(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Dept, Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Birdiefire.)
The Buckeyes are back in the Southwest (Mesa, AZ) at the Clover Cup this weekend. This is a three-day, three-round event. Here is the second round recap.
I don’t have too much to say about this round. The team shot a 307 (+19) to finish at 882 (+18) to place 4th. Although the 4th place finish isn’t too bad, I think this round was not what the Buckeyes had in mind. At all. This was similar to the second round; a rough start through six holes then a comeback on holes 7 – 9. However, yesterday’s back nine “stabilization” never happened. The front nine team score of +8 morphed into a back nine of +11.
Jaclyn Lee had a team best 71 (-1). No other Buckeyes, playing as a team, came close to par. Adeena Shears shot a 78 (+6), Alex Wright and Rio Watanabe had 79’s (+7) and Niki Schroeder had an 81 (+9) to round out team play.
Jaclyn finished overall in 2nd place. Well done. Adeena finished T-18th, Alex T-37th, Niki T-42nd, Rio T-48th and Alanis is 74th.
In Individual play, Alanis Sakuma shot a much improved 75 (+3). Well done, Alanis.
|Clover Cup||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total||To Par|
|Alanis Sakuma (I)||88||83||75||246||30|
Jaclyn was +2 through four holes then birdied #8 and #9 to make the turn at 36 (E). On her back nine, Jacklyn had 4 pars, 2 bogeys and 2 birdies through eight holes. A birdie on her final hole gave Jaclyn a back nine of 35 (-1) and a round of 71 (-1). Jaclyn’s 5 birdies were the most in the final round by any Buckeye.
Alex was +2 through six holes then parred out to make the turn at 38 (+2). Alex kept up the pace on her back nine – +2 through eight holes. However, a triple bogey on the closing par-5 put a damper on her round. Alex signed for a 79 (+7). She had one birdie on the day.
Adeena birdied hole #8 to get to +3 on her opening round, but a double bogey on #9 put her at 41 (+5) at the turn. A birdie on #15 helped clean up her back nine as she shot a solid 37 (+1) and a round of 78 (+6). Adeena had 2 birdies in the round.
Rio was +3 through seven holes before birdieing #8 and #9 for a well played 37 (+1). However, her back nine went sideways as she shot a 42 (+6) and a round of 79 (+7). Rio had 2 birdies.
Niki had an interesting round; not a good round, but an interesting round. She was +6 through 4 holes, then played the next five holes in -2 (birdies on #8 and #9) to make the turn at 40 (+4). She had 5 pars on the back nine, but shot a 41 9+5) for a round of 81 (+9). Niki had 2 birdies.
Alanis had a “stretchy” round. She opened play with a stretch of four consecutive pars. Then came a stretch of four consecutive bogeys. Next came a short stretch of back-to-back birdies. Then, a stretch of four pars, a bogey, then three pars to finish her round at a well played 75 (+3). Of note; she and Jaclyn were the only Buckeyes to avoid a double or triple bogey. Alanis had 2 birdies.
Stats & Stuff
Ohio State had 48 pars, ranking them T-8th. They had 12 birdies, ranking them T-4th.
The Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 3.15 (+3) to par. They played the par-4s to 4.42, (+21) to par. They played the par-5s to 5.20, (+4) to par.
Below is a frequency table of how the Buckeyes scored, such as number of birdies, number of pars, etc…
Not much to say. The 3rd round was not sharp. Identify why the bad holes were the way they were, learn from it and move on to the next event.
This was disappointing to me. On the athletic department recap, mention was made of “difficult playing conditions”. The average score for the field in the third round was less than one stroke higher than the first round. Whatever conditions there may have been would have affected everyone.
I wasn’t sure they could out-shoot Arizona State, so a 2nd place finish would have been okay. I’d have preferred a win, but… I did not see Oklahoma outplaying OSU by 15 strokes nor Kentucky outplaying us by 12 strokes to pass OSU in the standings.
At least the coaching staff, and players, have the long flight back from Mesa to Columbus to do an autopsy and come up with corrective solutions.
The Buckeyes head to Sunset, SC for the Clemson Invitational. The tournament is scheduled from March 23 – 25.