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

The Buckeyes come off a strong showing at the Clover Cup and hope to maintain momentum this weekend at the Clemson Invitational. This is a three round event conducted March 23 – 25 in Sunset, SC.

Here is tournament background and first round recap. Time to get on with 2nd round recap…

As a reminder,, here is Ohio State’s lineup:

The Buckeyes

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

This is the same lineup that teed it up with success the last two tournaments. This week, Sofia replaces Alanis in Individual play.

The team participants teed off from hole #1 beginning at 10:00.Everyone tees off sequentially from hole #1. Alex is first off with a 10:00 tee time followed by Jaclyn – 10:09, Adeena – 10:19, Rio – 10:27 and Niki – 10:36. Sofia teed off on hole #10 at 8:39.

That’s the set-up. How’d it go?

Recap:

The Buckeyes put together another solid team performance to go under par for a second consecutive round with a team score of 286 (-2). Their two round score of 566 (-10) has Ohio State in 4th place after two rounds. They re five strokes behind 3rd place Michigan State and 7 strokes in front of Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.

Niki Schroeder and Adeena Shears led the Buckeyes with 71’s (-1) and Rio Watanabe and Alex Wright contributed 72’s (E) to the team score.  Jaclyn Lee had a 74 (+2) to wrap up Buckeyes team play.

In individual play, Sofia Seldemirova shot a second consecutive 76 (+4).

After two rounds, Niki is T-10th, Rio and Adeena are T-15th, Jaclyn is T-35th, Alex is T-42nd and Sofia is T-67th.

Buckeye Scores

Clemson Invitational Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
Team 280 286 0 566
Jaclyn Lee 72 74 0 146
Adeena Shears 70 71 0 141
Alex Wright 75 72 0 147
Niki Schroeder 69 71 0 140
Rio Watanabe 69 72 0 141
Sofia Seldemirova (I) 76 76 0 152
-8 -2 0 -10

 

Jaclyn
Jaclyn opened with for consecutive pars before running into some trouble on the next two holes, playing them in +3.  She parred out her remaining three holes and made the turn at 39 (+3). Jaclyn picked up some momentum with consecutive birdies on #10 and #11 and then played par golf until a closing bogey gave her a back nine of 35 (-1) and a round of 74 (+2). Jaclyn had 2 birdies in the round.

 

 

Alex
Alex opened birdie-bogey, then strung together seven consecutive pars to make the turn at 36 (E). On her back nine, Alex had a birdie and a bogey in the first four holes, then parred her remaining holes for a back nine of 36 (E( and a round of 72 (E). Alex had 2 birdies in the round.

Adeena
Adeena again torched the front nine. She opened with three pars, ran in two birdies, then finished with four pars for a front nine of 34 (-2). (If Adeena could play the front nine over and over, this tournament would be a lock for Ohio State). Her back nine got a bit adventuresome, though. After an opening par, Adeena had a six hole stretch she played in +1 with no pars. She did par the last two holes for a back nine of 37 (+1) and a round of 71 (-1). Adeena led Ohio State with 5 birdies in the round.

Rio
Rio opened with a birdie and a par through six holes to sit at even, then parred her next three holes to make the turn at 36 (E). She then parred every hole on the back nine for another 36 (E) and a round of, yep, 72 (E). In 36 holes of play, Rio has 30 pars.  That is an astounding measurement of consistent performance. Rio had 1 birdie in her round.

Niki
Niki opened with four consecutive pars, birdied the par-5 5th hole, then closed with four pars for an apparently low stress 35 (-1) on her front nine. Niki stumbled with a double bogey at the par-4 10th hole, but got those strokes back with back-to-back birdies on #14 – #15 for a back nine of 36 (E) and a round of 71 (-1).

Sofia (I)
Sofia began her round well enough with three consecutive pars. She ran into a speed bump over the next thee holes, playing them in +4. A bogey on #18 got her to the turn at 41 (+5). On her back nine, Sofia was +1 through two holes, then apparently decided she’d had enough of this nonsense. Sofia birdied 2 of her remaining seven holes for a back nine of 35 (-1) and a round of 76 (+4). The sub-par back nine was a nice turn around for her. Sofia had 2 birdies in the round.

 

Stats & Stuff

Ohio State had 67 pars. Their two round total of 128 rank them 2nd. They had 13 birdies. Their two round total of 29 rank them 7th. No team had an eagle in the 2nd round, so their “Rio eagle” has them  tied them with three other teams for 1st.

In the second round, the Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 2.95, -1 to par. They played the par-4s to 4.08, +4 to par. They played the par-5s to 4.85, -3 to par. Overall, I think they played the holes the way they needed to play them. Another solid round of team golf.

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 16 61 11 1 0
2 0 13 67 7 3 0
3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 29 128 18 4 0

The number of strokes “lost” to over par holes was the same in the first and the second round – 13 strokes. The difference in score between the rounds was more a case that birdie puts that dropped in the first round didn’t in the second.

Comments

This was a good follow up round for Ohio State. At one point, they were tied for 2nd place, but, along with some other teams, drifted back a bit on the back nine. Every player was within a fairly close spread of scores; this was another round where the layers backed one another up with their consistent play.

Up Next

The 3rd and final round is Sunday. Sofia tees off at 8:00 on hole #10. The team begins teeing off at 8:5 beginning with Alex. Then Jaclyn – 8:54, Rio  9:03, Adeena – 9:12 and Niki – 9:21. They will be paired with Vanderbilt and Wisconsin. I’ll have recap later Sunday or Monday.  Please stop back for recap.

Go Buckeyes!