(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 good opening round (T-4th) , not quite as good second round (T-9th) and their best round of the event to close out in a 10th place finish. Here is the 2nd round recap. Here is the 1st round recap.
Ohio State put together their best round of the tournament, a 298 (+14) on Tuesday to essentially hold their position to finish in 10th place with an 899 (+47) total.
For the round, the Buckeyes were led by Yukie Sasaki’s career best 70 (-1). Adeena Shears had a 75 (+4), Lauren Peter a 76 (+5), Aneka Seumanutafa a 77 (+6) and Niki Schroeder a 79 (+8).
Competing as Individuals, Sofia Seldemirova shot an 80 (+9) and Skylar Thompson a 75 (+4).
For the tournament, the Buckeyes were led by Aneka with a 222 (+9). Yukie had a 223 (+10), Lauren a 227 (+14), Adeena 229 (+16), Sofia 230 (+17). Niki 232 (+19) and Skylar 233 (+20).
Aneka finished in T-23 in the 84 player field. Yukie T-26, Lauren T-46, Adeena 58, Sofia T-59, Niki T-61 and Skylar T-63.
With two rounds in the books, with a much younger team than last year, Ohio State was a handful of strokes better than last year. I’m not concerned about how this team “places”. I’m looking for year-on-year scoring improvement.
Ta-da! This year’s team put together a final round that averaged 5 strokes per player lower than last year’s final round. Ir doesn’t matter how you view it; score of low-four, all five team play scores or all seven participant scores, it was 5 strokes per player better. That’s a really good final round effort.
|Northrup Grumman||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total||To Par|
|Sofia Seldemirova (I)||72||78||80||230||17|
|Skylar Thompson (I)||77||81||75||233||20|
Lauren opened with a bogey on #10 then played the next eight holes in level par to make the turn at +1. Two braces of bogeys on the front side got her to the clubhouse with another 76 (+5). Lauren had 11 pars on the day.
Aneka continued her strong OSU debut by opening with a par on #9. She continued in with solid back nine play (1 birdie, 2 bogeys) to be +1 through ten holes. There was a bit of ‘fade-down-the-stretch’ with five bogeys on her closing nine, but her round of 77 (+6) gained her “low Buckeye” for the event. Aneka’s 7 birdies tied for most by a Buckeye.
Yuki opened play with a birdie on the par-4 11th hole. (Always a great way to begin a round). She was level par through six holes of play. Yuki birdied three consecutive holes, #17, #18, #1, to get her round to -3. She ran off six consecutive pars, so Yuki definitely had something going on. Alas, a double bogey on the par-3 8th hole dropped her to a -1. Yuki’s 7 birdies tied for most by a Buckeye.
Miss Shears opened play with a bogey on #13, and through six holes, made the turn at +2. After three more bogeys in eight holes, Adeena got her first birdie of the tournament on the par-4 9th hole. She finished with three consecutive pars, giving her 12 for the round. Her 37 pars led all Buckeyes.
Niki opened with a par on #12, then bogeyed four of her next six holes. Niki played her final 11 holes in +4 without carding a birdie. Niki had a nice closing stretch with 4 consecutive pars. It was late in the event and an “every stroke counts” situation, and her finishing stretch of pars counted quite a bit.
Skylar began her round on #18, made a par, then played the front side in +2, 1 birdie/3 bogeys. Her final eight holes also had 1 birdie/3 bogies, so all in all, a pretty solid round. This was a nice round of Individual play by Skylar. It will help her mind-set going into future play.
Sofia began her round on the 18th hole with a bogey, then played the next nine holes in +1. That’s a nice stretch. The problem was playing her final seven holes in +7. She just couldn’t get anything going on the back nine. Sofia had five solid nines of play this week, I’m not too concerned about a couple hours of play. Although not part of “team” play, Sofia’s 7 birdies were tied for most of any Buckeye.
A couple things impressed me this week. First, this young team did not back away from the competition. I saw the field has six Top -10 teams and nine Top-15 teams, so I figured, “well, let’s see what happens…”. I liked what I saw. There were a couple rough edges, but overall, I think this was a very positive outcome.
Playing par-4s well is important, because there are a lot of them on the course. Ohio State’s play on the par-4s improved round by round.
We Have Stats
Note: the scoring stats in the following two paragraphs are for team play only. Individual play scores are not included.
In the third round, Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.65 strokes, +13 to par, which was almost as bad as the second round – which was pretty bad. They played the par-4’s to 4.07, +4, which was extraordinarily good. The par-5’s were played to 5.33, +5 to par.
For the tournament, they played the par 3’s to an average of 3.48 strokes, +29 to par, the par-4’s to 4.19, +32, to par and the par-5’s were played to 5.16, +7 to par. The team played the par-5s reasonably well, the par-4s exceptionally well and the par-3s still need a little work. Granted, the par-3s on this course were tough for all participants. In fact two of the toughest holes to par on the course were the par-3 2nd and 4th holes.
Ohio State players were amazing consistent this week. In each of their rounds, they carded 56 pars, for a total of 168. That was 3rd most pars of the competing teams. They had 20 birdies, scoring them 7, 6, 7 in each of the three rounds.
The other bit of consistency that struck me was their game/course management. In 378 holes of total play, team and Individual, the Buckeyes had only 8 holes where they scored higher than bogey.
The Buckeyes participate in the Westbrook Spring Invitational in Peoria, AZ. The tournament is scheduled February 24 – 25.