(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 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 rode a red hot Niki Schroeder (66, -6) and a piping hot Aneka Seumanutafa (69, -3) to run down Illinois with some late round drama to win the Big Ten Championship. Their team total of 575 (-1) was three strokes clear of Illinois.
For the tournament, Niki shot a 72-66-138 (-6) to tie Melati Putri of Purdue for medalist honors in the 84 player field. Aneka shot 73-69-142 (-2) to finish T-5th. Skylar Thompson ( 76-72-148, +4) finished T-24th, Lauren Peter (73-76-140, +5) finished T-33rd, Yukie Sasaki (79-74-153, +9) finished T-56th and Adeena Shears (81-75-156, +12) finished 69th.
Here’s how the down-the-stretch drama played out.
Illinois held a 3 stroke lead after the first round. Through 15 holes on the final round, Illinois was -6 for the tournament, Ohio State was -1. Down 5 with three holes to play is not ideal. Onward:
16th hole – 170 yard par-3
The Buckeyes play this in +1 while Illinois stumbles at +5. The Illinois lead is down to 1 stroke.
17th hole – 410 yard par-4
The Buckeyes play this hole in -1 while the Illini play it in +2. Ohio State has now seized a two-stroke lead with one hole to play.
18th hole – 477 yard par-5
Ohio State plays this hole in level par to finish -7 for the round and -1 for the tournament. Illinois plays the hole in +1 to finish +1 for the round and +2 for the tournament.
Frankly, this was one helluva win. The team started out strongly, playing the front nine in -5. Unfortunately, Illinois was playing better and the Buckeyes were 6 strokes down at the turn. The Buckeyes kept their composure and rallied down the stretch as Illinois faltered. This is a team win that should be celebrated and savored. The last hour of play was clutch golf by Ohio State.
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Here’s the hole-by-hole scoring:
In the final round, Aneka rattled in 3 birdies and a bogey on her front nine to make the turn in 34 (-2). She cruised in with 1 birdie and 8 pars on the back nine; playing the crucial final three holes in level par.
For the tournament, Aneka played the par-3s to 3.25 (+2), the par-4s to 4.00 (E) and the par-5s to 4.50 (-4). She had 6 birdies and 26 pars. She had no score higher than bogey and only 4 of those.
Niki absolutely bent River Bend to her will on Sunday. She had 12 pars and 6 birdies for the round, three on each nine. Niki came up clutch in the stretch run, holes #16 – #18 by playing them in -1 to par.
Niki averaged 3.13 (+1) on the par-3s, 3.90 (-2) on the par-4s (T-2nd overall) and 4.38 (-5) on the par-5s (T-1st overall). Her 10 birdies tied for 1st overall and she had 22 pars. Like Aneka, she had no score higher than a bogey and only 4 of those.
Lauren had 7 pars and 2 bogeys on each nine in hr final round. Although her 76 didn’t count towards the team score, it’s reassuring to her, and to the team, that she can put together a solid round when need be.
Lauren averaged 3.00 (E) on the par-3s, 4.20 (+4) on the par-4s and 5.13 (+1) on the par-5s. Lauren had 2 birdies, and 23 pars. She had no score higher than bogey.
Adeena performed quite a bit better in the second round. She put together a respectable front nine of 39 (+3). She finished strong with an even par 36 on her back nine which featured a birdie on the final hole. Although her score was used for the team score, no one knew at the time, so finishing with a birdie is always the way to finish.
Adeena averaged 3.88 (+7) on the par-3s, 4.15 (+3) on the par-4s and 5.15 (+2) on the par-5s. She had 2 birdies and 23 pars.
Yuki had an entertaining front nine in her final round; 3 birdies, 3 pars and 3 bogeys for a much needed 36 (E) at the turn. Although a double bogey at # 13 put her at +2 for the round, Yukie responded by finishing with 5 consecutive pars. These were clutch, stroke-saving holes.
Yukie averaged 3.50 (+4) on the par-3s, 4.30 (+6) on the par-4s and 4.88 (-1) on the par-5s. She had 9 birdies (T-3rd overall) and 16 pars.
Skylar played her front nine in 36 (E) with 2 birdies and 2 bogeys. After opening with 2 consecutive birdies on the back nine, she stalled a bit with back-to-back bogeys on #15 – #16. Fortunately, Skylar responded with pars on her final two holes to contribute to the team victory.
Skylar averaged 2.88 (-1) in par-3 scoring (T-4th overall), 4.25 (+5) on the par-4s and 5>00 (E) on the par-5s. She had 8 birdies (T-6th overall) and 19 pars.
Stats & Stuff
The Buckeyes averaged 3.35, +4 on the par-3s to finish 14th in that metric. They averaged 4.11, +11 on the par-4s to finish 1st and 4.83 on the par-5s, -7 to finish 3rd. In a somewhat reversal of their season trend, they were pretty average on the par-3s and excelled on the par-5s.
Below is a frequency table of how the Buckeyes scored, such as number of birdies, number of pars, etc.
The NCAA Regional from May 6 – May 8. Stay tuned.