She went back-to-back birdies on holes #9 and #10, then birdied three of her remaining twelve holes for her career best 67. I’d also like to point out hat Adeena had no scores higher than par. Can’t play a round any cleaner than Adeena did.
Niki began her round on the 6th hole with a par. She was +2 through eight holes before birdieing #14 and #17 to pull back even. She closed with birdie-bogey and 2 pars for a solid even par round.
Rio began her round on the 7th hole with a par. She just couldn’t get anything going this round and marked down 7 bogeys for her 79. The good news is that Rio had 11 pars – no score was higher than a bogey. This score composition tells me that although her game was just off, comparatively speaking, it wasn’t off by much.
Alanis started her round on the 18th hole with a par and was even par through nine holes of play. A bogey on hole #9 pushed her into black numbers, but birdies on #11 and #14 got Alanis back into red numbers and a career best 71.
Stats & Stuff
Ohio State had 61 pars, ranking them T-4th. They had 13 birdies (T-11) and 2 eagles (T-1). This is the second consecutive round where Ohio State has carded two eagles.
The Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 2.85, -3 to par. They played the par-4s to 4.18, +9 to par. They played the par-5s to 4.55, -9 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. And this is the second consecutive round they’ve done this.
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 absolutely no ‘oops’ holes. An absolutely clean team scorecard. This was another well controlled round of team golf.
This was an extraordinarily good start for this team. To have program and personal bests occur in two rounds in a single day is approaching ‘Golf in The Kingdom’ level of golf.
Round 3 is later. Please stop back for 3rd round and tournament recap.