(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.
Ohio State struggled in the opening round, but showed marked improvement in round two. Here is the 1st round recap. As a refresher, here is Ohio State’s lineup, below.
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.
So, with two rounds in the books, the Buckeyes performed in the 2nd round as I’d hoped they would. They improved their play and bettered their previous round by 9 strokes. Ther 2nd round score of 297 (+13) didn’t move them up the leaderboard, but it reflected a general game improvement.
In the 2nd round, Ohio State was led by Sofia Seldemirova with a 70 (-1). She was followed by Lauren Peter with a 74 (+3), Aneka Seumanutafa with a 76 (+5) while Yuki Sasaki and Skylar Thompson each shot 77 (+6).
In Individual Play, Adeena Shears shot her second 73 (+2) and Alex Wright shot a 76 (+5).
Through two rounds, Adeena’s score of 146 (+4) is T28. Lauren’s 147 (+5) is T34, Aneka’s 150 (+8) is T45, Alex’s 154 (+12) is T65, is Yuki’s 155 (+13) is T71 and Sofia’s and Skylar’s 158s (+16) are T78.
|Northrup Grumman||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total||To Par|
|Adeena Shears (I)||73||73||0||146||4|
|Alex Wright (I)||78||76||0||154||12|
Team play began on hole #1; Individual play on hole #10.
Lauren had nines of 36-38-74. She was +2 through six holes. She was -2 through the next seven holes, a very nice stretch indeed. Lauren stumbled with a double bogey on #17, but she played three of her final four holes in par, so that’s good.
Aneka had nines of 36-40-76. She opened with 4 pars, dropped a stroke, then parred out her front nine. She did have a birdie on her back nine, but also two double bogeys. Aneka played in “stretches” this round. In her first 11 holes, she had 10 pars and was +1 during this stretch. Her closing five hole stretch was also +1.
Yuki had nines of 36-41-77. Yuki had a bizarre round. She was +4 through three holes and things looked grim. She birdied 3 of the next six holes to mke the turn at +1; quite a turnaround. Her inward nine had a triple bogey on the middling 12th hole embedded in six pars. Two closing bogeys were anticlimatic. Aside from the triple, Yuki played some explosive golf. She birdied holes #5, #7 and #9. In roughly an hour of play, she got as many birdies as I would take three rounds. Amazing.
No doubt Sofia had the biggest improvment fron the first round; an 18 stroke improvement, to be precise. That’s a stroke a hole. Impressive. She opened with a birdie and was -2 through six holes, making the turn at -1. Her inward nine had 2 birdies 2 bogeys and 5 pars for a smooth even par on the nine.
Skylar had nines of 38-39-77. She made the turn at +3 then bogeyed the 10th hole. Skylar did a nice job of settling in by playing her closing 8 holes in +2.
Adeena remained solid with nines of 37-36-73. She was smooth on her opening side with nine pars. Her homeward nine was a bit more exciting with 2 birdies and 4 bogeys, but a 73 is good golf regardless what form it takes. It’s her second round with no score higher than bogey. Her second consecutive round of 73 has her placed as Low Buckeye.
Alex had nines of 38-38-76 to improve two stroks from round one. She had a pretty clean opening nine with 7 pars and 2 bogeys. Her inward nine had a birdie, 4 pars and 4 bogeys. Alex has only one double-bogey in two rounds – that’s good.
Hole by Hole
Here is the round 2 hole by hole scoring for the Buckeyes.
As a general review, I look at “holes par or better” and “holes worse than bogey”. The former indicates how much things went right; the latter how much they went wrong. Comparing the two rounds, there wasn’t much improvement in the “went wrong” category, with the team losing two less strokes to par. There was a significant improvement in the “went right” catgory – the team improved 15 strokes.
Note: the scoring stats in the following two paragraphs are for team play only. Individual play stats are not included.
For the round, Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.20 strokes, +4 to par. They played the par-4’s to 4.35, +19 to par. The par-5’s were played to 4.73, -4 to par.
Through two rounds, Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.33 strokes, +13 to par., which ranked them 12th in that category. They played the par-4’s to 4.39, +43 to par, ranking 16th. The par-5’s were played to 5.07, +2 to par, ranking them 14th
For the round, Ohio State carded 56 pars and 11 birdies.The field averaged 75.56 strokes. The Buckeyes averaged 77.86. A tough day for all.
Through two rounds, Ohio State carded 101 pars, ranking them 12th and scored 18 birdies, good for 16th.
Next up – round three on Tuesday morning. There is a shotgun start at 8:30 am (Left Coast Time).