(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.

The Course

The course, The Reserve at Lake Keowee was set up at 6,260 yards long and played to a par of 72.

The Format

This is the typical “play 5, count 4” format. Teams can also enter a player to play as an Individual.

The Field

The 15 team field includes 2 teams rated in the Golfstat Top-25 rankings. The contestants are:

Clemson, Florida State, No. 7 Furman, Harvard, Indiana, No. 11 Michigan State, Ohio State, No. 15 Oklahoma, No. 21 Purdue, Tennessee, Tulane, Texas A&M, UNC-Wilmington, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin

 

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.

Everyone tees off sequentially from hole #1. Sofia tees off at 10:39 followed by Rio – 11:33, Niki – 11:42, Alex – 11:51, Adeena – 12:00 and Jaclyn – 12:09.

That’s the set-up. How’d it go?

Recap:

It went well, very well. Ohio State shot a 280 (-8) to sit in 3rd place, 3 strokes behind Furman and Michigan State (-11). They are 3 strokes in front of host Clemson. Niki Schroeder had 5 birdies and Rio Watanabe 2 birdies and an eagle.

Niki Schroeder and Rio Watanabe led the Buckeyes with 69’s (-3) and Adeena Shears followed with a 70 (-2). Jaclyn Lee closed out team scoring with a 72 (E) and Alex Wright (75 +3) wrapped up Buckeyes team play.

After this round, Niki and Rio are T-6th in the 84 player field. Adeena is T-10th, Jaclyn is T-23rd, Alex is T-54 and Sofia is T-61st.

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

Buckeye Scores

Clemson Invitational Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
Team 280 0 0 280
Jaclyn Lee 72 0 0 72
Adeena Shears 70 0 0 70
Alex Wright 75 0 0 75
Niki Schroeder 69 0 0 69
Rio Watanabe 69 0 0 69
Sofia Seldemirova (I) 76 76
-8 0 0 -8

 

Jaclyn
Jaclyn opened with 5 consecutive pars, then played the next four holes in -1 to make the turn at 35 (-1).  On her back nine, Jaclyn mixed in 2 bogies and a birdie for a 37 (+1) fora round of 73 (E). Jaclyn had 3 birdies in the round.

Alex
Alex opened with a bogey, then mixed in a birdie an bogey and a double bogey on the 9th hole to make the turn at 39 (+3). She regained her footing with a back nine that included 2 birdies and 2 bogeys for 36 (E) and a round of 75 (+3). Alex had 3 birdies in the round.

Adeena
Adeena was en fuego in her front nine. Her 3 birdies and 6 pars got er to the turn at 33 (-3). Her back nine consisted of 8 pars and 1 bogey, coming at the par-3 12th hole. This hole was the toughest rated hole in the round, so scoring a bogey was not the worst thing that could have happened. Adeena shot a round of 70 (-2). She had 3 birdies in the round.

Rio
Rio opened with 5 pars before holing out an approach shot for an eagle on the 340 yard par-4 6th hole. She made the turn at 34 (-2). Rio was +1 through four holes on her back nine before playing her remaining holes in -2 for a back nine of 35 (-1) and a round of 69 (-3). Rio had an eagle and 2 birdies in her round.

Niki
Niki opened with a birdie (always a good start) then had 2 pars, 2 birdies, 2 pars and 2 bogeys for a front nine of 35 (-1). In her back nine, Niki had 7 pars and 2 birdies, including one on the 18th hole (always a good finish) for a nine of 34 (-2) and a round of 69 (-3).

Sofia (I)
Sofia mixed a birdie and 3 bogeys for a good front nine of 38 (+2) and played the back nine in 7 pars and 2 bogeys for 38 (+2), which got her into the clubhouse at 76 (+4). This was a nice, well balanced round; a birdie, and a handful of bogeys and a lot of pars. Sofia had 1 birdie in the round.

 

Stats & Stuff

Ohio State had 61 pars, ranking them T-4th. They had 16 birdies, ranking them 4th. Their 1 eagle (Rio!) tied them with three other teams for 1st.

The Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 2.85, -3 to par. They played the par-4s to 4.00, even par. They played the par-5s to 4.90, -2 to par. This was an extraordinary day. They played the “scoring holes”, par-3s and par-5s under par and the par-4s to even par. Well done.

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 0 0 0 0 0
3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 16 61 11 1 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.


Comments

This was a great round for Ohio State. There was really no weakness in opening round play. I thought this was encouraging because for the second consecutive event, Niki has played lights out. (She had a career best 67 in last week’s opening round). Rio has a habit of hitting some extraordinary shots and she did it again on Friday.  Look, if your leading player, Jaclyn, barely contributes to the team score with a round of even par, this team, from #1 through #5 is playing very well.

Up Next

Round 2 is Saturday. Sofia tees off at 8:39 and the team begins teeing off at 10:00. They will be paired with leaders Furman and Michigan State. This is a perfect pairing for the Buckeyes; you want to play with, and put pressure n the teams that you need to catch. I’ll have recap later Saturday or on Sunday.  Please stop back for recap.

Go Buckeyes!