(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) rolled into southern California for the Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge. This is the 25th year of this event and Ohio State again serves as the host team.
Course: Palos Verdes Golf Club is set up at 6,017 yards, playing to par 71.
Schedule: Sequential tee-off from the first tee on Sunday and Monday at 9:00 am Pacific Time. Tuesday shotgun start at 8:30 am PT.
Format: The familiar “play 5, count 4” with teams also fielding players to participate as Individuals.
Field: This is an 16 team field, with 12 teams currently ranked in Golfstat’s Top 25. The top seven teams and eight of the top ten teams will tee it up. This is a relly loaded field; even better than last year’s. Below are the teams (alphabetically) with their ranking.
#31 Auburn, #7 Arizona, #2 Arizona State, #12 Duke, #9 Florida, #3 Kent State, #41 Ohio State, #17 Oregon, #46 Pepperdine, #6 Stanford, #1 Texas, #20 UCLA, #5 USC, #19 Vanderbilt, #4 Wake Forest, #51 Washington
Ohio State lineup
1. Aneka Seumanutafa | So.
2. Yukie Sasaki | Jr.
3. Sofia Seldemirova | Jr.
4. Lauren Peter | So.
5. Skylar Thompson | So.
IND. Adeena Shears | Sr.
IND. Alex Wright | Sr.
The team got their Spring Schedule off with gtting the opening round of the Northrup Grumman out of the way. Let’s just say their round of 306 (+22) had them in 14th place and likely provided some coaching moments.
The weather was brutal for golf – very windy and rainy, hence the high field score (75.56 strokes). In fact, four teams (Oregon, Duke, Wake Forest and Stanford have four holes to play Monday morning to complete the first round.
The Buckeyes were led by Lauren Peter’s 73 (+2). Aneka Seumanutafa 74 (+3), Yuki Sasaki’s 78 (+7) and Skylar Thompson’s 81 (+10) provided the team score. Sofia Seldemirova rounded out team play with an 88 (+17).
Competing as Individuals, Adeena Shears shot a 73 (+2) and Alex Wright a 78 (+7).
After the first round, Lauren and Adeena are T-19 in the 84 player field. Aneka is T-29, Yuki and Alex are T-63, Skylar is T-74 and Sofia is 84th.
|Northrup Grumman||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total||To Par|
|Adeena Shears (I)||73||0||0||73||2|
|Alex Wright (I)||78||0||0||78||7|
Team play began on hole #10; Individual play on hole #1.
Lauren opened with nines of 36-37-73. She was was incredibly consistent. Her 12 pars tied for most of any Buckeye. Her 4 bogeys were tied for fewest of the Buckeyes and her two birdies were second on the team. She avoided putting up big numbers and was a mainstay for Ohio State during the round.
Aneka had matching nines 0f 37-37-74. Beginning on the 10th hole, she played her initial nine in 1 birdie six pars and 2 bogeys. Pretty smmoth sailing. Her back nine was choppier with 2 birdies and4 bogeys, but it still netted out to another 37.
Yuki had nines of 39-39-78. She opened with seven consecutive pars befre stumbling with a triple bogey on hole #17. Her back nine was more exciting with a blend of everything to a birdie to a double bogey for another 39.
Sofia had nines of 42-46-88. This ws a day where she just couldn’t get anythng going. She had 6 bogeys and two double bogeys on her opening nine. Here final two ors comprised of another two doubl bogeys and three bogeys. She scratched out 5 pars but no birdies. A tough day out there.
Skylar had nines of 40-41-81. She was at one point in decent shape – +3 through seven holes. However, a mid-round stretch of six consecutive bogeys stalld her round. Skylar did finish her round by playing here closing five holes in +1, so that was a nice recovery.
What I said for Lauren, above applies equally to Adeena. She had a team best front nine of 35 to go with her back nine of 38. Adeena also had 2 birdies, 4 bogeys and 12 pars. Here scorecard was about as clean as you could get.
Alex had nines of 41-37-78. Alex got her round off to a great start with birdie on the 1st hole, then ran into tough stretch to shoot her 41. Her back nine was a thing of beauty with 1 birdie and six pars.
Hole by Hole
Here is he hole by hole scoring for the Buckeyes.
Note: the scoring stats in the following two paragraphs are for team play only. Individual play stats are not included.
Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.45 strokes, +9 to par, which ranked them 12th in that category. They played the par-4’s to 4.44, +24 to par, ranking 15th. The par-5’s were played to 5.40, +6 to par, ranking them 15th.
Ohio State carded 45 pars, ranking them 13th and scored 7 birdies, good for 12th. The field averaged 75.56 strokes. The Buckeyes averaged 77.86. A tough day for all.
Next up – round two on Monday. There is a sequestial start at 9:30 am (Left Coast Time).