SUNSET, S.C. – Three Buckeyes rank in the Top 10 and the Ohio State women’s golf team sits third at 8-under after the opening round of the Clemson Invitational Friday at The Reserve at Lake Keowee. Ohio State is three strokes behind Furman and Michigan State after both teams opened with an 11-under 277.
The opening-round 280 was the best opening-round score of the year for the Buckeyes and the second-best overall behind a second-round 278 at the Westbrook Spring Invitational Feb. 25.
Junior Niki Schroeder and senior Rio Watanabe sit in a tie for sixth after opening the tournament with a 3-under 69. The score marked the second-best scores of the season for each of the Buckeye veterans. Schroeder carded five birdies against two bogeys while Watanabe tallied two birdies, an eagle on the Par-4 sixth and just one bogey in her opening round.
Sophomore Adeena Shears is in a tie for 10th after notching three birdies en route to a 2-under 70 while junior Jaclyn Lee is tied for 23rd after an even-par 72.
Sophomore Alex Wright birdie two of her last six holes to finish in a tie for 54th after a 3-over 75 and freshman Sofia Seldemirova, competing as an individual, is tied for 61st with a 4-over 76 in the opening round.
As a team, the Buckeyes tied for the best score on the Par-3’s at 3-under, played the Par’4’s at even-par, the third-best of any team, and also notched the third-most pars of any team with 61.
Individually, Watanabe tied for second in Par-4 scoring at 2-under while tallying one of just four eagles on the opening day of play. Watanabe and Shears each tied for fifth with 14 pars on the day.
3rd Team 280 (-8)
T-6th – Niki Schroeder 69 (-3)
T-6th – Rio Watanabe 69 (-3)
T-10th – Adeena Shears 70 (-2)
T-23rd – Jaclyn Lee 72 (E)
T-54th – Alex Wright 75 (+3)
T-61st – Sofia Seldemirova (Ind.) 76 (+4)
Second-round play begins with tee times at 8 a.m. Saturday.