(Image courtesy Ohio State Athletic Dept, tournament information courtesy USGA.org, lpga.com)
We have a lot of ground to cover – this past week was a busy one for Buckeyes in professional events. The Buckeyes are Will Grimmer, Jaclyn Lee, Emma Jandel and Rachel Rohanna. Today’s format will be a bit different. I’ll sort it into what I think are “good, better, best” categories. Feel free to re-sort according to your perspective.
On the Symetra Tour, Emma Jandel tied for 36th place at the Forsyth Classic in Decatur, IL. She played very steady golf with rounds of 70-70-71-211.
Her three sub-par rounds were built on the strength of superb game control. Emma had 10 birdies to only 5 bogeys. She had no score higher than bogey.
Statistically, Emma averaged 255 yards with her driver. which put her about average on the Symetra Tour. She hit 57% of her fairways, which was a bit on the low side, but Emma excelled with her iron pay – hitting 81% of the greens in regulation. The number would put her in the Tour top five in this category. Pretty heady stuff.
Jaclyn Lee was awarded a sponsor’s exemption to play in the Meijer LPGA Classic and took advantage of it. Her rounds of 68-69-72-69-278 (-10) placed her in a tie for 35th place. In fact, Jaclyn was “low Canadian”, beating Anne-Catherine Tanguay, Brooke Henderson and Alena Sharp. Not many people beat Brooke Henderson, but Jaclyn did…
Jaclyn did a fine job of managing her game to the course. In four rounds, she had an eagle, 14 birdies and 6 bogeys. No score was higher than a bogey. Jaclyn took advantage of the “scoring” holes in Grand Rapids. To me, a “scoring” hole is a par-3 or a par-5 because you are likely hitting a short to mid iron into the green. On the par-3s and par-5s, Jaclyn was -11 for the tournament.
Statistically, Jaclyn averaged 268 yards off the tee (pretty good), hit 56% of her fairways (not too bad) and 72% of her greens in regulation (really good). She averaged 29.5 putts per round, which is top-50 on LPGA. If she were on LPGA…
Note: Jaclyn was entered to play in the Women’s Porter Cup, but this sponsor’s exemption was offered and off to Grand Rapids,MI she went.
Will Grimmer made another appearance at the U.S. Open and acquitted himself very well. His score of 73-72-78-80-303 (+23) put Will in 66th place. His first two rounds had Will as ‘low amateur’; a pretty impressive feat.
Through the four rounds, Will averaged 266 yards off the tee (not too bad), hit 82% of the fairways (truly impressive), hit 48% greens in regulation (not bad, considering the USGA was involved) and averaged 1.83 putts per green (USGA, man…).
Here’s a couple things that Will accomplished.
- He made the cut. Notables such as Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth did not.
- In difficult conditions, he conducted himself as a gentleman and showed a respect for the game of golf. Notable such as Phil Mickelson did not.
Congratulations, Will. By any measure, this was a very good weekend for you.
Rachel Rohanna and her husband Ethan welcomed a baby daughter to their family. Congratulations!