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

The Buckeyes are in southwest Ohio (Maineville to be specific) at the TPC River’s Bend (to be more specific) for the Big Ten Championships. Round one is in the books. Here is Championship set-up and first round recap.

The Buckeyes

  1. Jaclyn Lee | Jr.
  2. Niki Schroeder | Jr.
  3. Adeena Shears | So.
  4. Alex Wright | So.
  5. Rio Watanabe | Sr.
  6. Alanis Sakuma | Fr.

This was the lineup for the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational.

That’s the set-up. How’d it go?

Recap:

Round 2 went very well for Ohio State, because; heir team score of 286 (-6) was the second best round of the day and with their two-total of 571, are in 3rd place. After the first round, they were 6 strokes out of the lead; now they re only 3 stokes behind. The Buckeyes paired front nine and back nine scores of 33 (-3) for their -6 total for the round. Similar to yesterday, the four players who ended up contributing to the team score played the final hole in an aggregate -3 to par. Again, that’s quite a finish.

Rio Watanabe led the second round surge with a 67 (-5), followed by Jaclyn Lee’s 68 (-4).  Alex Wright (73 (+1) and Niki Schroeder 74 (+2) rounded out he team scoring. Adeena Shears’ 76 (+4) and Alanis Sakuma’s 81 (+9) completed Buckeye play for the day.

After two rounds, Jaclyn is in 1st place among the 84 player field. Rio is T-2nd, Alex is T-20th, Niki is 55th, Adeena is 68th and Alanis is T-69th.

Buckeye Scores

B1G Championships Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total To Par
Team 289 282 0 571 283
Jaclyn Lee 66 68 0 134 -10
Niki Schroeder 79 74 0 153 9
Adeena Shears 82 76 0 158 14
Alex Wright 73 73 0 146 2
Rio Watanabe 72 67 0 139 -5
Alanis Sakuma 78 81 0 159 15
1 -6 0 -5

Jaclyn
Jaclyn’s opening round was on pace for a repeat of her opening round of 66 – 3 birdies and a front side of 33 (-3). She had another three birdies on her back nine for a 35 (-1) and a round of 68 (-4). If not for bogeys on #14 and #15, who knows? Jaclyn had 6 birdies in her round.

Rio
Rio was not to be trifled with, She began her round with a bogey on hole  #1, then birdied 5 of her next 12 holes to get to -4 through 13 holes. (That’s, um, quite a stretch of play). After a bogey on #14, Rio birdied two of her next four holes for a round of 67 (-5). Rio had 7 birdies in her round.

Alex
Alex, due t solid play, had a relatively drama free round. She opened with four pars, went bogey-birdie, then closed with three pars to make the turn at 36 (E). Her back nine was pretty much the same; a 37 (+1) for a solid round of 73 (+1). Alex had 2 birdies in her round.

Alanis 
Alanis just couldn’t get anything going in this round. She had a front nine cluttered with bogeys and a double bogey, although she did record a birdie to make the turn at 41 (+5). She nearly duplicated that result on her back nine with a score of 40 (+4) and a round of 81 (+9). Alanis had 2 birdies in her round.

Niki
Niki was even par through seven holes, but two late bogeys got her to the turn at 38 (+2). On her back nine, she was +1 on the side and +3 for the round through 14 holes. Fortunately, she closed strong with three consecutive pars and a closing birdie for a back nine of 36 (E) and a round of 74 (+2). Niki, again, had 3 birdies in her round.

Adeena
Adeena’s front nine was a bit better o Saturday; 6 pars and 3 bogeys got to the turn at 39 (+3). She cruised through the first six holes of her back nine in even par, then finished her next three holes in +1 for a back nine of 37 (+1) and a round of 76 9+4). Adeena had 1 birdie in her round.

 

Stats & Stuff

Through two rounds, the six Buckeyes had 123 pars, 34 birdies and 2 eagles.

Through two rounds, the Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 3.30, +6 to par. They played the par-4s to 4.27, +10 to par. They played the par-5s to 4.63, -9 to par. This is second round where they have played the holes consistently from one round to another. They seem to be in a rhythm.

  • Note: my aggregate two round scoring stats, above, do not agree with the Golfstat numbers. I’m including all six Buckeyes, they are not.

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 2 13 62 27 4 0
2 0 21 61 24 2 0
3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 2 34 123 51 6 0

This was a very well managed round. The number of sub-par holes increased while the number of over par holes decreased. That’s the trend you need to see in a conference championship.


Comments

This was a very good round for the Buckeyes. Although they are still in 3rd place, they’ve improved their position on the leaderboard quite a bit. Oho State is only 2 strokes out of 2nd place and 3 strokes out of the lead. The way team play ebbs and flows, they are only a couple holes away from winning this Championship.

A couple things of note for specific players that stuck out to me.

  • For the second consecutive round, they closed fast on hole #18. Jaclyn (birdie), Rio (birdie), Niki (birdie) and Alex (par) got the team 3 strokes and positioned them much closer to the top.
  • Jaclyn is 7th overall in par-3 scoring, 2nd in par-4 scoring and 1st in par-5 scoring. Amazing….
  • Rio’s 67 was one of four one the day and tied for second best round Jaclyn’s 66) of the Championship.
  • In the 2nd round, the field average score was 74.8. Ohio State’s six golfers averaged 73.2.
  • In round 2, Rio and Jaclyn combined for 13 birdies and only 4 bogeys.

Up Next

Round three is Sunday. Ohio State is again paired with Maryland and Michigan State. Their group begins teeing off at 9:48 am ET. Due to a personal commitment (12:00 noon tee-time Sunday), I may not get to the final round recap until Monday.

Go Buckeyes!