(Photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat)
Ohio State began its 2018-2019 season in Ann Arbor, MI this weekend at the East & West Match Play Challenge. Eight teams will compete in grueling 36 hole stroke play on Sunday to determine seeding for the ensuing two day match play portion.
The East & West Match Play Challenge. This is 36 holes (two rounds) of stroke play on Sunday followed by match play on Monday and Tuesday.
The Radrick Farms Golf Course was set up to a length of 6,292 yards and played to par 72. From these tees, the course is rated at 70.4 with a slope of 125. For comparison, the course I play is a bit longer with a rating/slope of 70.2/113. Even a 150 yards shorter, Radrick Farms is a stronger test of golf.
The team format is a “play 5, count 4”.
The eight team field is:
Iowa State, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, Oregon State, Texas A&M, UC Davis, Wisconsin (host school)
The Buckeyes will tee it up with:
1. Jaclyn Lee | Sr.
2. Niki Schroeder | Sr.
3. Yukie Sasaki | So.
4. Lauren Peter | Fr.
5. Alanis Sakuma | So.
Ind. Adeena Shears |Jr.
This is an intriguing lineup for the Buckeyes. There is veteran leadership with Jaclyn and Niki. Up-and-coming players with Alanis and Adeena. Somewhat unproven players in Yukie and Lauren. This is basically the same “formula” that coaches Hession and Snider used in last year’s event.
That’s the set-up. How’d it go?
The stroke play portion set the table, and positioning (seeding) of the eight teams for the match play portion, where the actual Championship is determined.
The Buckeyes shot a two-round team score of 292-293-585 (+9) to finish in 4th place. This put them in the quarterfinal match in the championship bracket against #1 seed UC Davis.
The Buckeyes were led by medalist Jaclyn Lee with a two round score of 140 (-4). She was followed by Lauren Peter in 17th place with a score of 147 (+3), Niki Schroeder and Yukie Sasaki in T-23rd place with scores of 149 (+5) and Alanis Sakuma in T-38th place with a score of 154 (+10).
In Individual play, Adeena Shears had rounds of 74-79-153 (+9), which tied her for 35th place..
|East & West Match Play||Rd 1||Rd 2||Total||To Par|
|Adeena Sheers (I)||74||79||153||9|
Match Play Quarterfinal
Ohio State faced #1 seed UC Davis in the first round. The Buckeyes lost their opening match, 3-2 in a very closely played series of individual matches.
Jaclyn won her individual match by a convincing 5&4 score over Samantha Hutchinson. Her match was all square (AS) through three holes but Jaclyn birdied two of her three closing holes on the front to take a 2-up lead at the turn. Jaclyn went 3-up on the 10th hole and held a 4-up lead after hole #13. At 4-up with 5 to play, she was in pretty good shape. Jaclyn won the next hole to close out the match.
Lauren prevailed in her match 2&1 over Rei Nakatani. She played very solid golf on the front nine (shooting 36) to take a 2-up lead at the turn. She lost the 11th hole to go to 2-up, but finished the round, and her opponent by matching score to close out her match on the 17th hole.
Niki lost her match 1-up to Madison Wood. Niki was actually 2-up at the turn and was 2-up through hole #12. Unfortunately, Niki went on a stretch of four consecutive bogeys to go to 2-down with 2 to play. A birdie on the 17th hole pulled her to within 1-down, but matching bogeys on the last hole closed out the match.
Alanis lost her match to Christine Danielsson 4&3. The match was actually AS through 10 holes before Christine took charge. Over the next four holes, Christine was -2 whole Alanis was +3. The match went from AS to Alanis 4-down. Yikes. Both players matched 4’s on the 15th hole and Alanis was closed out.
Yukie lost her match 1-up to Yoonhee Kim in a really entertaining match. Through three holes, the match was AS. Yukie held a 1-up lead through most of the front nine, but Yoonhee’s birdie on #9 brought them to AS at the turn. Yoonhee took a 2-up lead through 13 but Yukie went par-birdie to bring the match to AS through 14 holes. Yukie bogeyed the 17th hole to go 1-down, and matching pars on #18 ended the match in Yoonhee’s favor.
In Individual, not Team, Match Play, Adeena defeated Hannah Sun, 3&2. This placed her in the Individual Finals against Michigan’s Hannah Ghelfi.
Match Play Semifinal
Ohio State faced Oregon State to determine the #3 finisher. In another closely contested set of matches, the Buckeyes prevailed 3&2 to bring home the Bronze.
Jaclyn won her match by a convincing 5&3 score over Susie Cavanagh. Her match was AS through six holes but Jaclyn, again, birdied two of her three closing holes on the front to take a 2-up lead at the turn. Jaclyn went dormie-4 with a par on #14. She closed out the match with a birdie on the 15th hole. Nice finish…
Lauren prevailed in her match 3&1 over Olivia Benzin. Their match was AS through four holes before Lauren birdied two of her next three holes to take a 3-up lead at the turn. A 3-up lead at the turn can be tough to overcome. Olivia narrowed Lauren’s lead to 1-up through 12, but Lauren won the next two holes to re-establish the 3-up margin. Lauren was 2-up through #16, but she won the 17th hole to close out the match.
Niki lost her match 5&3 to Ellia Slama. The match was AS through 6 holes. Ellia birdied two of the next three holes and Niki was 2-down at the turn. On the back nine, Niki couldn’t make any headway and was 4-down with 4 to play. Niki lost the 15th hole and that was the match.
Alanis won her match against Nicole Schroeder 1-up, due to forfeit.
Yukie lost her match 3&2 to Amanda Minni. Although 3-down at the turn (seems to be a theme in this semifinal match), Yukie did make things a bit interesting on the back nine. She did pull to within 1-down through 14. However, Amanda birdied the next two holes to close out the match.
Adeena won the Individual match play title by beating her second consecutive Hannah. This time, it was Michigan’s Hannah Ghelfi that fell to Adeena 2&1.
Congratulations, Adeena. That trophy looks good with your name on it, doesn’t it?
A Few Takeaways
A good outing by the Buckeyes. They had a very good performance in the stroke play portion, particularly Jaclyn Lee, who won medalist honors.
Jaclyn (2-0 record) played very well in the match ply portion. So well, she never saw the last three holes. Lauren (2-0) played well. Her matches were much closer, which is fine. Nothing tests the nerves like the last 2-3 holes in match play. Adeena (2-0) was “sort of okay” in stroke play, then turned in on to win both her matches. It really is two forms of golf… Niki (0-2) had a tough go in match play, but she probably had the toughest draws of anyone on OSU’s team. Yuki (0-2) had the misfortune of watching both her match play opponents go on birdie runs to beat her. Alanis actually played fairly well, but a tough four hole stretch hurt her in her first match. She won her second by forfeit, so pretty limited data set for Alanis this week.