(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 Course

The Tumble Creek Club at Suncadia Resort is set up at 6,306 yards long and plays to a par of 72.

The Format

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.

The Schedule

Play runs Monday, May 6th through Wednesday May 8th.

The Field

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,

The Buckeyes

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

 

Here is recap of Round 1 play

Recap:

Ohio State parlayed a second round 295 (+7), the fourth best round of the day, to position itself in a T-6th after two rounds. Their two round aggregate score of 588 (+12) has them tied with UCF and two strokes behind 5th place Northwestern.  Arkansas is in 4th place, five strokes clear of the Buckeyes. Fortunately, Ohio State is paired with Northwestern and Arkansas for the final round and UCF will be two groups in front of them. They’ll know exactly where they stand at all times.

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For the 2nd round, Aneka Seumanutafa a 70 (-2) to lead the Buckeyes. Lauren Peter shot a 74 (+2), Niki Schroeder a 75 (+3) and Yukie Sasaki a 76 (+4) to account for team scoring. Skylar Thompson shot a 78 (+6) to wrap up Buckeye scoring.

 

Buckeye Scores

  NCAA Regional Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total To Par
T-6 Team 293 295 0 588 12
5 Aneka Seumanutafa 70 70 0 140 -4
T-56 Niki Schroeder 77 75 0 152 8
T-49 Lauren Peter 77 74 0 151 7
T-13 Yukie Sasaki 69 76 0 145 1
T-71 Skylar Thompson 77 78 0 155 11
  Team To Par 5 7 0 12

Here’s the hole-by-hole scoring:

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Aneka

Aneka started steady and finished strongly. She made the turn at even par and was +1 through 11 holes. Aneka birdied 3 of her final 7 holes for a back nine of -2 and her second consecutive round of 70 (-2).

Aneka played the par-3s to 3.00 (E), the par-4s to 4.00 (E) and the par-5s to 4.60 (-2). She had 4 birdies and 12 pars. Aneka  again had no score higher than bogey and only two of those.

For two rounds, Aneka played the par-3s to 3.00 (E), the par-4s to 3.94 (-1) and the par-5s to 4.70 (-3). She had 9 birdies and 22 pars. Aneka  had no score higher than bogey.

Niki

Niki had an interesting round. After starting with a birdie, she played her next seven holes in +3 before a birdie on #9 got her to the turn at +1. She birdied two of her next four holes to go to -1 on the round. Unfortunately, the back nine par-5s done did her in. She played the remaining five holes in +4 to card a round of 75 (+3).

Niki played the par-3s to 2.80 (-1), the par-4s to 3.80 (-2) and the par-5s to 6.20 (+6). She had 5 birdies and 8 pars.

For two rounds, Niki played the par-3s to 3.00 (E), the par-4s to 4.19 (+3) and the par-5s to 5.50 (+5). She had 6 birdies and 21 pars.

Lauren

Lauren had a very steady – and well played round. She mixed 3 bogeys and 2 birdies on the front side to make the turn at +1. Lauren’s back nine was a pretty smooth +1 affair of 8 pars and 1 bogey.

Lauren played the par-3s to 2.80 (-1), the par-4s to 4.25 (+2) and the par-5s to 5.20 (+1). She had 2 birdies and 12 pars. Lauren had no score higher than bogey and only four of them.

For two rounds, Lauren played the par-3s to 3.00 (E), the par-4s to 4.25 (+4) and the par-5s to 5.30 (+3). She had 4 birdies and 24 pars.

Yukie

Yukie didn’t have the fireworks that she had in her opening round. a birdie on hole #9 got her to the turn at +1 and her 3 bogey-6 par back nine gave her a nice 76 (+4). She was +3 through 12 holes, then leveled off to play the final six holes in +1. Her 76 (+4) was the last team score.

Yukie played the par-3s to 3.40 (+2), the par-4s to 4.13 (+1) and the par-5s to 5.20 (+1). She had 1 birdie and 12 pars. Yukie  had no score higher than bogey and had five of them.

For two rounds, Yukie played the par-3s to 3.10 (+2), the par-4s to 4.06 (+1) and the par-5s to 4.90 (-1). She had 4 birdies and 24 pars.

Skylar

Skylar had a tale of two nines. After birdieing the 4th hole, she made five consecutive pars to make the turn at +1. Her back nine was a conglomeration of 2 birdies, 3 bogeys and 2 double bogeys for a +5 and a round of 78 (+6).

Skylar played the par-3s to 3.20 (+1), the par-4s to 4.75 (+6) and the par-5s to 4.80 (-1). She had 3 birdies and 8 pars.

For two rounds, Skylar played the par-3s to 3.10 (+1), the par-4s to 4.69 (+11) and the par-5s to 4.90 (-1). She had 4 birdies and 20 pars.

Stats & Stuff

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 1 12 59 13 4 1
2 0 15 52 19 3 1
3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 27 111 32 7 2

Comments

This was the type of round the Buckeyes needed. They played well enough, 4th best score, actually, to move into contention to advance to the Finals. The young Buckeyes need to stay unaffected by their environment. To trot out a worn cliche – every shot counts today.

Up Next

The final round is Wednesday.

Go Buckeyes!