(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Dept and Big Ten.. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Birdiefire.)

The Buckeyes head to warmer climes (Peoria, AZ to be precise) for the three-round, two-day Westbrook Spring Invitational.

The Course

The course, Westbrook Village Golf Club was set up at 6,432 yards long and played to a par of 72. The course rating is 70 and the slope is 120. For comparison, “my” course is 6,412 yards long and has a rating/slope of 70.2/113.

The Format

This is the typical “play 5, count 4” format. This gives teams a little wiggle room in the scoring, but not much. Teams can also enter a player to play as an Individual.

The Schedule

Sunday, February 24th is two rounds (36 holes) beginning with shotgun start at 8:30 am. (This is going to be a long, tiring day)

Monday, February 25th is single round (18 holes) with shotgun start at 8:30 am.

The Field

The 16 team field includes 1 team rated in the Golfstat Top-25 rankings. The contestants are:

Denver, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, #66 Ohio State, #24 Oklahoma, Oregon State, Tennessee, UC Davis, Washington State, Wisconsin

The Buckeyes

  1. Aneka Seumanutafa | Fr.
  2. Yukie Sasaki | So.
  3. Lauren Peter | Fr.
  4. Adeena Shears | Jr.
  5. Sofia Seldemirova | So.
    Ind. Niki Schroeder| Sr.

This is a pretty young lineup. Well, the way the freshmen and sophomores have been playing, why not?

That’s the set-up. How’d it go?

Recap:

It was a bit of a struggle for the Buckeyes. Through two rounds, their team score of 584 (+8) had them in 13th place. Their morning round of 291 (+3) had them in 11th place and their afternoon round of 293 (+5) placed them 12th.

Aneka Seumanutafa shot a 137 (-7) to lead the Buckeyes. Aneka also is in medalist position in the 93 player field after two rounds. Yuki Sasaki had a 148 (+4),  Adeena Shears a 149 (+5), Lauren Peter a 150 (+6) and Sofia Seldemirova a 152 (+8).

In Individual play, Niki Schroeder had rounds of  70 (-2) and 71 (-1) for a 141 (-3). A very good round for Niki.

Through two rounds, Aneka is 1st in the 93 player field. Niki is T-11th, Yuki is 56th, Adeena is 63rd, Lauren is 70th, and Sofia is 82nd.

 

Buckeye Scores

Westbrook Spring Inv Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total To Par
Team 291 293 0 584 8
Aneka Seumanutafa 69 68 0 137 -7
Yukie Sasaki 75 73 0 148 4
Lauren Peter 75 75 0 150 6
Adeena Shears 72 77 0 149 5
Sofia Seldemirova 75 77 0 152 8
Niki Schroeder (I) 70 71 0 141 -3
Team to Par 3 5 0 8 8

Aneka

Aneka just lit the course up on Sunday. Her two rounds in the 60’s (69, -3, 68, -4) were her two lowest rounds to date in her young college career. Aneka had 13 birdies and 18 pars. Through two rounds, Aneka leads the field in birdies.

Yukie

Yukie had rounds of 75 (+3) and 73 (+1).  She had 2 birdies in her morning round 5 in her afternoon round. She had 19 pars for the two rounds.

Lauren

Lauren had rounds of 75 (+3) and 75 (+3). She had two birdies in her morning round and 27 pars for the two rounds. Lauren’s 27 pars ranked her 10th in that category for all participants.

Adeena

Adeena had rounds of 72 (E) and 77 (+5). She had three birdies in her morning round and 26 pars for the two rounds.

Sofia

Sofia had rounds of 75 (+3) and 77 (+5). She had two birdies in her morning round and 25 pars for the two rounds.

Niki (I)

Niki had rounds of 70 (-2) and 71 (-1). Her nine birdies were 2nd most of any Buckeye and T-5th of all participants. Niki was the only Buckeye, through two rounds, to have to core higher than bogey. She had a very good opening day.

 

Stats & Stuff

Ohio State had 115 pars, ranking them T-12th. They had 27 birdies, ranking them T-6th.

The Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 3.05, +2 to par, ranking them 4th. They played the par-4s to 4.19, +19 to par, ranking them 14th. They played the par-5s to 4.88, -5 to par, ranking them 9th.

Below is a frequency table of how the Buckeyes scored, such as number of birdies, number of pars, etc…

Round Eagle Birdie Par Bogey 2X 3X 4x
1 0 16 54 18 2 0 0
2 0 11 61 15 3 0 0
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 27 115 33 5 0 0

This is pretty consistent scoring for both rounds. The fact that in 180 holes of golf played there were only 5 double bogeys is an encouraging sign.

Comments

This was an extraordinarily good opening day for Aneka and Niki. Overall, the team had some good play in the morning round, but really flattened out in the afternoon round. Two teams, Nebraska, Denver and UC Davis, improved significantly from morning to afternoon round. The other 13 teams were +/- a “handful” of strokes from round to round.

Up Next

Round 3 is Monday.

Go Buckeyes!