(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Dept, Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat.com.)
The Buckeyes are in Maineville, OH for the Big Ten Championship.
The TPC River’s Bend course is set up at 6,357 yards long and plays to a par of 72.
This is “play 6, count 4” format. This gives teams a bit more wiggle room in the scoring.
Friday and Saturday tee times begin at 8:30 am. Sunday’s final round begins at 8:00 am.
The 14 team field and their Golfstat Top-50 rankings:
#30 Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, #50 Maryland, Michigan, #19 Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, #16 Northwestern, Ohio State, #49 Penn State, #33 Purdue, Rutgers, Wisconsin
- Aneka Seumanutafa | Fr.
- Niki Schroeder | Sr.
- Lauren Peter | Fr.
- Adeena Shears | Jr.
- Yukie Sasaki | So.
- Skylar Thompson | Fr.
Ohio State had a team total of 294 (+6) to finish in T-2nd place after the first round. They are three strokes behind leader Illinois.
Niki Schroeder shot a 72 (E) to lead the Buckeyes. Aneka Seumanutafa and Lauren Peter shot 73s (+1) and Skylar Thompson a 76 (+4) to round out team scoring. Yukie Sasaki shot a 79 (+7) and Adeena Shears an 81 (+9).
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Here’s the hole-by-hole scoring:
Aneka had a well played round of 2 birdies, three bogeys and 13 pars. She had two stretches of 4 consecutive pars on the front nine. In Championship play, pars are your friends.
Aneka played the par-4s to 4.10 (+1) and the par-5s to 4.50 (-2). She had only 2 birdies but tied for a team high with 13 pars. She had no score higher than bogey.
Niki had another round with nothing higher than a bogey. In post-season play, controlling your score is big and Niki has come up big the past couple rounds. This was a very even 4 birdie, 4 bogey, 10 par performance; exactly what Ohio State needed.
Niki averaged 4.20 (+2) on the par-4s and 4.25 (-3) on the par-5s. Her 4 birdies tied for most of any Buckeye and T-4th overall.
Lauren opened with 8 consecutive pars before birdieing #9 to make the turn at -1. Despite three bogeys on eh back nine, Lauren finished strong by playing her final three holes in -1.
Lauren averaged 3.00 (E) on the par-3s, 4.10 (+1) on the par-4s and 5.00 (E) on the par-5s. That’s about as steady as it gets. Lauren had 2 birdies, 3 bogeys and 13 pars; yet another round with a lot of par or better holes and nothing higher than a bogey.
To be blunt, Adeena heads back to the drawing board after her opening round. She did have a five hole stretch on the back nine where she was +1. Other than that – not a good round of golf.
Yuki had an interesting round. She started out well enough, being -1 through two holes. However, a five hole stretch where she was +4 and a double bogey on hole #9 got her to the turn at +5 and blew up any chances she’d have to contribute to the team score. Yukie’s back nine of +2 was much better, but did not compensate for the tough front nine.
Skylar had a stop-start round, but it was still good enough to come in at +4 and count towards team score. On her front nine, she was -2 through seven holes. She slumped with two closing double bogeys, but all considered a nine of +2 is pretty respectable. On her back nine, Skylar was -1 through seven holes, then closed in +3 for another nine of +2. Now, if Skylar can just get past the first seven holes on each nine…
Skylar led the field in par-3 scoring with an amazing 2.25 (-3). Her 4 birdies tied for most of the Buckeyes.
Stats & Stuff
Below is a frequency table of how the Buckeyes scored, such as number of birdies, number of pars, etc. This is for the four players (Aneka, Niki, Lauren, Skylar) who counted for the team score.
This was a really good start by Ohio State. They got off to a strong team start, +1 through nine holes, then held it together with a back nine of +5 to move in 2nd place. For Saturday’s round, a couple players simply have to play better; the margin of error, even in a “play 6 count 4” format is too thin in a conference championship.
The second round is Saturday. Stay tuned.