(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 link to 2nd round recap.
As a reminder,, here is Ohio State’s lineup:
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?
In dicey weather conditions with temperatures in the low-mid 40’s and a “one club” wind coming out of the East, the Buckeyes struggled with almost every other team on the course on Sunday. Their final round of 298 (+10) gave them a tournament score of 864 (E) and placed them in 5th position. There were a few good rounds on the course, but not many. The average score for the field of 75.4 was 2,5 strokes higher than Saturday’s round. Of the 15 teams, only three broke par for the day. It was pretty tough sledding.
Niki Schroeder and Adeena Shears again led the Buckeyes with 72’s (E) and Jaclyn Lee chipped in, so to speak, a 74 (+2). Rio Watanabe’s 80 (+8) contributed to the team score. Alex Wright had an 89 (+17) to wrap up Buckeyes team play.
In individual play, Sofia Seldemirova shot an 81 (+9).
For the tournament, Niki finished T-12th, Adeena T-15th, Jaclyn T-39th, Rio T-44th, Sofia T-72nd and Alex T-79th.
|Clemson Invitational||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total|
|Sofia Seldemirova (I)||76||76||81||233|
Jaclyn was +2 through three holes, then settled in with 2 birdies and 2 bogeys over her next 15 holes to shoot a round of 74 (+2). She had 37 (+1) on each of her nines, so her play was very consistent, and in the weather, very good. Jaclyn had 2 birdies in the round.
I guess the good news is that she parred the last hole to break 90. The bad news is that she had to par the last hole to break 90. As long as she didn’t lose any club head covers and made the flight back to Columbus, it probably wasn’t that bad of a day. Alex had no birdies in the round.
Adeena again played the front nine very well. She carded nine consecutive pars to make the turn at 36 (E). She mixed in 2 birdies, 2 bogeys and 5 oars on her back nine to shoot a 36 (E) and a solid round of 72 (E). Adeena had 2 birdies in the round.
Rio opened with two pars, then got speed-bumped with double bogeys on #5 – #6, but still made the turn at 41 (+5), All considering, that’s not a bad score. She had an exciting stretch on her back nine, holes #10 – #14, where she was +3. She closed very well with four consecutive pars for a back nine of 39 (+3) and a round of 80 (+8). Rio had 1 birdie in her round.
Niki completely mastered the front nine with 2 birdies and 7 pars to make the turn at 34 (-2), She birdied #11 to get to -3 for the round, but three bogeys gave her a back nine of 38 (+2) and a round of 72 (E). Make no mistake, in cool, breezy conditions, that was one hell of a front nine. Niki led the Buckeyes with 3 birdies.
Sofia began her round with a bogey, then scored four more to make the turn at #18 at 41 (+5). On her back nine, she interspersed 4 bogeys with 5 pars for a 40 (+4) and a round of 81 (+9). She managed to get around the course with nothing higher than a bogey, so in the round four scheme of things, not a bad effort at all. Sofia had no birdies in the round.
Stats & Stuff
Ohio State had 58 pars in the final round. Their three round total of 186 rank them 1st. On Sunday, they had 8 13 birdies, giving them 37 for the tournament, ranking them 9th.. Their two round total of 29 rank them 7th. No team had an eagle in this round either, so Rio’s eagle from the first round has them tied them with three other teams for 1st.
In the final round round, the Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 3.35, +7 to par. They played the par-4s to 4.20, +10 to par. They played the par-5s to 5.45, +9 to par.
Below is a frequency table of how the Buckeyes scored, such as number of birdies, number of pars, etc…
This was a tough round for the competitors in sketchy conditions. Honestly, the 10 mph wind should not have been a big deal; you’re aware of it at the start of the round and you adjust your club selection and aim-points accordingly. The issue is temperature. The ball is a bit harder to compress, yardages fluctuate and perhaps feeling in your hands are affected.
The Buckeyes will get a couple weeks off to digest their Easter candy, then get down to business by hosting the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational April 14th – 15th. My taxes are done, so I’ll be able to focus on OSUWG that weekend.