(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 Gainseville, FL for the three-round, two-day Lady Gator Invitational.

The Course

The course, Mark Bostic Golf Course was set up at 6,701 yards long and played to a par of 70. 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.

This is a challenging layout.  This is a lot of yardage to cover in a par of 70. Low scores are going to be hard to come by. Last year’s winner, University of Florida, set a scoring record and finished the event at level par. Florida has won this event for 3 consecutive years. It’s their home course, but still, that’s impressive.

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

Saturday, March 9th is 36 holes. Morning wave tees off at 8:00 am followed by afternoon round teeing off at 1:00 pm. Or so.(This is going to be a long, tiring day. This is a young person’s schedule.)

Sunday, March 10th is single round (18 holes) with shotgun start at 9:00 am.

The Field

The 13 team field is:

Campbell, Clemson, College of Charleston, Daytona State, East Carolina, FIU, Florida, Miami, NC State, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, UCF

The Buckeyes

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

That’s the set-up. How’d it go?

Recap:

I’m going to roll all three rounds into a single recap.

Ohio State had a team score of 871 (+31) to place them in 9th position. Their three rounds were 293 (+13), 286 (+6) and 292 (+12).

Aneka Seumanutafa shot a three round total of 211 (+1) to lead the Buckeyes. Lauren Peter shot a 219 (+9), Adeena Shears a 222 (+12), Niki Schroeder a 225 (+15) and Yuki Sasaki a 230 (+20).

In Individual play, Skylar Thompson had a 223 (+13).

For the event, Aneka finished 8th in the 75 player field. Lauren was T-41st,  Adeena was T-50th, Skylar T-53rd, Niki 57th and Yuki 65th.

Buckeye Scores

Lady Gator Invitational Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total To Par
Team 293 286 292 871 31
Aneka Seumanutafa 75 64 72 211 1
Yukie Sasaki 72 78 80 230 20
Niki Schroeder 73 81 71 225 15
Lauren Peter 73 71 75 219 9
Adeena Shears 75 73 74 222 12
Skylar Thompson (I) 73 75 75 223 13
Team to Par 13 6 12 31 31

 

Aneka

Aneka had rounds of 75-64-72-211 (+1). I want to mention that Aneka’s second round score of 64 was the low round of the tournament. In fact, it was the lowest single round in tournament history. Her 9 birdies lead the Buckeyes and were tied for 9th most in the 75 player field. Her 35 pars were third most on the tea and 27th overall. Aneka had no score higher than a bogey and she had only ten of them.

Yukie

Yukie had rounds of 72-78-80-230 (+20). Her tournament play was a bit erratic. Yuki’s 7 birdies were 4th most on the team, yet her 5 doubles tied for team high and she incurred the only triple bogey on the team. The opening round went pretty well with 3 birdies and a score of +2, then things got a little choppy for her.

Niki

Niki had rounds of 73-81-71-225 (+15). Her 8 birdies tied for 2nd on the team and T-18th in the tournament. However, her 5 double bogeys tied for team high. Sort of a yin and yang thing going on. In Niki’s second round, her 81 did not contribute to the team score. In her final round, Niki’s score of 71 was the lowest score for any Buckeye. Yin and yang… and clutch final round.

Lauren

Lauren had rounds of 73-71-75-219 (+9). Lauren’s round was similar to Adeena’s, below. She had only four birdies, but her 38 pars tied for 8th of 75 participants. She had only one double bogey. Lauren did not throw away strokes.

Adeena

Adeena had rounds of 75-73-74-222 (+12). She had only three birdies for the tournament, but her 37 pars tied her for 11th of all participants, so she did a nice job of keeping her game in control. In 54 holes, she had only one double bogey, so Adeena was pretty frugal with keeping her strokes.

Skylar (I)

Skylar had rounds of 73-75-75-223 (+13). She tied for second most birdies of the Buckeyes with 8, also tieing for 18th most birdies overall. She did have one oddity on her scorecard. In the first two rounds, Skylar birdied the long 565-yard par-5 7th hole. In her final round, she double bogeyed it, but played the other eight holes on the front nine in -1 to par. Sometimes, these things come out of nowhere…

 

Stats & Stuff

Ohio State had 31 birdies for the tournament, ranking them 10th. They had 166 pars, ranking them 7th.

The Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 3.04, +3 to par, ranking them 5th. They played the par-4s to 4.33, +49 to par, ranking them 11th. They played the par-5s to 5.11, +5 to par, ranking them T-9th.

This is the second consecutive tournament where Ohio State played the par-3s very well. Whatever they are doing with their iron game is working. I’m not surprised by the higher scores on the par-4s and par-5s.  Six of the par-4s are over 415 yards long. Two of the par-5s are over 560 yards. That’s a lot of yardage to cover to get to the green.

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 11 53 23 3 0 0
2 0 11 57 16 6 0 0
3 0 9 56 20 4 1 0
Total 0 31 166 59 13 1 0

 

Again, this is pretty consistent scoring throughout all three rounds. A lot of holes were played in par or better and not too many strokes were “frittered” away with double-bogeys or worse.

Comments

This was pretty much what I expected; challenging scoring conditions due to a course that was set up to be a stern test for the golfers. The University of Florida, as host school, on their home course does very well in this event. This is the fourth consecutive year they have won the event and set a scoring record of 838 (-2) in winning it this year.

Sometimes it’s hard to get a read on results. In last year’s Lady Gator Invitational, the 9th place team shot +56 to par, far more than OSU’s +31.

 

Up Next

The Tar Heel Classic in Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic. The event is scheduled for March 15th and March 16th.

Go Buckeyes!