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

Ohio State sent three players to participate at the University of Dayton Fall Invitational earlier this week. They were Lexie Long, Alanis Sakuma and Sofia Seldemirova.

The Event

This was 36 holes of stroke play. The rounds were played on Monday and Tuesday.

The Course

The NCR Country Club was set up to a length of 6,002 yards and played to par 70. The course was rated at 74.5 with a slope of 132. For comparison, the course I play is a bit longer with a rating/slope of 70.2/113. To quote philosopher Thomas Hobbs, the NCR course was ‘nasty, brutish and short’.

The Field

This event fielded 75 players.

Recap

The Buckeyes actually played pretty well. Sofia’s total of 145 (+5) placed T-5th. Alanis had a 153 (+13) for T-20th and Lexie’s 157 (+17) for T-33rd. This is a good placement in a 75 player field.

We Have Stats

Sofia, Alanis and Lexie combined for 5 birdies, 68 pars, 31 bogeys, 3 double bogeys and 1 triple bogey. Over a total of 108 holes of play, that’s not too bad. a few more birdies would have been helpful, but they did a nice job of not handing back strokes to the field with double bogeys and worse.

The Players…

Sofia

Sofia  had scores of 74-71-145 (+5).  Her second round (71) was her best at Ohio State so far in terms of scoring and score-to-par. Well, done.

Sofia was consistent in her opening round with two nines of 37. She had two bogeys on the front nine and three bogeys and a birdie on the back nine. She had nothing higher than bogey, so it was a pretty clean card for Sofia.

Her second round was even better – a front nine of even par 35 and a back nine of 36 (+1) for her career setting (so far) low score. This was a well played round. With 15 pars, 1 birdie and 2 bogeys, a lot went right with her round. She had a clean two rounds with no score higher than a bogey.

Alanis

Alanis shot rounds of 74-79-153 (+13). Her opening round of 74 included 3 birdies and 7 bogeys. Her 2nd round was as sharp with 5 bogeys and 2 double bogeys. One double was at the par-4 6th hole; a nasty dogleg left with bunkers at the dogleg and the green guarded by four bunkers. Completely understandable…

Alanis’ three birdies were the most by any Buckeye in this tournament. It’s good to see flashes of “go low” in her game.

Lexie

Lexie had rounds of 78-79-157 (+17). Lexie was astonishingly consistent in her play. In her opening round, she had 11 pars, 6 bogeys and 1 double bogey. In her second round, Lexie had 11 par, 6 bogeys and 1 triple bogey.

Lexie had a lot of pars, but speed-bumped (double or worse) on 1 hole in each round. So, what it amounts to was Lexie made one, maybe two bad swings per day. That’s actually not too bad; the problem was a lack of birdies. That’s fine – it was a good learning experience for her.

A Few Takeaways

First things first. The NCR course is relatively short at just over 6,000 yards. Which means peril awaits in other course features such as trees and bunkers. If a player is not making crisp contact, the ball could end up just about anywhere. Sofia, Alanis and Lexie managed to keep the ball “in front of them” and were rewarded for their accuracy. The field averaged 79.9 strokes per round (I told you it was brutish & nasty), but Sofia averaged 72.5 strokes, Alanis 76.5 and Lexie 78.5.

This was a good event for Sofia, Alanis and Lexie. In an ordinarily “off” week, they participated in a couple rounds of competitive golf. I like this approach; if your objective is to play competitive golf, then you need to play competitive golf.

Up Next

The Buckeyes head to San Marcos, TX for the Jim West Challenge. The event is scheduled from October 28 – 29.

Go Buckeyes!