(Photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat)

Ohio State were off to Wilmette, IL for the Windy City Collegiate Classic. Ohio State will be part of a 14 team field.

The Event

This is 54 holes (three rounds) of stroke play. Two rounds were played on Monday and the final round on Tuesday.

The Course

The Westmoreland Country Club was set up to a length of 6,360 yards and played to par 72. This appears to be an adjustment off the White tees. I’ll guess that the course would be rated at 71 with a slope of 130 from this set-up. For comparison, the course I play is a bit longer with a rating/slope of 70.2/113. Westmoreland CC is a very strong test.

Team Format

The team format is a “play 5, count 4”.

The Field

The fourteen team field is:

Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Duke, Florida, Iowa State, Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Purdue, San Diego State, South Carolina, Southern California

The Buckeyes

The Buckeyes will tee it up with:

  1. Jaclyn Lee | Sr.
  2. Lauren Peter | Fr.
  3. Adeena Shears | Jr.
  4. Lexie Long | So.
  5. Yukie Sasaki | So.

Ind. Alex Wright | Jr.

This is an intriguing lineup for the Buckeyes.  There is veteran leadership with Jaclyn and Adeena. The younger players (Lauren, Lexie, Yukie) have worked themselves into the team lineup.

That’s the set-up. How’d it go?

Recap

The Buckeyes shot rounds of 303-286-303-892 to finish in 7th place.

The Buckeyes were led by medalist Jaclyn Lee with a score of 213 (-3). Adeena Shears shot a 223 (+7 ), Yuki Sasaki a 226 (+10), Lauren Peter a 233 (+17) and Lexie Long a 242 (+26). Jaclyn’s 2nd round score of 66 tied for low score of the tournament.

Jaclyn finished in T-3rd place in the 78 player field. Adeena finished T-30th, Yukie T-39th, Lauren T-56th and Lexie T-70th.

In Individual play, Alex Wright had a score of 224 (+8), which placed her T-34th.

We Have Stats

Reminder: these are stats for ‘team play’ only. Individual player performance is not included. The Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average score of 3.18, +8 to par, ranking them 9th in the field. They played the par-4s to 4.19, +35 to par, ranking them 8th. They played the par-5s to 5.31, +14 to par, ranking them T-13th.

Ohio State had 156 pars (12th) and 36 birdies (6th).

Buckeye Scores

Windy City Challenge Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total To Par
Team 303 286 303 892 28
Jaclyn Lee 72 66 75 213 -3
Lauren Peter 84 75 74 233 17
Adeena Shears 74 72 77 223 7
Lexie Long 81 82 79 242 26
Yukie Sasaki 76 73 77 226 10
Alex Wright (I) 74 74 76 224 8
15 -2 15 28 28

 

The Players…

Jaclyn

Jaclyn got off to a nice start, sitting -2 through six holes in her opening nine. She made the turn at 35 (-1) and played the back nine in 37 (+1) for a round of 72 (E). So far, so good.

Her 2nd round was extraordinary; she opened with three pars, then birdied four of her next five holes to make the turn at 32 (-4)! Jaclyn birdied two of her three closing holes for a back nine of 34 (-2) and a round of 66 (-6). Wow!,

Jaclyn was a bit more mortal in her final round with nines of 39 (+3) and 36 (E) and a round of 75 (+3). It was blemished by a double bogey, but she still managed 3 birdies and 10 pars, so it’s not like things imploded for her.

Lauren

Lauren opened play well enough; she was -1 through two holes. A double bogey on #7 gave her a 39 (+3) at the turn. Not too bad at this point. Her back nine turned into a struggle that “featured” 2 triple bogeys and 3 bogeys. She limped in with a nine of 45 (+9) and a round of 84 (+12). That’s probably not what she had in mind.

Lauren again played the front nine reasonably well in her second round; two birdied got her to the turn at 35 (-1). Lauren again struggled on the back nine with a 40 (+4) and a round of 75 (+3).

Lauren continued her fine play on the front nine in her final round with a 36 (E). She improved her back-nine play with a solid 38 (+2) for a round of 74 (+2).

Adeena

Adeena opened up pretty much in control with 15 pars on her opening round. She had nines of 37 (+1) for a round of 74 (+2).

In Adeena’s 2nd round, she bogeyed the second hole, then went on a tear. Her next 13 holes were played in -3 (3 birdies, 10 pars)! A double on #16 brought her round to 72 (E), but what a performance for 17 holes. Nicely done.

It took Adeena some time in her final round to get into sync. She was -1 through two holes, but played the next six holes in +6 to make the turn at 41 (+5). Two closing birdies on her back nine gave her a nine of 36 (E) and a round of 77 (+5).

Lexie

We’ll just get this out of the way – Lexie didn’t have her best stuff this weekend. She got rocked in her opening nine with a 43 (+7), but got things a bit under control with a back nine of 38 (+2) thanks to a birdie on #11, and a round of 81 (+9).

Lexie’s 2nd round was about the same as her opening round, only without the birdie. She posted identical scores of 41 (+5) on each nine for a round of 82 (+10).

Lexie did wrestle her final round to the ground due to more pars and fewer bogeys. She made the turn in 40 (+4) and closed with a 39 (+3) for a round of 79 (+7).

Yukie

Yukie opened play with a front nine of 36 (E). The back nine was a bit more challenging as she shot a 40 (+4) and an opening round of 76 (+4). Not a bad start.

Yukie had another solid (1 birdie, 2 bogey) front nine to make the turn at 36 (+1). She completely controlled the back nine with a 36 (E) and a fine round of 73 (+1).

Yukie’s final round was a bit more adventuresome. Through six holes, she had 1 par, 2 bogeys and three birdies. A little something for everyone… She did have two episodes of “double bogey – bogey” to push her round up to +6, but a birdie on her last hole gave her a round of 77 (+5).

Alex

Alex began play on the 10th hole for all three rounds. She had a stellar opening round with a front nine of 1 birdie and 8 pars to make the turn at 35 (-1). Things got a little choppier on her back nine as she shot 39 (+3) and a round of 74 (+2). A good start for Alex.

Her second round was pretty much the same; a front nine of 36 (E) and a 38 (+2) back nine for another 74 (+2). So far, Alex is being consistent, in a good way.

After getting two birdies in each of her first two round, Alex didn’t record any in her final round. However, she did record a lot of pars, 15 of them for a round of 76 (+4).

 

A Few Takeaways

A good, if erratic outing by the Buckeyes. I’ll preface my comments with the fact that the Buckeyes fielded a fairly young team. First, the par-5 scoring needs to improve throughout the lineup.  No one finished under par on par-5s for the event. Having said that, the field did not average below par on any of the par-5s.

I’m sure there will be some coaching points on course management at practice this week. In round 2, Ohio State scored 15 birdies enroute to a team score of -2 for the round. That is exceptionally good play. In round 3, scoring 13 birdies, they were 17 strokes worse. Aside from the randomness of how the team strokes were carded, a significant issue was that they had 6 double bogeys in the final round. In round 2, they had only 2 doubles. When your first stroke goes astray (I know that feeling too well) sometimes you need to go ‘defensive’ to try to turn a “6 into a 5”, because that may be as good as it gets on that hole…

Nothing above is earth-shaking and both points are teachable.

Up Next

The Buckeyes head to Chapel Hill, NC for the Tar Heel Invitational. The event is scheduled from October 12 – 14.

Go Buckeyes!