(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 and here is second 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.

 

Recap:

Round three was a bit more difficult for the Buckeyes. Their final round of 294 (+6) gave them a final score of 865 (+1) and a tie for 4th place finish. Jaclyn closed out a great tournament with an aggregate score of 207 (-9) that earned her medalist honors by a four stroke margin. Rio acquitted herself well in her last B1G Championship with a three round total of 214 (-2) and a T-8th finish.

Niki Schroeder led the Buckeyes in the third round with a well played 71 (-1). followed by Jaclyn Lee’s 73 (+1). Rio Watanabe’s 75 (+3) and Adeena Shears’ 75 (+3)  rounded out he team scoring. Alex Wright’s 76 (+4) and Alanis Sakuma’s 79 (+7) completed Buckeye play for the day.

Jaclyn finished as the Championship’s medalist. Rio finished T-8th, Alex T-30th, Niki is T-38th, Adeena is 65th and Alanis is T-75th.

Buckeye Scores

B1G Championships Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total To Par
Team 289 282 294 865 577
Jaclyn Lee 66 68 73 207 -9
Niki Schroeder 79 74 71 224 8
Adeena Shears 82 76 75 233 17
Alex Wright 73 73 76 222 6
Rio Watanabe 72 67 75 214 -2
Alanis Sakuma 78 81 79 238 22
1 -6 6 1

Jaclyn
Jaclyn’s was -1 through two holes, then speed-bumped the next five holes playing them in+5. A birdie-par finish got her to the turn at 38 (+3). On her back nine, Jaclyn birdied two of her first four holes, carded a bogey then finished her round with another birdie for a back nine of 34 (-2) and a round of 73 (+1). In three rounds, Jaclyn played the par-5 18th hole in -4 (eagle, 2 birdies). Jaclyn had 5 birdies in her round.

Rio
Rio opened with five consecutive pars, went double-bogey, then closed with two pars for a front nine of 39 (+3). On her back nine, she was +2 through seven holes, then closed with 2 birdies for a back nine of 36 (E) and a round of 75 (+3).  Rio birdied the par-5, 18th hole in all three rounds. Rio had 3 birdies in her round.

Alex
Alex had a frantic start to her round – she was +3 through four holes. She settled in with five consecutive pars to make the turn at 39 (+3). (Apparently, shooting 39 on the front side was the thing to do…) Knowing a good thing when she sees it, Alex parred her first six holes on the back nine, threw in a bogey, then parred #17 and #18 for a nine of 37 (+1) and a round of 75 (+4). Alex had 1 birdie in her round.

Niki
Niki was even par through seven holes and a birdie-bogey finish put her at the turn with a very solid 36 (E). On her back nine, she had a mid-round cluster of 3 birdies / 2 bogeys in a five holes stretch fora a nine of 35 (-1) and a round of 71 (-1). Niki had 4 birdies in her round.

Adeena
Adeena’s birdied #4-#5 and was even par through eight holes. A triple bogey undid her front nine as she made the turn in 39 (+3).She regained control of things with a 2 birdie/2 bogey back nine enroute to a 36 (E) and a round of 75 (+3). Adeena had 4 birdies in her round.

Alanis 
Alanis just couldn’t get anything going in her front nine. A double bogey and a string of bogeys got her to the turn at 42 (+6), effectively eliminating her from team scoring. She righted the ship with eight pars on her back nine for a well played 37 (+1) and a round of 79 (+7). Alanis had no birdies in her round.

 

Stats & Stuff

For the Championship, the six Buckeyes had 186 pars, 51 birdies and 2 eagles.

Through the three rounds, the Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 3.18, +11 to par, placing 7th in this category. They played the par-4s to 4.19, +29 to par, placing them 6th. They played the par-5s to 4.67, -20 to par, placing them 2nd.

  • 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 17 63 23 4 1
Total 2 51 186 74 10 1

This was a pretty well played, but for the handful of holes that got away from the Buckeyes. If the 2X and 3X holes would have been parred, or bogeyed for that matter, the outcome would have been more satisfactory for Ohio State. Yes, the margin of error is very slim at this level of golf.

Comments

A couple things of note  that stuck out to me.

  • This was certainly and ‘ebb & flow’ round for the Buckeyes. The front nine had all the ear-markings of a disaster about to unfold. At the turn, the team score was +9 and Rio’s bogey on hole #10 put the team score at +10. (not too good). They kicked it into gear with 11 birdies (really good) on the back nine to bring the team total back to +6 for the day. After a painful start, it was an impressive comeback.
  • Rio finished T-10 in par-3 scoring with an average of 3.00. Jaclyn finished 1st in par-4 scoring with an average of 4.00 and Jaclyn finished 1st in par-5 scoring with an average of 4.17.
  • Alex finished 11th in number of pars made (37). Jaclyn tied for 1st in number of birdies (14) and was 1st in eagles scored (2).
  • In the final round, the field average score was 74.85. Ohio State’s six golfers averaged 74.83.

 

Go Buckeyes!