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

The Buckeyes are in Stillwater, OK for the NCAA Championships. This is always a good week.

The Course

The event is played at the Karsten Creek Golf Club. The course is set up to play at 6,328 yards and a par of 72.

Format

Play 5, count 4.

Schedule

here are three days of stroke play. From those results; a) the top 15 teams and, b) nine individuals (not on advancing teams) move to another round on Monday. After Monday’s round; a) the Individual Champion will be determined and the final eight teams will be qualified for match play. Match play will continue Tuesday with finals on Wednesday.

Friday, May 18 (18 holes with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. CT)
Saturday, May 19 (18 holes with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. CT)
Sunday, May 20 (18 holes with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. CT)
Monday, May 21 (18 holes with tee times beginning at 11:30 a.m. CT)

The Field

This is a 24 team field, with their Golfstat Top 25 rankings shown.

No. 1 Alabama, No. 9 Arizona, No. 10 Arizona State, No. 2 Arkansas, No. 19 Auburn, Baylor, Colorado, No. 4 Duke, No. 12 Florida, No. 21 Florida State, No. 7 Furman, No. 16 Kent State, No. 25 Louisville, Ohio State, No. 20 Oklahoma, Ole Miss, No. 13 Northwestern, No. 6 Southern California, No. 5 Stanford, No. 8 Texas, No. 3 UCLA, Virginia, No. 18 Wake Forest, No. 15 Washington

The Buckeyes

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

That’s the set-up. How’d it go?

Recap:

The Buckeyes shot a team score of 310 (+22) which placed them in 19th place after the opening round. They actually played very well until the 17th hole; a 390 yard brute of par 4. You have to tee off over water to the fairway and the water hazard extends along the entire left side of the hole. After the dust settled on the 17th, the Buckeyes went from a team score of +9 to a team score of +22. Yikes!

However, the damage to the score was incurred on one hole; the other 17 holes were played pretty well. I’m not too concerned about a Buckeye bounce-back round Saturday. It’ll happen.

Jaclyn Lee led the Buckeyes with a round of 72 (E). Alex Wright was the only other Buckeye to shoot in the 70’s with a 76 (+4). Rio Watanabe shot an 80 (+8) and Niki Schroeder an 82 (+10) to account for team scoring. Adeena Shears shot an 87 (+15) to complete Buckeye play.

After the opening round, Jaclyn is T-11th, Alex is T-51st, Rio is T-97th, Niki is T-111th and Adeena is T-129th.

Buckeye Scores

NCAA Championships Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total To Par
Team 310 0 0 310 310
Jaclyn Lee 72 0 0 72 0
Alex Wright 76 0 0 76 4
Rio Watanabe 80 0 0 80 8
Niki Schroeder 82 0 0 82 10
Adeena Shears 87 0 0 87 15
Team To Par 22 0 0 22

 

Jaclyn
Jaclyn got off to a fast start with birdies on #71 and #4 to go to -2 in about n hour of play. Birdies on #7 and #8 were offset by a double bogey to make the turn at 35 (-1). Jaclyn was steady with 6 pars on her back nine and a birdie on #18 gave her a nine of 37 (+1) and a round of 72 (E). Jaclyn had 5 birdies in her round.

Niki
Niki started strong with a birdie on #2. A double bogey on #8 got her to the turn at 39 (+3). She had a very good back nine going, +1 through #16, until things went to shyte on the 17th hole. A back nine of 43 (+7) gave her a round of 82 (+10). Niki had 1 birdie in her round.

Alex
Alex mixed in 3 bogeys with six pars for a fairly well played front nine of 39 (+3). After being +2 through four holes on her back nine, Alex cruised in by playing the final five holes in -1, highlighted by a much needed birdie on #18. Her back nine of 37 (+1) gave Alex a round of 76 (+4). Alex had 2 birdies in her round.

Adeena
Adeena really had a tough inaugural NCAA round. She was +2 after two holes, +4 after five and +7 after six holes which pretty much took her out of team scoring consideration. Adeena made the turn in 44 (+8). After doubling hole #10, she stabilized to play the next five holes in even par. Stumbles on #16 and #17 gave her a back nine of 43 (+7) and a round of 87 (+15). Adeena had 1 birdie in her round.

Rio
Rio opened with a birdie on #1 then strung together four par to sit at -1 through five holes; a very good start by any measure. Three bogeys got her to the turn at 38 (+2). So far, so good. Rio had, to put it mildly, an interesting back nine. Through seven holes, Rio had a par, 3 birdies and 3 bogeys – even par for the back nine. However, as nearly all her team mates did, she stumbled on the 17th hole and slogged in with a 42 (+6) and a round of 80 (+8). Rio had 4 birdies on her round.

 

 

Stats & Stuff

The Buckeyes had 47 pars in the round, ranking them T-16th. They had 13 birdies in the round, ranking them T-5th. They had no eagles in the round.

The Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 3.10. +2 to par, ranking them T-3rd. They played the par-4s to 4.74, +37 to par, ranking them T-23rd. They played the par-5s to 4.90, -2 to par, ranking them 11th.

The 17th was certainly OSU’s undoing today. In the nine other par 4’s, Ohio State averaged a very respectable 4.50 strokes per hole. On #17, it was 7 strokes per hole.

Below is a frequency table of how the Buckeyes scored, such as number of birdies, number of pars, etc…

NCAA Round Eagle Birdie Par Bogey 2X 3X
1 0 13 47 19 7 4
2 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 13 47 19 7 4


Comments 

They actually played pretty well for almost the entire round.  The team made iffy swings and decisions on one hole, the par-4 17th. Yes, conditions were tough (windy; and god I hate playing in windy conditions) but the 17th clearly got the better of the Buckeyes. Ohio State played the hole in a team score of +11. For context. OSU’s fellow competitors, Ole Miss (+5) and Colorado (+3) played the hole much more crisply.

Coach Hession got right to the nub of the matter:

“We hit a lot of good shots early on,” Therese Hession, Ohio State head coach, said. “Whenever we made a mistake, we kept it to a minimum. We struggled on one hole on the back nine. The course is playing tough so we just have to make good decisions when we get offline. I’m sure tomorrow will be better.”

When I’ve had bad holes, such as #17, it was a result of bad swings and poor decision-making. The technical flaws can be ironed out pre-round on the practice range. The game/course management will have been ironed out Friday in the team meeting room.

At this point, Ohio State has four (4) teams ahead of it with a separation of four (4) strokes. They re well within reach of moving up the leaderboard to advance to Monday play.

 

Up Next

Round two is Saturday morning. Let’s tee this baby up!

Go Buckeyes!