(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.
Ohio State had a very solid opening round, finishing T-4th. Here is the 1st round recap. As a refresher, here is Ohio State’s lineup, below.
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.
In what can fairly be described as “challenging” conditions (cool, rain, wind) the competitors slogged through the second round at Palos Verdes Estates. The Buckeyes shot a 302 (+18) to slide them from 4th to 9th place after two rounds.
The Buckeyes were led by, again, Aneka Seumanutafa with a 73 (+2). Lauren Peter and Adeena Sheers had 76’s (+5) while Yukie Sasaki and Niki Schroeder had 77’s (+6).
Competing as Individuals, Sofia Seldemirova shot a 78 (+7) and Skylar Thompson an 81 (+10).
Through two rounds, Aneka’s score of 145 (+3) is T-9th. Sofia’s 150 (+8) is T-30, Lauren’s 151 (+9) is T-33, Yukie’s 153 (+11) is T-47, Niki’s 153 (+11) is T-47, Adeena’s 154 (+12 is T-56 and Skylar’s 158 (+16) is T-71.
So, with two rounds in the books, with a much younger team than last year, Ohio State is a handful of strokes better than last year. I’m not concerned about how this team “places”. I’m more interested in total score. I’m looking for year-on-year scoring improvement. I have a “number” they need to shoot in their final round to show the improvement. Let’s see if they match or improve upon it…
|Northrup Grumman||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total||To Par|
|Sofia Seldemirova (I)||72||78||0||150||8|
|Skylar Thompson (I)||77||81||0||158||16|
Lauren (nearly) duplicated her opening round 75 with a 76. No birdies in either round, but to be +9 at this point with no birdies is good golf. Really. She stumbled a bit at the end bogeying 3 of 4 holes. This could have been a matter of fatigue in those conditions. It could also have meant that she was killing it through her first 14 holes.
Aneka also faded down the stretch a bit, bogeying her final four holes. In those conditions, in your inaugural collegiate event, it’s understandable. It also means that with a back nine of -3 (birdies on #13, #14, #16) Aneka was -2 through 14 holes!
Yuki had a good opening stretch, +1 through six holes. Her next nine holes were littered with bogeys, and a birdie and she was +5 in this period. And, Yuki, being Yuki, she finished with three pars to save her round. That’s a good, mentally strong finish.
Adeena, for the second consecutive round, had no birdies. Which is odd, since she can put a lot of red numbers on a card. Adeena had a pretty solid round with 13 pars and 5 bogeys. All considered, a well controlled round.
Niki had a great opening stretch at -1 through her first four holes. She flattened out at +4 over her next eight holes, but +3 through 12 isn’t too bad. Double bogeys on two par-3s torched her round, but a birdie on her final hole, the par-5 7th was a great finish.
Skylar stepped on a land mine, a triple bogey 7 on hole #10, her second hole of play, but recovered nicely by playing her next seven holes in -1 to par. She did bogey 7 of her next 9 holes, but at some point in those conditions, the mind-set is “just get the ball n the hole”. Honestly, other than the triple, her round wasn’t that bad.
Sofia had a bunch of bogeys (9) and a bunch of holes at par or better (9). She had 2 birdies and managed her way around the course pretty well. As poorly as Ohio State played the par-3s this round, Sofia was excellent – she was even par. That’s solid ball-striking.
Note: the scoring stats in the following two paragraphs are for team play only. Individual play scores are not included.
In the second round, Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.70 strokes, +14 to par, which was quite a bit worse than in round one. They played the par-4’s to 4.20, +11, quite a bit better than in the opening round. The par-5’s were played to 4.96, -1 to par, an improvement over the opening round.
Ohio State had it’s second consecutive day of 56 pars and scored 6 birdies, 1 less than the opening round.
Aside from getting rocked on the par-3s, the Buckeyes are actually managing their way around the course pretty well. The par-3s are playing tough for all teams this week, especially the 200 yard 4th hole.
Next up – the final round on Tuesday.