(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat)
The Ohio State Women’s Golf (OSUWG) rolled into southern California for the Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge. This is the 24th year of this event and Ohio State again serves as the host team.
Course: Palos Verdes Golf Club is set up at 6,017 yards, playing to par 71.
Schedule: Sequential tee-off from the first tee on Sunday and Monday at 9:00 am Pacific Time. Tuesday shotgun start at 8:30 am PT.
Format: The familiar “play 5, count 4” with teams also fielding players to participate as Individuals.
Field: This is an 16 team field, with 11 teams currently ranked in Golfstat’s Top 25. This is a loaded field. Four of the top five teams and six of the top ten teams. Below are the teams (alphabetically) with their ranking.
No. 5 Alabama, No. 9 Arizona, No. 8 Arizona State, Baylor, Colorado, No. 3 Florida, No. 20 Florida State, Furman, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, No. 13 Stanford, No. 2 Texas, No. 12 UCLA, No. 1 USC, No. 14 Wake Forest and No. 19 Washington
Ohio State lineup
- Lauren Peter | Fr.
- Aneka Seumanutafa | Fr.
- Yukie Sasaki | So.
- Adeena Shears | Jr.
- Niki Schroeder | Sr.
Ind. Skylar Thompson | Fr.
Ind. Sofia Seldemirova | So.
The team got their Spring Schedule off to a very good start with an opening round 299 (+15) which had them in T-4 place. This is a very young lineup with three freshmen and two sophomores. This was Aneka’s and Skylar’s first collegiate rounds for the Buckeyes. They are competing against an accomplished field; Ohio State is one of two teams not nationally ranked.
The Buckeyes were led by Aneka Seumanutafa 72 (+1). Lauren Peter shot a 75 (+4), Niki Schroeder a 76 (+5), Yukie Sasaki a 76 (+5) and Adeena Sheers a 78 (+7).
Competing as Individuals, Sofia Seldemirova shot a 72 (+1) and Skylar Thompson a 77 (+6).
After the first round, Aneka and Sofia are T-8 in the 84 player field. Lauren is T-17, Niki and Yuki are T-30, Skylar T-41 and Adeena T-54.
|Northrup Grumman||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total||To Par|
|Skylar Thompson (I)||72||0||0||72||1|
|Sofia Seldemirova (I)||77||0||0||77||6|
Lauren opened with nines of 39-36-75. Although she did not have any birdies, Lauren was incredibly consistent. Her 14 pars were the third most of any competitor in the round. Remember, par is your friend. Lauren made a lot of friends on Sunday.
Aneka got her collegiate career off to an impressive start. She birdied the second hole she played and had three birdies in the round. In fact, Aneka was -1 through 17 holes until she double-bogeyed her final hole of the day, the par-4 10th hole. Disappointing final hole, but a great opening round.
Yuki needed some time to settle into her round. She was +5 through her first seven holes. She played her next 11 holes in even par, featuring two birdies and seven pars. This was a nice recovery from a bumpy start.
Adeena had an interesting round. She had a stretch of 6 pars. Then a three hole stretch where she was +4. Then six more consecutive pars. Then three consecutive bogeys… Clearly, this was a “momentum” day for Adeena.
Niki had a bit of everything in her round. She had two birdies, 9 pars and 7 bogeys. No stretches of play one way or another, just a bit of “clutter” on her card. I’d love to have my scorecard cluttered with a couple birdies, so “clutter” isn’t all that bad.
Skylar had a pretty decent opening round. Although she had several bogeys, she also had 2 birdies and 8 pars. If your inaugural round features over half your holes in par or better, you are playing pretty well.
“Sofia actually led all Buckeyes with 3 birdies.”
I wrote the above last year for this event’s opening round. It holds true this year. Sofia had four birdies along with 9 pars in a very well played round. She had a seven hole stretch, #10 – #16 where she had five pars and two birdies. Quite a two hour experience!
Note: the scoring stats in the following two paragraphs are for team play only. Individual play stats are not included.
Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.10 strokes, +2 to par, which ranked them T-2 in that category. They played the par-4’s to 4.31, +17 to par, ranking T-3rd. The par-5’s were played to 5.20, +3 to par, ranking them T-10th.
Ohio State carded 56 pars, ranking them T-3rd and scored 7 birdies, T-10th.
A couple of statistical oddities:
- Ohio State played the par-3s exactly as well as last year, averaging 3.10 strokes.
- The Ohio State team scored the same number of birdies as last year, 7.
- While the Ohio State team scored 7 birdies, the two Individuals scored 6 birdies.
This was really a good opening day for the Buckeyes. What impressed me was the Buckeyes had only two double bogeys. Of 126 holes played, to mis-fire on only two says a lot about the temperament of the team in this round. This is really good stuff.
Next up – round two on Monday. There is a shotgun starts at 9:30 (Left Coast Time). Ohio State is paired with Wake Forest, Arizona and Baylor.