(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Dept, Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat.com.)

The Buckeyes head to the Dominican Republic for the Tar Heel Classic.

The Course

The course, Casa de Campo Teeth of the Dog Course is set up at 6,140 yards long and plays to a par of 72.

The Format

This is the typical “play 5, count 4” format. This gives teams a little wiggle room in the scoring, but not much.

The Schedule

Friday March 15th is 36 holes. Morning wave tees off at 7:30 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.)

Saturday, March 16th is single round (18 holes) with shotgun start at 7:30 am.

The Field

The 15 team field is:

Colorado, Florida Atlantic, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Quinnipiac, No. 18 TCU, UNC Wilmington, No. 14 Virginia, Virginia Tech, No. 13 Wake Forest

The Buckeyes

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

That’s the set-up. How’d it go?

Recap:

Ohio State had a team score of 867 (+3) and finished in 3rd place. Their three rounds were 296 (+8), 284 (-4) and 287 (-1). Two of three team rounds under par for the event. They happened to be the final two rounds. The Buckeyes took a bite out of the teeth of the dog course.

Aneka Seumanutafa shot a three round total of 211 (-5) to lead the Buckeyes. Lauren Peter shot a 217 (+1), Niki Schroeder a 221 (+5), Adeena Shears a 224 (+8) and Yuki Sasaki a 226 (+10).

Buckeye Scores

Pos Tar Heel Classic Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total To Par
3 Team 296 284 287 867 3
2 Aneka Seumanutafa 71 67 73 211 -5
T9 Lauren Peter 74 71 72 217 1
T32 Adeena Shears 81 72 71 224 8
T20 Niki Schroeder 76 74 71 221 5
T44 Yukie Sasaki 75 77 74 226 10
    8 -4 -1 3

Aneka

Aneka had rounds of 71-67-73-211 (-5). Her 2nd round 67 was the lowest score of any competitor in the round. This is Aneka’s second consecutive event where her second round score in the 60’s was low round in the field. I think she’s comfortable in 2nd round play.

Aneka was 2nd in the field in par-5 scoring (4.58), 3rd in the field in par-3 scoring (2..83) and 13th in par-4 scoring (4.07). Her 14 birdies for the event were second most.

Lauren

Lauren had rounds of 74-71-72-217 (+1). She pegged her game to ‘par’ and stuck to the script. Lauren had 9 birdies, 10 bogeys and 35 pars. She spread her birdies and bogeys out fairly evenly for each round.

This is Lauren’s first top-10 finish. Her recent consistency is almost to the point where  you can write her into your lineup and not have to worry too much.

Her 35 pars were 2nd most by a Buckeye and T-25th in the field.

Adeena

Adeena had rounds of 81-72-71-224 (+8). Her opening round was pretty much a disaster with 5 bogeys and 2 triple bogeys. It wasn’t all bad; she did have a well-played stretch of holes (#12 – #1) that she played in -1 to par.

Adeena cleaned up her 2nd round via 2 birdies, 2 bogeys and 14 pars. That’s an impressive bounce-back. Her 72 was a key contributor to 2nd round team score.

Adeena’s final round was even better. A 4 birdie effort gave her a 71 and tied her with Niki for “low Buckeye” of the round.

Adeena’s par-3 average of 2.75 led the field.

Niki

Niki had rounds of 71-74-76-221 (+5). Niki’s opening round was not too exciting. She had fourteen pars and four bogeys for a 76 and a ‘count’ for the team score. Always a nice start.

On her second round, Niki had 2 birdies, 1 bogey, 14 pars and a triple bogey 7 on the par-4 15th hole. It is an intimidating layout. Water (ocean) runs the entire right side. From the tee box, the proper aim point is a large tree and a long bunker along the left fairway; not a natural aim-point. Nikolette probably wishes she could play that hole over again.

Niki’s final round was fairly straightforward; she was +1 through 10 holes of play, then played her closing 8 holes in -2 to par. Nice finish.

Niki’s total of 41 pars for the event tied for 2nd most in the field.

Yukie

Yuki had rounds of 75-77-74-226 (+10). Her opening round had a lot of ‘par or better’ holes; 1 birdie and 14 pars. The only real blemish was a double bogey on the par-4 12th hole, so not a bad round at all.

Yuki’s 2nd round had some more excitement with 4 birdies which were offset by seven bogeys and a double bogey. She did have a nice 11 hole stretch (holes #3 – #13) that she played in -2 to par.

Her final round was almost a reply of her opening round; 1 birdie and 14 pars. She did have a cleaner round with no double bogeys, so a good final round for Yuki.

 

Stats & Stuff

Ohio State had 42 birdies for the tournament, ranking them T-3rd. They had 175 pars, ranking them 5th.

The Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 2.93, -4 to par, ranking them 1st. They played the par-4s to 4.16, +24 to par, ranking them 5th. They played the par-5s to 4.96, -1 to par, ranking them 6th.

This is the third consecutive tournament where Ohio State played the par-3s very well. Whatever they are doing with their iron game is working. In the par-3 scoring, Ohio State placed 1st (Adeena), T-3, (Aneka), and T-9 (Niki, Lauren).

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

Round Eagle Birdie Par Bogey +2 +3
1 0 9 60 18 1 2
2 0 19 54 15 1 1
3 0 14 61 15 0 0
Total 0 42 175 48 2 3

After “feeling” their way around the course in the opening nine, the Buckeyes reduced their “give-away holes (+2 to par, +3 to par) and made significantly more birdies.

Comments

The Buckeyes seem to have settled on a set lineup, more or less, and the last three events reflect this stability. At the beginning of the Spring Schedule, I was curious to see how the team would respond to the departure to the LPGA of their lead player, Jaclyn Lee. Coach Hession and Snider had some pretty big spikes to fill.

Comparing the Fall Schedule to the Spring Schedule indicates some impressive improvement. First round scoring has improved 2.75 strokes to 294.75. Second round scoring has improved 4.25 strokes to 291.25. Third round scoring has improved an astonishing 13 strokes to 290.00!

My “benchmark” is a team round of 300 strokes. If you’re at that level or higher, no one on the team is playing that well. Or, if someone is, at least two are playing pretty badly. In 2019, OSU has had only one round +300 and that was in the first week of February. This team could be peaking at the right time of year.

 

Up Next

The Bryan National Collegiate in Greensboro, NC. The event is scheduled from Friday, March 29 through Sunday March 31.

Go Buckeyes!