(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 2nd round recap.  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 shot a field best score of 286 (-2) and a Regional score of 863 (-1) to move into a T-4th place with Arizona State and send them off to another NCAA Championships event in two weeks.

Solid day-long play by Ohio State and late round birdies by Adeena Shears and Rio Watanabe to overtake fellow competitors Oregon State and Illinois to qualify the Buckeyes for Championship play.

Jaclyn Lee led the Buckeyes with another sub-par round, 69 (-3). Niki Schroeder and Adeena Shears provided 72s (E) and Rio Watanabe rounded team scoring with a 73 (+1). Alex Wright’s 76 (+4) wrapped up Ohio State play.

For the qualifier, Jaclyn finished T-2. Niki finished T-17, Rio T-37, Adeena T-50 and Alex T-54.

Buckeye Scores

Pos NCAA Regional Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total To Par
T4 Team 293 284 286 863 -1
T2 Jaclyn Lee 71 68 69 208 -8
T54 Alex Wright 73 76 74 223 7
T18 Niki Schroeder 75 69 72 216 0
T50 Adeena Shears 74 76 72 222 6
T36 Rio Watanabe 75 71 73 219 3
5 -4 -2 -1

Note: Format for round 3 was a shotgun start. Next to each player’s name, below, is the tee they started on Wednesday morning.

Jaclyn (5)
Jaclyn got off to a fast start with birdies on #7 and #9 to go to -2 through five holes of play. She played holes #1 – #18 in level par to maintain her score through 14 holes of play. Jaclyn birdied #2, then parred her next two holes for a round of 69 (-3). Jaclyn had 3 birdies in her round.

Niki (6A)
Niki opened play with 5 consecutive pars. Birdies on #11 and #14 got her to -2 for the day. She cycled through ‘3 pars,bogey, 3 pars, bogey’ before parring her final hole for a round of 72 (E). Niki had 2 birdies on her round.

Rio (6B)
Rio opened with 5 pars, then speed-bumped with consecutive bogeys to sit at +2 through 7 holes. She had 5 more pars and a bogey to be at +3 through 13 holes of play. Rio closed strong with a birdie on #1, three pars and a much needed, as it turned out, birdie on her last hole, the long 198 yard par-3 5th hole and a round of of 73 (+1). Rio had 2 birdies on her round.

Alex (7)
Alex was cruising along with pars on her opening 7 holes. This came to a screeching halt with a triple-bogey 7 on #14. She rebounded with a birdie on the next hole and through 13 holes of play was +4 to par. Alex finished strong with birdies 2 of her closing 5 holes to shoot a round of 74 (+2). Alex had 3 birdies in her round.

Adeena (8)
Adeena got off to a hot start with pars on her opening four holes, then birdied #12 – #13 to go to -2 through 6 holes. She bogeyed three of her next six holes to be at +1 through 12 holes. Four consecutive pars led to a clutch birdie on her penultimate hole, the par-5 6th hole and a round of 72 (E). Adeena had 3 birdies in her round.

Below is the hole by hole scoring for the Buckeyes in round 3.

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Stats & Stuff

The Buckeyes had 66 pars in the round. Their three round total of 172 ranked them in 8th place. They had 13 birdies in the round. Their three round total of 45 ranked them them 5th in the field. They had no eagles in round three, but their 3 eagles in round 2 has them in 1st place in this measure.

In the third round, the Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 3.04, +1. For the tournament, they were 3.08, +6 to par, which ranked them 1st. In the final round, they played the par-4s to 4.08, +3 to par. For the event, they were 4.19, +23 ranking them 11th.  On Wednesday, they played the pr-5s to 4.84, -4 to par. For the event, there averaged 4.72, -21, ranking them 2nd.

This was across-the-board, a high level of play on all these holes. The excellence of play in thh par-3s and par-4s indicates to me that; 1) their iron games were in good form and 2) they putted very well.

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 13 66 10 0 1
Total 3 45 172 43 5 2

 

Comments 
This was a great round for Ohio State. They did a wonderful job of managing their games. Beginning the round on the cut line, 6th place, Ohio State had to play with a “controlled aggression” to qualify for the NCAA’s. Shooting for birdies is okay. Obtaining pars is perfectly acceptable. Giving strokes back with bogeys, etc., is not acceptable.

Let’s look at the ‘give back’ holes; bogeys, double bogeys and triple bogeys, from the above table.

  •  In the 1st round, they “gave back” 23 strokes to par; 17 bogeys and 3 double bogeys.
  • In the 2nd round, it was also 23 strokes; 16 bogeys, 2 double bogeys and 1 triple bogey.
  • In the final round, it was 13 strokes; 10 bogeys and 1 triple bogey.

This was a lot cleaner play by the team and it paid off for them.

Up Next

The NCAA Championships are scheduled for May 18 – 23. The venue will be Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, OK.

Go Buckeyes!