(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. Here is the event set-up and first round recap.


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).

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


Pars were few and far between and Ohio State worked through a rocky start to their round to hold onto the lead through two rounds of play. Ohio State shot a 289 (+1) for a two day total of 575 (-1) to co-lead with Arizona State. Jaclyn Lee led the Buckeyes with a 7 birdie performance and a 67 (-5).

Jaclyn Lee had a team best 69 (-3) followed by Adeena Shears with a 72 ( E).  Alex Wright had a 74 (+2) and Rio Watanabe also a 74 (+2) to round out the team scoring. First round medalist Niki Schroeder had an 81 (+9) to complete Buckeye team play.

Through two rounds, Jaclyn is now the medalist of the 87 players. Adeena is T-12th, Niki and Alex are T-20th, Rio is T-42nd and Alanis is 84th.

In Individual play, Alanis Sakuma shot an 83 (+11).

Buckeye Scores

Clover Cup Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
Team 286 289 0 575
Jaclyn Lee 72 69 0 141
Adeena Shears 73 72 0 145
Alex Wright 74 74 0 148
Niki Schroeder 67 81 0 148
Rio Watanabe 78 74 0 152
Alanis Sakuma (I) 88 83 0 171
-2 1 0 -1

Jaclyn opened with a par, had back-to-back birdies, then closed her front nine with another pair of birdies to make the turn in 33 (-3).  Her back nine was three pars, three bogeys and a three hole birdie stretch, holes #12 – #15, for a back nine of 36 (E) and a round of 69 (-3). Jaclyn led the Buckeyes with 7 birdies for the round.

Alex opened with a par, then a bogey and two birdies later, made the turn at 35 (-1). On her back nine, Alex speed-bumped through a handful of bogeys but birdied her final hole (always a nice way to end a round) for her second consecutive round of 74 (+2).

Adeena opened with a double bogey (ugh) and was +4 through five holes; not the best of starts. Over the next thirteen holes, Adeena reeled off 5 birdies to finish her round at 74 (E). This was quite a surge, and it was much needed.

Rio opened with a par before scoring everything from an eagle to a triple bogey for a breathtaking front nine of 38 (+2). She settled in on her back nine with a solid 5 par, 2 birdie, 2 bogey performance for an even par 36 to close out her round.

Niki opened with a par, then the round got adventuresome. Her front nine was littered with anything from birdies to double bogeys and she made the turn at 40 (+4). Unfortunately, thins didn’t improve on the back nine with triple bogeys on the two par-5s. Niki did record two more birdies to help her cause.

Alanis (I)
Alanis had a tough start, going +4 through three holes. She got things under control with 6 consecutive pars to make the turn at 40 (+4), her best nine hole performance this week. Her game went sideways a bit through six holes on her back nine, but she closed with three consecutive pars to end the round on a good note.

Stats & Stuff

Ohio State had 42 pars, ranking them 16th. They had 22 birdies, ranking them 2nd. Their 1 eagle (Rio, again!) tied them with five other teams for 2nd. Through two rounds, their 36 birdies lead the field.

The Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 2.90 (-2) to par. This was nine strokes better than their opening round. They played the par-4s to 4.20, (+10) to par, seven strokes worse. They played the par-5s to 5.10, (+2) to par, eight strokes worse. So, overall, in the second round, they played the par-3s better, the par-4s about the same and the par-5s worse.

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 1 22 42 19 3 3
3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 2 36 99 35 5 3

This was an interesting round, a lot of “variance” in scoring. Although the total team scores from day one to day two were about the same, day two was much more erratic. If you look at the narrow “birdie-par-bogey” range, the Buckeyes did much better in round two, The problem was when things went bad, they went really bad with 2x and 3x bogey holes.

In the first round Ohio State “lost” 4 strokes to 2x and 3x holes. In the second round, it was 15 strokes. That’s quite a difference to make up.

This was a pretty gutsy performance by Ohio State. They got off to a terrible start: through six holes, their team score (best 4 of 5 scores) was +8 to par. They had lost the lead and this round could have gotten really ugly. ‘Flip’, the switch went on and they played the remaining three holes on the front side in -8 to get back to even for the day! The team came together on their back nine to shoot a +1 to maintain a share of the lead heading into the final round.

Up Next

The third and final round is Sunday. I’ll have recap on Monday.  Please stop back for recap.

Go Buckeyes!