(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat.com)
(Editor note: running a few days behind due to being out of town)
The Ohio State Women’s Golf team travels to Kane’ohe, O’ahu for the Dr. Donnis Thompson 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: Kane’ohe Klipper Golf Course was set up at 6,099 yards and par 72.
Schedule: Thirty-six holes on Tuesday, March 10 and 18 holes on Wednesday, March 11.
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.
Arizona State #3, Hawaii #164, James Madison #123, Kennesaw State #77, Montana State #210, Nevada #96, Ohio State #55, Osaka Gakuin N/A, San Diego State #49, Seattle U #125, Stetson #95, TCU #47, Texas El Paso #124, UNC Asheville #241, Xavier #138, Yale #82
Ohio State lineup
1. Aneka Seumanutafa | So.
2. Yukie Sasaki | Jr.
3. Lauren Peter | So.
4. Adeena Shears | Sr.
5. Skylar Thompson | So.
IND. Sofia Seldemirova | Jr.
The Buckeyes had a very solid opening round performance and maintained the high level of play to finish in 3rd place. Their rounds of 286-294-292-872 (+8) were 1 stroke out of second place, held by TCU.
The team was led by Aneka Seumanutafa’s 70-74-67-211 (-5). She was followed by Yukie Sasaki 69-72-757216 (E), Adeena Shears 75-74-74-223 (+7), Lauren Peter 72-77-76-225 (+9) and Skylar Thompson 76-74-77-227 (+11).
Competing as an Individual, Sofia Seldemirova shot 75-75-79-229 (+13).
For the event, Aneka finished 4th in the is 6th in the 92 player field. Yukie was T-8th, Adeena T-24th, Lauren T-32nd, Skylar T-38th and Sofia T-48.
|Thompson Invitational||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total|
|Sofia Seldemirova (I)||75||75||79||229|
|Team to Par||-2||6||4||8|
Aneka had a total score of -5 to par, so a whole lot went right for her. Of note was her opening round where she had matching nines of 1 birdie/8 pars for an extremely well played -2. Aneka’s final round started on a high note when she holed out her approach shot on the first hole for an eagle-2. She birdied the next two holes to be at -4 through three holes. You can’t start much better than that. She played well all week, but her aggregate front nine score was -5, so Aneka was clearly pretty comfortable with those holes.
Aneka had 1 eagle, 9 birdies (tie Buckeye high), 39 pars (Buckeye high) and 4 bogeys (Buckeye low). Although her par-3 scoring was ‘meh’. Aneka was 4th in par-4 scoring and 2nd in par-5 scoring in the field.
Yukie had early mastery of the course. In her opening round she was +1 through five holes, then played the balance of her round in -4. She backed that up in her 2nd round with 7 pars and 1 birdie in her opening eight holes. With a field average of 76.6 strokes, Yukie bested that by 4.6 strokes per round.
Yukie had 9 birdies (tie Buckeye high), 36 pars and 9 bogeys. Yukie tied for 2nd place in par-4 scoring. That’s a very good metric to own. Yukie was the only Buckeye not to have a double bogey. That’s also a good metric to own. This is two consecutive events (108 holes) where Yukie has no score higher than a bogey. That’s astonishing!
Adeena was uncannily consistent in her play. In each round she was +/- 1 birdie, bogey and par from round to round. With a high round of +3, she was consistently good. Adeena did have a nice start/finish to her opening round; she began play on hole #2 with a birdie and concluded her round with a birdie on #1. Always a nice way to bookend a round of golf.
Adeena had 8 birdies. 33 pars and 11 bogeys.
Lauren squeezed in stretched of very solid play in each of her rounds. In her opening round, she had a span of 7 consecutive pars followed by an eight hole stretch of -2. In her second round, she had a seven hole stretch of -2. In her final round, Lauren had a six hole stretch of -2.
Lauren had 6 birdies, 35 pars and 11 bogeys.
Skylar had the 2nd most pars of the Buckeyes. She had a nice run of 10 consecutive pars in her opening round followed by a 13 pars in 15 holes stretch in her 2nd round. She was par or better in 42 of her 54 holes. Her 3 doubles were a downer, but when you can make par after par as Skylar did, you can live with it.
Skylar had 4 birdies, 38 pars and 11 bogeys.
Sofia’s first two rounds each had fourteen holes of par or better, good golf by any measure, to score +3 each round. In the final round, Sofia was just off a bit with eight bogeys. She had nothing higher than bogey in her final two rounds, but struggled to convert bogeys to pars. Still, Sofia finished 3rd in the 12 player Individual field, so it was a solid performance for her.
Sofia had 4 birdies, 34 pars and 15 bogeys.
After getting off to a fast start in their opening round, they settled into some fairly consistent golf in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. In fact, the scoring improvement from 2nd to 3rd round was probably Aneka’s eagle.
We have statistics
For the event, Ohio State played the par-3s in 3.15 strokes, +9 to par, ranking them 3rd in that category. They played the par-4s to 4.09 (+14), ranking 2nd and the par-5’s to 4.96 (-1).
They were 2nd in pars (181), 4th in the field in birdies (36) and one of four teams to record an eagle (Aneka).
With a course this short, less than 6,100 yards, the layout typically is somewhat tight, which puts a premium on accuracy. The Buckeyes were sharp with their ball striking to hit the ball where they aimed it, which can be surprisingly difficult. Their high level of performance in the par-3 and par-4 scoring reflect this. This was Ohio State’s 2nd best per-round scoring in the seven stroke play events this season.