(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Dept, Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat.com)
Edit: Due to inclement weather, Sunday’s final round has been cancelled, so the Saturday results are the final results.
Up Next: The Buckeyes travel to Cincinnati this weekend (April 20th – April 24th) for the Big Ten Championship. The tournament is at TPC Riverbend.
The Buckeyes returned home from the Clemson Invitational to hist their own invitational this weekend: The Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational. This is a two day, three round event scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15. Two rounds, 36 holes are scheduled for Saturday and the final 18 holes on Sunday.
The course, The Scarlet Course at the OSU Golf Club was set up at 6,319 yards long and played to a par of 72.
This is a bit different; it’s “play 6, count 4” format. Teams can also enter a player to play as an Individual. I like this since it allows you to get an additional player in competition.
The 14 team field includes 2 teams rated in the Golfstat Top-25 rankings. The contestants are:
Illinois, Indiana, Indianapolis, No. 16 Kent State, Maryland, No. 12 Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Oregon State, Penn State, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Toledo, No. 15 Washington.
This has been the ongoing standard ‘play 5, count 4’ lineup recently. The change is that Sofia slides into the #6 team position and Alanis takes over as Individual.
This was the scheduled lineup. Actually, Sofia was a ‘scratch’ and the 6th team position was filled by Alanis.
That’s the set-up. How’d it go?
Saturday was a long day. Weather conditions were somewhat temperate, but windy and wet. Aside from that, Ohio States had a pretty fair opening day. As mentioned above, there was a There was a lineup change where Sofia did not participate, allowing Alanis to step into the #6 position.
The Buckeyes finished the first day, 36 holes, in 7th position, with a team score of 598, 22 to par. In the morning round, Ohio State shot a team score of 300, +12 to par, placing them in 6th position, 1 stroke behind Maryland and 1 stroke ahead of Oregon State. In the afternoon round, pretty much replicated their morning scores to shoot a 298 (+10).
So, the Buckeyes are in 7th place after two rounds. At +22, they can easily catch 5th pace Oregon State (+20). If things really break right, they could catch 4th place Washington (+17), or conceivably 3rd Michigan State (+16). Ohio State’s afternoon score of 298 was T-4th best of the afternoon, so maybe they Buckeyes can ride some good play / momentum into Sunday’s final round.
Jaclyn Lee led the first day efforts with scores of 74-74-148. Niki Schroeder followed with a 74-75-149. Alanis Sakuma 77-73-150 and Rio Watanabe 75-76-151 wrapped up the team scoring. Adeena Shears shot a 79-79-158 and Alex Wright an 80-81-161 to wrap up Buckeyes team play.
After Saturday’s play, Jaclyn is T-13th in the 86 player field. Niki is T-20th, Alanis is T-25th, Rio is T-27th, Adeena is T-61st and Alex is T-72nd.
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Niki opened her morning round with a birdie (always a good start) then finished her front nine at 35 (-1). Her back nine of 39 (+3) got her to the clubhouse with a 74 (+2). She had two birdies that were offset by a double bogey on #10, but otherwise put together a well played round. Niki had 2 birdies in her morning round.
In her afternoon round, had 3 birdies and 4 bogeys on her front nine to turn at 37 (+1) and a birdie and 3 bogeys on her back nine for a 38 (+2) and a round of 75 (+3). Her four birdies led the Buckeyes in the afternoon round.
Adeena opened her morning round on the “bogey train”. She bogeyed her first four holes and six in total to make the turn at 42 (+6). This continued on the back nine, as she bogeyed three of four holes to sit at +9 through 13 holes. Adeena turned her round around with back-to-back birdies on holes #14 -#15, then closed with three straight pars for a back nine of 37 (+1) and a round of 79 (+7). Adeena had 2 birdies in her morning round.
In her afternoon round, Adeena had a 38 (+2) on her front nine and a 41 (+5) on her back nine for a round of 79 (+7). She dramatically cut down on bogeys from her morning round, nine to four, but a couple double bogeys bumped her score up a bit. Adeena had 1 birdie in the afternoon round.
Jaclyn’s opening round was very consistent – in a good way; she had eight pars and made the turn at 37 (+1). She had two birdies on her back nine to get back to even par through 17 holes, but a closing double bogey gave her a back nine of another 37 (+1) and a round of 74 (+2). Jaclyn had 2 birdies in her morning round.
In her afternoon round Jaclyn was even through the 5th hole but finished with a front nine of 39 (+3). Through the 13th hole, she was +1 on her back nine before back-to-back birdies on #14 – #15 and a par-out finish ended her day. She had a back nine of 35 (-1) and a round of 74 (+2). Jaclyn had 2 birdies in the round.
Rio opened play with 5 pars before bogeying the 6th hole, then parred out to make the turn at 37 (+1). She birdied #10 to get her back nine off to a great start, but two closing bogeys gave Rio a back nine of 38 (+2) and a round of 75 (+3). Rio had 1 birdie in her morning round.
In her afternoon round, Rio was +4 through six holes. Two pars and a closing birdie got her to the turn at 39 (+3). She opened the back nine with a birdie on #10, carded two bogeys then closed strongly with four consecutive pars for a back nine of 37 (+1) and a round of 76 (+4). Rio had 2 birdies in her afternoon round.
Alex opened her tournament with bogeys on two of three holes, then parred out to make the turn a 38 (+2). Unfortunately, things got a bit messy on her back nine. She did close with two consecutive pars, but carded a 42 (+6) and a round of 80 (+8). Ugh. Alex had no birdies in her morning round.
In her afternoon round. Alex was +5 through seven holes, then closed with two pars to make the turn at 41 (+5). She was *4 through four holes on her back nine, but gained her form to close with five consecutive pars for a nine of 40 (+4) and a round of 81 (+9). Alex had no birdies in the afternoon round.
Alanis got the late call to come out of the bullpen and responded well. Her opening nine was a 38 (+2) and she closed with a 39 (+3) for a round of 77 (+5). good enough to count towards team score. In a bit of trivia, Alanis did some ‘pairing in her morning round. She had two occasions where she had back-to-back bogeys and five occasons where she went back-to-back pars. Alanis had 1 birdie in her morning round.
In her afternoon round, Alanis had seven pars and two bogeys to turn at 38 (+2). She had back-to-back birdies on holes #11-#12 before stringing together 5 consecutive pars. A closing bogey on #18 gave her a back nine of 35 -1) and a round of 73 (+1). Alanis had 2 birdies in her afternoon round.
Stats & Stuff
The six Buckeyes had 130 pars. They had 20 birdies and no eagles.
The Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 3.28, +11 to par. They played the par-4s to 4.32, +32 to par. They played the par-5s to 5.10, +4 to par. I think that overall, they didn’t play the par-3s too well, were really good on the par-4s and not-to-bad on the par-5s.
Below is a frequency table of how the Buckeyes scored, such as number of birdies, number of pars, etc…
This was a well played opening round of team golf, especially considering the playing conditions. They did a nice job of managing their games to minimize the number of ‘oops’ holes that can really undo good play.
I’m sure this was all above board earlier this week…
This was a good, but trying day for the Buckeyes. Aside from what amounted to a 10-mile slog, this was an emotional endurance test. Shots weren’t going to come off as planned and scores were going to be higher than normal.
A couple things of note for specific player that stuck out to me.
- Alex and Adeena didn’t have very good days. Good thing it was ‘play 6 count 4‘.
- Rio was outstanding in playing the par-4s. In two rounds of golf (20 par-4 holes) Rio was even par on those holes. That is incredible. Well done,Rio!
- I’m not sure when Alanis was notified that she’d be competing as a team player rather than Individual, but she didn’t seem fazed by it at all. In fact her afternoon round of 73 was the low round posted by a Buckeye all day.
The final round is Sunday. I’ll have recap later Sunday or Monday. Please stop back.