(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Dept, Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat.com.)
The Buckeyes are in Cle Elum (not a typo) WA for NCAA Regional play. The host course is Tumble Creek Golf Club.
The Tumble Creek Club at Suncadia Resort is set up at 6,306 yards long and plays to a par of 72.
This is “play 5, count 4” format. This is 54 hole team stroke play. The low six scoring teams, see below, advance to finals competition. The finals will be held May 17-22 in Fayetteville, AR. First things first; the Buckeyes need to qualify.
Play runs Monday, May 6th through Wednesday May 8th.
The 18 team field and their Golfstat Top-50 rankings:
No. 1 USC, No. 8 Arkansas, No. 9 South Carolina, No. 16 Northwestern, No. 19 Washington, No. 23 Miami, No. 26 Oregon, No. 36 Oregon State, No. 40 Old Dominion, No. 43 Iowa State, No. 47 San Diego State, No. 49 UCF, Boston University, New Mexico State, Ohio State, Sacramento State, Southern Illinois, San Jose State,
- Aneka Seumanutafa | Fr.
- Niki Schroeder | Sr.
- Lauren Peter | Fr.
- Yukie Sasaki | So.
- Skylar Thompson| Fr
Ohio State ended the first round with a team total of 293 (+5) to sit in T-7th place with Oregon State and Old Dominion. They are twelve strokes behind leader Southern Cal, but that really doesn’t mean too much. The key is to be in the top six teams. They ended the day 3 strokes behind 6th place UCF and 4 strokes behind 5th place San Jose State.
Yukie Sasaki shot a 69 (-3) and Aneka Seumanutafa a 70 (-2) to lead the Buckeyes. Niki Schroeder, Lauren Peter and Skylar Thompson all shot 77 (+5) to wrap up Ohio State scoring.
|NCAA Regional||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total||To Par|
|Team To Par||5||0||0||5|
Here’s the hole-by-hole scoring:
Aneka started exceedingly well with 3 birdies in her first eight holes and was -3 at that point. Play flattened out a bit and she was -1 through 14 holes, then played her final four holes in -1, featuring a birdie on #18.
Aneka played the par-3s to 3.00 (E), the par-4s to 3.88 (-1) and the par-5s to 4.80 (-1). She had 5 birdies and 10 pars. Aneka had no score higher than bogey and only three of those.
Niki struggled to get her round going and was +4 through five holes. However, she put together a nice two hour stretch and played the next 10 holes in -1. After a double bogey on #16, Niki closed with two consecutive pars. Her round of +5 isn’t bad when you consider that on 16 holes she was only +1; two holes bumped her round.
Niki played the par-3s to 3.20 (+1), the par-4s to 4.63 (+5) and the par-5s to 4.80 (-1). She had 1 birdie and a team leading 13 pars.
Lauren had a solid front nine and made the turn at +2. She got past a triple bogey on #14 to close with three pars and a birdie on #18. Like Niki, Lauren played very well, even par, for 16 holes. A double and a triple inflated her score.
Lauren played the par-3s to 3.20 (+1), the par-4s to 4.25 (+2) and the par-5s to 5.40 (+2). She had 2 birdies and 12 pars.
After a bogey on #2, Yukie played the next eleven holes in -3. After a bogey on #14, Yukie finished par-par-par-eagle! That was one helluva finish; it moved Yukie from -1 to -3 for the round.
Yukie played the par-3s to 2.80 (-1), the par-4s to 4.00 (E) and the par-5s to 4.60 (-2). She had 1 eagle, 3 birdies and 12 pars. Yukie had no score higher than bogey and only three of those.
Skylar struggled getting out of the blocks; she was +5 through six holes. Through eleven holes, Skylar was +6 prior to an inspired finish. She played the next eight holes in -1 to get back into the fold of team scoring.
Skylar played the par-3s to 3.00 (E), the par-4s to 4.63 (+5) and the par-5s to 5.00 (E). She had 1 birdie and 12 pars.
Stats & Stuff
Below is a frequency table of how the Buckeyes scored, such as number of birdies, number of pars, etc.
This was a pretty decent start for Ohio State. They were within a few strokes of the cut line. They were +2 at the turn and through 15 holes were +6. Some heroics on #18 (eagle by Yukie, birdies by Aneka and Lauren) enabled them to pick up a stroke an a couple of positions on the leaderboard.
The second round is Tuesday. Its moving day, folks.