(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. Here’s the tournament set up and first round results. The Buckeyes are in a good position, entering round two, to advance to Monday play. Nothing “heroic” on Saturday, just solid
There 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 Buckeyes tee off beginning at 1:21 PM CT. They will be paired with Ole Miss and Colorado. They tee off on the back nine, hole #10.
Other than Jaclyn Lee’s performance, this was a flat effort by Ohio State. Coach Hession’s message of not letting a bad stroke lead to bad decisions and snowballing from there apparently did not take. Ohio State’s second round score of 318 (+30) gave them a two round total of 628 (+52) and has them in 24th place. They are 22 strokes and 8 teams out of the cutoff of 15th place.
At this point, the Buckeyes can use Sunday’s round to work on their games. Fortunately, Jaclyn continues to perform at a very high level and has a chance to advance as an Individual, but she needs another good round Sunday.
Jaclyn Lee led the Buckeyes with a round of 72 (E). Rio Watanabe shot an 81 (+9), Adeena Shears an 82 (+10) and Niki Schroeder an 83 (+11) to account for team scoring. Alex Wright rounded out Buckeye play with an 85 (+13).
After two rounds, in the 132 player field, Jaclyn is T-11th, Alex is T-115th, Rio is T-115th, Niki is 126th and Adeena is 129th.
|NCAA Championships||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total||To Par|
|Team To Par||22||30||0||52|
Jaclyn got off to a fast start with birdies on #12 and #13 to go to -2 after four holes. A more sedate back nine of 2 bogeys and seven pars, including a tap-in in dusk conditions on her last hole, gave her a nine of 38 (+2) and a round of 72 (E). Jaclyn had 3 birdies in her round.
Niki had a solid enough opening nine going for her; she was +2 through eight holes. A closing double-bogey gave her a 40 (+4). She couldn’t get anything resembling her game going on her back nine and a score of 43 (+7) gave her around of 83 (+11). Niki had no birdies in her round.
Alex struggled with “big numbers” today. On her opening nine, she had a birdie but two doubles and a tripe to make the turn at 43 (+7). Her back nine also included a birdie and a triple for a nine of 42 (+6) and a round of 85 (+13). Alex had 2 birdies in her round.
Adeena took herself out of team play consideration early in her round by being +6 through 4 holes. Three consecutive bogeys got her to the turn at 45 (+9). Her second nine was much, much better played. Through eight holes, she was +2 and a birdie on her final hole of the day (a nice way to end the round) gave her a nine of 37 (+1) and a round of 82 (+10). Adeena had 1 birdie on her round.
Rio opened with a double bogey on #10, then settled in to lay the remaining eight holes in +2 to make the turn at 40 (+4). She was +1 through four holes on her back nine, but a string of four consecutive bogeys gave her a nine of 41 (+5) and a round of 81 (+9). Rio had no birdies on her round.
Stats & Stuff
Ohio State’s two round total of 95 pars rank them 19th. Their total of 19 birdies rank them T-18th through two rounds.
On Saturday, the Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 3.50, +10 to par. Through two rounds they are paying the par-3s to 3.30, +12 to par, ranking them T-19th. On Saturday, they played the par-4s to 4.58, +29 to par. Through both rounds they are playing the par 4s to 4.66. +66 to par, ranking them 24th. In the second round, they played the par-5s to 5.20, +4 to par. Through two rounds, they are averaging 5.05, +2 to par, ranking them T-17th.
Below is a frequency table of how the Buckeyes scored, such as number of birdies, number of pars, etc…
The significant scoring difference was that Ohio State made far fewer birdies than in round one. Pars were about the same and the number of bogeys went up.
From yesterday, I think that was Coach Hession was on point and 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.”
So did I. Unfortunately, I overestimated this team’s ability to respond when challenged. There is absolutely nothing to take from this round. The young ladies have to regroup Sunday morning and play for pride.
Round three is Sunday morning.