(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat)
The Ohio State Women’s Golf (OSUWG) team were in Chicago, IL for the Windy City Collegiate at the Glen View Golf Club.
Course: Glen View is set up at 6,368 yards, playing to par 72. I’d guess its course rating is 72.1 with a slope of 135. My home course, with yardage of 6,412 is a par 71 with a rating of 70.2 and a slope of 113. With my Index of 10.9, I’d get 13 strokes at Glen View compared to 11 at my home course. I’m confident I’d need every one of Glen View’s’ 13 strokes.
Schedule: Thirty-six holes on Monday followed by 18 holes on Tuesday.
Format: The familiar “play 5, count 4”.
Field: This is a 15 team field, below.
Arizona, Arizona State, Augusta State, Duke, Florida, Iowa State, Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Purdue, South Carolina, Southern California, Vanderbilt, and Virginia
Ohio State lineup
- Skylar Thompson | So.
- Aneka Seumanutafa | So.
- Adeena Shears | Sr.
- Yukie Sasaki | Jr.
- Lauren Peter | So.
The Buckeyes finished in 12th place with a three round aggregate score of 299-297-290 = 886 (+22). For the second consecutive tournament, the team but showed round over round improvement.
The Buckeyes were led by Lauren Peter’s three round total of 215 (-1). Aneka Seumanutafa had a 224 (+8), Skylar Thompson a 226 (+10), Yukie Sasaki a 226 (+10) and Adeena Shears with a 231 (+15).
Lauren finished T-11 in the 81 player field. Aneka finished T-53, Skylar and Yuki T-57 and Adeena T-72.
|Pos||Windy City Challenge||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total||To Par|
Lauren shot 73-71-71 = 221 (-1). She had team high 9 birdies and 38 pars. Lauren averaged 3.08 on the par 3s, 3.97 on the par 4s and 4.92 on the par 5s. This is the 2nd event where Lauren has led the Buckeyes in birdies. Also, to average below par on par-4s is extraordinary golf.
Aneka had rounds of 75-77-72 = 223 (+8). She had 5 birdies and 36 pars. Aneka averaged 3.42 on the par 3s, 4.17 on the par 4s and 5.00 on the par 5s.
Skylar had rounds of 74-75-77 = 226 (+10). She had 3 birdies and a team high 39 pars. This is the second tournament where Skylar has led the team in pars. Skylar averaged 3.00 on the par 3s, 4.30 on the par 4s and 5.08 on the par 5s.
Yuki had a tournament of 77-75-74 = 226 (+10). She had 5 birdies and 35 pars. Yuki averaged 3.50 on the par 3s, 4.10 on the par 4s and 5.08 on the par 5s.
Adeena shot 82-76-73 = 231 (+15). She had 6 birdies and 31 pars. Adeena averaged 3.42 on the par 3s, 4.37 on the par 4s and 4.92 on the par 5s. Clearly, par-5 play was not an issue.
Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.25 strokes, +15 to par, which ranked them 13th in that category. They played the par-4’s to 4.18, +27 to par, ranking 10th. The par-5’s were played to 5.00, even to par, ranking them 11th.
Below is the score-to-par table. You can see that as the tournament progressed, they had more holes of “par or better” per round, particularly the higher number of birdies in the final round.
One final thing on their final round. Their team score for their opening nine (holes #10 – #18) was a crisp -2 to par. They gave a few strokes back on their closing nine (+4), but I do like the way they played well to begin their final round.
Things are pretty much wrapping up for the season. Due to some personal business, I’m “ball in pocket” for the next two weeks. Hopefully we get some dry, temperate mid-October weather so I can get a couple more rounds in.
Although I dislike practicing, about a month ago I spent some time on the practice green working on various chip/pitch shots. Unsurprisingly, my best three rounds of the summer (78, 84, 83) followed. I mention this because a few year ago, in a conversation with OSUWG coach Therese Hession, I asked her what her focus was on at practices. She replied, “short game and game management”. Based on my anecdotal results, she appears to be right.
At about the time I was working on my short game, I needed to work on my iron play, which was a shambles. Rather than beat balls at the range, I left my woods in my car trunk and played nine holes with only my irons. I scored just as well (42) as with a full set of clubs and my iron play is back to where it used to be.
The Buckeyes travel to Chapel Hill, NC for the Tar Heel Invitational. The event is scheduled for Friday, October 11 – Sunday October 13th.