(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of BirdieFire)

The Ohio State Women’s Golf team travels to Peoria, AZ for the Westbrook Invitational. This is a sixteen team field with 54 holes of competition played over two days. Thirty-six holes are scheduled for Sunday and the final eighteen on Monday.

Course: Westbrook Village Golf Club – Vistas Course. It is set up at 6,252 yards, playing to par 72.

Schedule: Shotgun tee-off on Sunday and Monday at 9:00 am Mountain Time (11:00 am Eastern).

Format: Play 5, count 4 with teams also fielding players to participate as Individuals.

Field: This is an 16 team field. Below are the participants and their current Golfstat ranking.

College of Charleston #64, Denver #47, Illinois #19, Indiana #55, Iowa #110, Kansas State #85, Mississippi State #30, Missouri #81, Nebraska #92, Notre Dame #75, Ohio State #45, Oklahoma #28, Tennessee #50, UC Davis #72, UNLV #84, Wisconsin #71

Ohio State lineup

1. Aneka Seumanutafa | So.
2. Yukie Sasaki | Jr.
3. Lauren Peter | So.
4. Adeena Shears | Sr.
5. Skylar Thompson | So.
IND. Alex Wright | Sr.

Recap

The  Buckeyes had a very solid opening day performance. Their 36 hole scoring of 575 (-1) placed them in T-9th with Missouri. They had a 289 (+1 in the morning round and a 286 (-2) in the afternoon round.

The Buckeyes were led by Aneka Seumanutafa’s  70-68-138 (-6). She was followed by Lauren Peter 72-73-145 (+1), Skylar Thompson 74-73-147 (+3), Yukie Sasaki 73-75-148 (+4) and Adeena Shears 77-72-149 (+5).

Competing as an Individual, Alex Wright shot 77-77-154 (+10).

After the first day, Aneka is 6th in the 90 player field. Lauren is T-43, Skylar T-53, Yukie T-59, Adeena T-66 and Alex T-85,

One thing of note occurred in the afternoon round. Anna Zanusso of The University of Denver tied an NCAA scoring mark with a score of 61. She had 11 birdies and 7 pars. Seriously…

Buckeye Scoring

Westbrook Spring Inv Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total To Par
Team 289 286 0 575 -1
Aneka Seumanutafa 70 68 0 138 -6
Yukie Sasaki 73 75 0 148 4
Lauren Peter 72 73 0 145 1
Adeena Shears 77 73 0 150 6
Skylar Thompson 74 72 0 146 2
Alex Wright (I) 77 77 0 154 10
Team to Par 1 -2 0 -1 -1

Aneka

Aneka was +2 through ten holes in her opening round. She birdied 3 of the next five holes to get to -1 then birdied her penultimate hole to finish at -2. The afternoon round was almost the same drill; through her first eight holes, Aneka was +2. Remember that “birdie 3 of 5” hole stretch in the morning round? She birdied all five of them in the afternoon. She birdied her final hole to close out a -4 round.

Aneka had 13 birdies. 16 pars and 7 bogeys.  Her 13 birdies placed her T-3 in the field. She tied with Lauren for fewest bogeys on the team for the day. She had the fewest pars on the team, but if you’re busy making birdies, it’s understandable…

Yukie

Yukie mixed in 3 birdies and 4 bogeys in her morning round. She had an eight hole stretch on the front nine where she was -1. In the afternoon round, Yukie had only 1 birdie, but it was part of a ten hole stretch where she was -1.

Yukie had 4 birdies. 24 pars and 8 bogeys. Yukie tied Alex with most pars by a Buckeye on the first day.

Lauren

Lauren clearly had moments of solid play to finish +1 over thirty-six holes. Interestingly, Lauren had the longest stretch of par-or-better play of anyone on the team. In her morning round, at no point was she over par. In her afternoon round, Lauren was par-or-better for her first six holes. That’s 5 1/2 – 6 hours of never being over par. That’s astounding.

Lauren had 6 birdies. 23 pars and 7 bogeys. Lauren tied with Aneka for fewest Buckeye bogeys on the day.

Adeena

Adeena struggled with only 1 birdie and 6 bogeys on her opening round. At one point in her afternoon round, she was -3 through eight holes before settling back for an even par round. Adeena had a nine hole stretch of -4 in her afternoon round.

Adeena had 5 birdies. 21 pars and 10 bogeys.

Skylar

Skylar had a very solid day of +3 aggregate for both rounds.  In the morning round, she had an eleven hole stretch where she was -2. In the afternoon, Skylar had eleven hole stretch of level par. Those are nice stretches.

Skylar had 5 birdies. 23 pars and 8 bogeys.

Alex (I)

Alex had an interesting day. Her opening round was fairly well played except for double bogeys on holes #7 – #8. She avoided double bogeys in the afternoon round, but tacked on a few more bogeys.

Alex had 2 birdies. 24 pars, 8 bogeys and 2 double bogeys. She actually led OSU in pars and was about average in bogeys, but the scarcity of birdies gave her no chance fr a good score.

Hole by Hole

Here is Round 1 hole by hole scoring.

Westbrook r1

 

Here’s Round 2 hole by hole scoring.

Westbrook r2

 

Scoring Breakdown

Round Eagle Birdie Par Bogey
1 0 14 56 20
2 0 19 51 20
3 0 0 0 0
Total 0 33 107 40

You’ll notice two things here. First, the Buckeyes sharpened their games in the afternoon. The number of birdies increased and the number of bogeys remained the same. Second, there were no scores higher than bogey. There were, collectively, 180 holes of golf and no one scored higher than a bogey. That is amazingly consistent. In a good way.

They are 4th in the field in birdies and 15th in pars. Their number of bogeys can be grinding on a scorecard, but, the team made a a hell of a lot of birdies and nothing higher than bogey – so we’re good here.

We have statistics

For the day, Ohio State played the par-3s in 3.22 strokes, +9 to par. They played the par-4s to 4.01 (+1) and the par-5’s to 4.93 (-3).

Comments

The Buckeyes had a decent enough morning round, then got down to business in the afternoon round.  They had stretches of good play, which should build a bit of momentum going into the final round. They are only four strokes out of 7th place and five out of 6th, so, who knows? It could get pretty exciting in final round.

Next up

Final round on Monday. There is a shotgun start at 8;30 am (Mountain Time).

Go Buckeyes!