(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Dept and Big Ten.. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Birdiefire.)
The Buckeyes head to warmer climes (Peoria, AZ to be precise) for the three-round, two-day Westbrook Spring Invitational.
This is the typical “play 5, count 4” format. This gives teams a little wiggle room in the scoring, but not much. Teams can also enter a player to play as an Individual.
The 16 team field includes 1 team rated in the Golfstat Top-25 rankings. The contestants are:
Denver, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, #66 Ohio State, #24 Oklahoma, Oregon State, Tennessee, UC Davis, Washington State, Wisconsin
- Aneka Seumanutafa | Fr.
- Yukie Sasaki | So.
- Lauren Peter | Fr.
- Adeena Shears | Jr.
- Sofia Seldemirova | So.
Ind. Niki Schroeder| Sr.
That’s the set-up. How’d the final round go?
Here is Day One Recap.
Aneka Seumanutafa shot her third consecutive round in the 60’s to win Medalist honors and help the Buckeyes advance into 10th place in the tournament. The final round team score of 283 (-3) tied for 2nd lowest score of the day and gave Ohio State a tournament score of 867 (+3) and solo 10th place.
As a side note, Aneka’s rounds of 69-68-67-204 (-12) set OSU season and (young) career marks for her. In last year’s WSI, Jaclyn Lee also set Buckeye career marks in her play to also win medalist honors. There must be something about this tournament…
Aneka Seumanutafa had rounds of 69-68-67-204 (-12) to lead the Buckeyes and win medalist honors. Yuki Sasaki shot 75-73-71-219 (+3), Lauren Peter a 75-75-72-222 (+6), Adeena Shears a 72-77-73-222 (+6) and Sofia Seldemirova a 75-77-76-228 (+12).
In Individual play, Niki Schroeder had rounds of 70-71-71-212 (-4). A very good tournament for Niki.
For the tournament, Aneka was 1st in the 93 player field. Niki finished T-9th, Yuki T-43rd, Lauren T-62nd, Adeena T-62nd and Sofia T-85th.
|Westbrook Spring Inv||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total||To Par|
|Niki Schroeder (I)||70||71||71||212||-4|
|Team to Par||3||5||-5||3||3|
Aneka continued to dominate play in her final round. Her 1 eagle tied seven others for 1st place and her 17 birdies were most in the field. Aneka placed 2nd in par-4 scoring at 3.83 strokes and 2nd in par-5 scoring at 4.33 per hole.
Yukie had a solid tournament. Her par-3 scoring average of 3.00 was T-16th. Her 10 birdies were T-18th in the field. In her final round, she had a ten hole stretch where she was -2 to par.
Lauren’s 39 par for the event put her in T-14th in the field on that measure. In her final round, she had a seven hole stretch where she was -2 to par and other seven hole stretch where she was level par.
Adeena moved past a second round ‘speed bump’ with a nice closing round of 73 (+1). Despite bogeys on two of her opening four holes, she played the next fourteen holes in -1 to par, including 3 birdies.
Sofia played the par-3s in 3.00 to finish T-16th in that statistic. Her 38 pars T-26th in the field. In her final round, beginning on the 15th hole, she had a 13 hole stretch where she was +2; only marred by a double bogey on hole #1.
Niki continued her stellar play with her third consecutive sub-par round. Her par-4 scoring average of 4.00 was T-18th and her par-5 average of 4.67 was T-10th. Her 14 total birdies were tied for 3rd most in the field.
Stats & Stuff
Ohio State had 27 birdies on the day, giving them 41 for the tournament, ranking them 9th. They had 61 pars, giving them a tourney total of 176, good for 12th place. Aneka’s eagle gave them 1 for the round, one for the event putting them in a T-2nd place.
For the round, the Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 3.10, +2 to par. They finished at 3.07, +4 and 5th for the event. They played the par-4s to 3.96, -2 to par and 4.11, +17 for the event, ranking them 11th. They played the par-5s to 4.95, -1 to par and 4.90, -6 for the event, ranking them 10th.
Below is a frequency table of how the Buckeyes scored, such as number of birdies, number of pars, etc…
This third round was a much improved team effort. Actually, I’m sure the effort was there for all three rounds, the Buckeyes saw the benefits in the final round.
This was a well needed closing round. Aneka had her game in high gear and shot season and (obviously OSU career) low rounds in her early play. As a whole, all the Buckeyes played well to close out this tournament.
Ohio State travels to Gainesville FL for the Lady Gator Invitational. The tournament is scheduled Saturday March 9 – Sunday March 10.