(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Dept, Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Birdiefire.)

The Buckeyes re back in the Southwest (Mesa, AZ) at the Clover Cup this weekend. This is a three-day, three-round event.

The Course

The course, Longbow Golf Club was set up at 6,184 yards long and played to a par of 72.

The Format

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 Field

The 16 team field includes 2 teams rated in the Golfstat Top-25 rankings. The contestants are:

#8 Arizona State, Cincinnati, Delaware, FIU, IUPUI, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, #15 Oklahoma, TCU, Texas State, Toledo, UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro

The Buckeyes

1. Jaclyn Lee | Jr.
2. Adeena Shears | So.
3. Alex Wright| So.
4. Niki Schroeder | Jr.
5. Rio Watanabe | Sr.
Ind. Alanis Sakuma | Fr.

This is the same lineup that teed it up for the Westbrook Spring Invitational. Ohio State finished 2nd in that event and Jaclyn Lee had two rounds each of 64 (-8). If it ain’t broke…..

The Buckeyes began team play on hole #1. Alanis began Individual play on hole #10. That’s the set-up. How’d it go?


It went well, very well. With the same they fielded in the Westbrook Spring Invitational, Ohio State shot a 286 (-2) to take a one stroke lead over Arizona State after the first round. Niki Schroeder ran the field with a career best 67, that featured 6 consecutive birdies! Niki currently is event medalist after eighteen holes. .

Niki Schroeder shot a career low 67 (-5) and Jaclyn Lee a 72 (E) to lead the Buckeyes. Adeena Shears had a 73 (+1) and Alex Wright a 74 (+2) to round out the team scoring. Rio Watanabe had 75 (+3) to complete Buckeye team play.

In Individual play, Alanis Sakuma shot an 88 (+16). It was just “one of those rounds”.

Buckeye Scores

Clover Cup Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
Team 286 0 0 286
Jaclyn Lee 72 0 0 72
Adeena Shears 73 0 0 73
Alex Wright 74 0 0 74
Niki Schroeder 67 0 0 67
Rio Watanabe 78 0 0 78
Alanis Sakuma (I) 88 0 0 88
-2 0 0 -2

Jaclyn opened with 9 consecutive pars to make the turn at 36 (E). She opened back nine scoring with a birdie on #10 and ended with a birdie on hole #18.  Between the bookend holes, she had 2 bogeys and 5 pars for an even par back nine and a round of 72 (E).

Alex opened with a par, then followed with bogeys on #2 and #7 for a solid front nine of 38 (+2). She played the back nine in even par 36 with 2 birdies and 2 bogeys. A decently played front nine and a well played back nine. That’s a good day of golf.

Adeena opened with a birdie (always a great start!) then bogeyed three of the remaining eight holes to make the turn at 38 (+2). Through five holes on the back side, Adeena was even par, then a birdie on #15 , followed by three consecutive pars earned her a back nine of 35 (-1) and a round of 73 (+1).

Rio opened with two pars before stumbling with 3 bogeys in her next five holes to be +3 through eight holes. Things brightened quite a bit with an eagle 3 on the par-5 9th hole to make the turn at 37 (+1). Things became a little unglued on the back nine for Rio with a brace of bogeys and double bogeys, along with a birdie. Her back nine of 41 (+5) got her into the clubhouse with a 78 (+6).

Niki opened with a bogey and was +1 through eight holes.  It didn’t stay that way for long. A birdie on the par-5 #9 hole got her to 36 (E) at the turn. Niki then reeled off 5 consecutive birdies (6 in total) for an incredible a back nine of 31 (-5) and a career best of 67!

Alanis (I)
Alanis had, well, she had “one of those rounds”. She opened play on hole #10 but her game was still somewhere on the practice range. I’ve had rounds like this, too. At some point, probably about mid-round, you know that it’s not your day. You then finish the round by trying to work on fundamentals; set-up, alignment, tempo/rhythm/timing, etc. When you finish your round, you put it behind you and tee it up the next day.


Stats & Stuff

Ohio State had 57 pars, ranking them 3rd. They had 14 birdies, ranking them 3rd. Their 1 eagle (Rio!) tied them with three other teams for 2nd.

The Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 3.35, +7 to par. They played the par-4s to 4.06, +3 to par. They played the par-5s to 4.70, -6 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…

Round Eagle Birdie Par Bogey 2X 3X
1 1 14 57 16 2 0
2 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 14 57 16 2 0


This was a well played opening round of team golf. The Buckeyes were among the leaders in pars and birdies and even tossed in an eagle. They did a nice job of managing their games to minimize the number of ‘oops’ holes that can really undo good play.

This was the 2nd consecutive round, two different events/courses, where the Buckeyes excelled in par-4 scoring. You’d expect the team to play the “scoring” holes, par-3s and par-5s pretty well. The ability to play the par-4s (which comprise 10 of the 18 holes) well is a bonus. This tells me that all facets of their games are going well; driving, iron play, chipping and putting.

Up Next

Round 2 is today. I’ll have recap on Sunday.  Please stop back for recap.

Go Buckeyes!