(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat)
Amanda Shears enjoys a pleasant Tuesday morning on the course.
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 started well, faltered in mid-round a bit, then finished strongly for a third round 301 (+17). They finished the event in T15th place with a total score of 904 (+52).
For the round, the Buckeyes were led by Yukie Sasaki and Skylar Thompson with 72 (+1) each. Lauren Peter had a 78 (+7), Aneka Seumanutafa a 79 (+8) and Sofia Seldemirova an 83 (+12). Competing as Individuals, Adeena Shears shot a 71 (E) and Alex Wright an 83 (+12).
For the tournament, the Low Buckeye was Adeena with a 217 (+4). She was followed by Lauren 225 (+12), Yukie 227 (+14), Aneka 229 (+16) Skylar 230 (+17), Alex 237 (+24) and Sofia 241 (+28).
Adeena finished T21 in the 84 player field. She was followed by Lauren T54, Yukie T58, AnekaT67, Skylar T71, Alex 82 and Sofia 83.
|Northrup Grumman||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total||To Par|
|Adeena Shears (I)||73||73||71||217||4|
|Alex Wright (I)||78||76||83||237||24|
The final round was played as a shotgun start.
Lauren had nines of 40-38-78. Lauren began her round on the 14th hole. She opened with four pars and a bogey. She also closed her round with a stretch of three pars and a bogey. In between, she had four pars and five bogeys.
For the tournament, Lauren had 4 birdies and 35 pars.
Aneka had nines of 44-35-79. Aneka began her round on the 15th hole. She was -1 through two holes, then the round fell apart. Aneka played the next seven holes in +9, wrecking any chance of having a helpful team score. Fortunately, Anaka found her late round game and birdied three of her four final holes.
For the tournament, Aneka had team leading 8 birdies and 27 pars.
Yuki had nines of 35-37-72. Yuki began her round on the 16th hole. Her round started ‘meh’ at +2 through four holes. At that pint, Yuki put on a clinic; she played the next thirteen holes in even par before birdieing the final hole to add some flourish to her day.
For the tournament, Yuki had 6 birdies and 34 pars.
Sofia had nines of 41-42-83. Sofia began her round on the 17th hole. Unlike yesterday’s masterpiece, the was a strouggle for the entire round. She was +5 through four holes, which indicated how the rest of the round. Sofia managed to intersperse four pairs of pars throughout the round, but no birdies. A tough day at the ranch…
For the tournament, Sofia had 4 birdies and 24 pars.
Skylar had nines of 37-35-72. Skylar began her round on the 17th hole. She opened with three consecutive pars before making a bogey, so she had built some momentum. Through fourteen holes, Skylar was working on a very solid round of +2. She upped the game by playing her closing four holes in -1 to mark her scorecard at +1 for the day. A nice way to finish a tournament.
For the tournament, Skylar had 5 birdies and 29 pars.
Adeena had nines of 35-36-71. Adeena began her round on the 18th hole. She began it with a par and followed with four more. She bogeyed the par-5, 5th hole then birdied the par-3 8th hole. After a bogey on the par-4, 13th, Adeena was at +1 for the round. She closed ot her final four holes in -1 to card an even par round.
For the tournament, Adeena had 6 birdies and a team leading 38 pars. As a historical note, in last year’s event, Adeena had 37 pars to lead Ohio State. Overall, she was T3 in par-3 scoring and T3 with number of pars. She was also Low Buckeye.
Alex had nines of 44-39-83. Alex began her round on the 18th hole. After two holes, Alex was even par – so far, so good. Then all hell broke loose. Over her next eleven holes, she was +13 to par. Alex did birdie 3 of the five closing holes, but doubled the final hole.
For the tournament, Alex had 6 birdies and 24 pars.
Hole by hole
This was a brutal tournament for couple reasons. The opening round weather was inclement, to put it mildly. The golf ball is pushed by an Invisible Hand and regardless of your protective clothing, you are going to get wet and chilled. That was a one-day only affect. The large number of top rated teams presented a three day pressure cooker.
Playing par-4s well is important, because there are a lot of them on the course. Ohio State’s play did improve on the par-4s round by round.
We Have Stats
Note: the scoring stats in the following two paragraphs are for team play only. Individual play scores are not included.
In the third round, Ohio State played the par 3’s to an average of 3.45 strokes, +9 to par, which was exactly the same as the 1st round. They played the par-4’s to 4.317, +17, which was another round of improved par-4 play. The par-5’s were played to 5.20, +3 to par.
For the tournament, they played the par 3’s to an average of 3.37 strokes, +22 to par, the par-4’s to 4.36, +60 to par and the par-5’s were played to 5.11, +5 to par. Compared to last year’s performance, this team played the par-3s better than last year, the par-4s a good bit worse and the par-5s slightly better. They improved every round in par-4 play, so that’s envouraging and a good coaching point.
The Buckeyes participate in the Westbrook Spring Invitational in Peoria, AZ. The tournament is scheduled February 23-24.