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

The Buckeyes finished the first round in 8th place, just 3 strokes out of the Top 6 positions. Here is tournament set-up and 1st round recap.

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 Buckeyes did what they needed to do in the 2nd round; set themselves in position to make the top six to move on to the NCAA Championships.

The Buckeyes shot a team score of 284 (-4) to stand at 577 (+1) through two rounds. This has them in T-6th position – the cut-off line to advance to the NCAA nationals. Their team score (-4) was 3rd best round of the day. They are going to need something similar to push them into the top six. I think they’ll need to get into the neighborhood of -4 or -5 after the dust settles on Wednesday.

Jaclyn Lee led the Buckeyes with a 68 (-4). Niki Schroeder 69 (-3) and Rio Watanabe 71 (-1) also shot under par scores. Alex Wright 76 (+4) and Adeena Shears 76 (+4) rounded out Ohio State play. As you can see, the “senior” team members stepped up in the 2nd round.  Through both rounds, all five Buckeyes have contribute t the team score.

Through two rounds, Jaclyn is T-3rd place in the 96 player field.  Niki is T-24th, Rio is T-37th, Alex is T-59th and Adeena is T-62nd.

Buckeye Scores

Pos NCAA Regional Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
T6 Team 293 284 0 577
T3 Jaclyn Lee 71 68 0 139
T59 Alex Wright 73 76 0 149
T24 Niki Schroeder 74 69 0 143
T62 Adeena Shears 75 76 0 151
T37 Rio Watanabe 75 71 0 146
5 -4 0 1

Note: Ohio State began play on hole #1

Jaclyn
Jaclyn got off to a fast start with an eagle 3 on hole #2, then birdied 2 of her closing five holes to make the turn at 33 (-3). Through seven holes on the back, she was -2 before a bogey on #17 gave her a back nine of 35 (-1) and a round of 68 (-4). Jaclyn had an eagle and 4 birdies in her round.

Alex
Alex was -1 through three holes and finished the front nine at 36 (E). She was +1 through seven holes on the back nine before stumbling in the final two holes for a back nine of  40 (+4) and a round of 76 (+4). Alex had 3 birdies in her round.

Niki
Niki opened play with 3 birdies in her first 6 hole and made the turn at 33 (-3). A bogey on #10 was offset by a birdie on #13. An eagle-3 on #16 was offset by a double bogey on #18 for a bank nine of 36 (E) and a round of 69 (-3). Niki had an eagle and 5 birdies on her round.

Adeena 
Adeena opened play with a birdie on #2 and was -1 through five holes. A tough stretch in holes #6 – #8 got her to the turn at 38 (+2). Adeena mixed a birdie and three bogeys  in her final nine holes for a back nine of 38 (+2) and a round of 76 (+4). Adeena had 3 birdies in her round.

Rio 
Rio opened with a bogey, then eagled #2 and birdied #8 for a front nine of 34 (-2). Rio was +2 through four holes on her back nine, then played her final five holes in -1 for a back nine of 37 (+1) and a round of 71 (-1). Rio had 1 eagle and 2 birdies on her round.

Below is the hole by hole scoring for the Buckeyes in round 2.

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Stats & Stuff

The Buckeyes had 51 pars in the round. Their two round total of 106 pars rank them 10th. They had 17 birdies in the round. Their two round total of 32 ranks them them 5th in the field. Their 3 eagles in round two have them ranked 1st through two rounds.

In the second round, the Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 3.00, level par. Through two rounds, they are 3.10, +5 to par, T-5th. They played the par-4s to 4.33, +13 to par. Through two rounds they are 4.25, +20, ranked 13th. They played the par-5s to 4.48, -13 to par. For two rounds they are 4.48, -17, ranked 2nd.

The Buckeyes scored well on the “scoring Holes”, the par-3s and par-5s. They did what they had to do.

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 3 17 51 16 2 1
3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 3 32 106 33 5 1

Ohio State absolutely blitzed the par-5s. Which was good, since there are five (rather than four) of them on the course.

Comments 
This was a great round for Ohio State. The team is certainly in the thick of play to advance to the Nationals thanks to stellar, clutch play. All five Buckeyes have contributes to the team score over the two days. That has to be encouraging to the coaches and the team that they can rely on one another in this event.

Up Next

The final round is set for Wednesday. Everyone goes off in shotgun start beginning at 8:30 am CST. I’ll have recap to morrow afternoon. Please stop back for the recap.

Go Buckeyes!