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

The Buckeyes are in Madison, WI this week for the NCAA Regionals. The course is the University Ridge Golf Course.  This is a three day, three round event scheduled for Monday, May 7 – Wednesday May 9.

The Course

The course is set up at 6,313 yards long and played to a par of 72.

The Format

This week it’s  “play 5, count 4” format.

The Field

This is an 18 team field, with their Golfstat Top 25 rankings shown. Additionally, several players will compete as Individuals.

No. 12 Arizona State, Campbell, No. 4 Duke, Idaho, No. 20 Illinois, Iowa State, IUPUI, Murray State, North Dakota State, No. 13 Northwestern, Notre Dame, Old Dominion, Ohio State, Oregon State, No. 23 Purdue, No. 6 Southern California, Virginia, Wisconsin

The Buckeyes

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

That’s the set-up. How’d it go?

Recap:

The opening round went very well. Keep in mind – Ohio State doesn’t actually have to win this regional, they need to finish in the top six teams. Clearly, they want to do as well as possible, but a top six finish is the real goal, so they can advance to the NCAA national championship.

So, the Buckeyes shot a team score of 293 (+5) to finish the first round in 8th place. Host Wisconsin ended the day in 6th place at 290 (+2). Ohio State is only 3 strokes off the cut line, which in team play can be made up in a matter of one hole.

Jaclyn Lee led the first day efforts with a 71 (-1). Alex Wright 73 (+1) and Adeena Shears 74 (+2) also put together solid rounds for Ohio State. Niki Schroeder and Rio Watanabe both shot 75 (+3) to round out the Buckeye play in the opening round.

Jaclyn finished the round T-13th place in the 96 player field. Alex is T-26, Adeena is T-43 and Niki and Rio are T-52.

Buckeye Scores

Pos NCAA Regional Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
8 Team 293 0 0 293
T13 Jaclyn Lee 71 0 0 71
T26 Alex Wright 73 0 0 73
T43 Niki Schroeder 74 0 0 74
T52 Adeena Shears 75 0 0 75
T52 Rio Watanabe 75 0 0 75
5 0 0 5

Note: Ohio State began play on hole #10.

Jaclyn
Jaclyn got off to a fast start with back-to back birdies, then birdied three of her next five hole to get to -4 through eight holes of play. A bogey on #18 got her to the turn at 33 (-3). After opening her back nine with three par, Jaclyn speed-bumped the next two holes (+3) before finishing her next four holes in -1 for a back nine of 38 (+2) and a round of 71 (-1). Jaclyn had 6 birdies in her round.

Alex
Alex was +3 through six holes before birdies on holes #16 and #17 got her to the turn at 37 (+1). She opened her back nine with back-to-back birdies on #10 and #11 and parred her next three holes to be at -2 on her back nine. Two bogeys in her last four holes gave Alex a nine f 36 (E) and a round of 73 (+1). Alex had 4 birdies in her round.

Niki
Niki has a very smooth start to her round, sitting level par through five holes. She bumped to the turn with a 39 (+3) after going +3 in the four hole stretch. Niki opened her back nine play with birdies on #1 and #2, the parred her next four holes. After double bogeying #7, she finished her nine with two oars for a nine of 36 (E) and a round of 75 (+3). Niki had 2 birdies on her round.

Adeena 
Adeena opened play with six consecutive pars and was -1 through seven holes. A bogey-bogey finish got her to the turn at a solid 37 (+1). Adeena opened her back nine with three consecutive pars, but stalled with bogeys n #4 and #5. However, a birdie on #7 ler her finish her final three holes in -1 for a nine of 37 (+1) and a round of 74 (+2). Adeena had 2 birdies in her round.

Rio 
Rio got off to a slow start, being +3 through 4 holes. She parred her remaining five holes on her front side to make the turn at 39 (+3). She parred her first six holes in her back nine before a bogey on #7. That’s 11 consecutive pars for Rio. That’s pretty good. She birdied her final hole for a back nine of 36 (E) and a round of 75. Rio had 1 birdie on her round.

Stats & Stuff

The Buckeyes had 55 pars, ranking them T-5th in the field. They had 15 birdies, ranking them 6th.

The Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 3.20, +5 to par, ranking them T-4th. They played the par-4s to 4.18, +7 to par (T-10th). They played the par-5s to 4.84, -4 to par (T-6th).

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 0 15 55 17 3 0
2 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 15 55 17 3 0

This was a pretty well managed opening round. They could have done without the double bogeys, but that’s part of the game. From my experience, 2X/3X scores are probably caused by mental error issues rather than swing mechanics issues. Which means they can be more easily resolved.

Comments 
This was a pretty decent opening round for Ohio State. The team is certainly in the thick of play to advance to the Nationals. All five Buckeyes shot with 4 strokes of one another, which indicates they can all chip in, so to speak, to the team score. I like the way they competed in the opening round. The coaches certainly had them focused. I’m looking forward to round two.

Up Next

Round two is set for Tuesday. The Buckeyes are scheduled to tee off beginning at 9:00 am ET. They are again paired with Illinois and Northwestern. Please stop back for 2nd round recap.

Go Buckeyes!