October 16, 2021

Day 2 at Tar Heel Invite — Buckeyes Move Up in Chapel Hill


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – After 36 holes at the Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the Buckeyes are 15th with 18 holes to play Sunday. Ohio State shot 291 Saturday, cutting seven shots from its opening-round score Friday.

Freshman Jillian Bourdage remains 1-under for the event after a par 72 Saturday. She is tied for 23rd individually after 36 holes in the 54-hole event.

Faith Choi, another freshman, carded a par 72 Saturday, one of three Buckeyes to shoot par on the day, to remain (+2) after 36 holes. She is tied for 45th with 18 to play.

Aneka Seumanutafa also shot par at the UNC Finley Golf Course Saturday to enter the final round at (+3) after 36 holes.

Competition resumes with 18 holes Sunday. Play will begin with a shotgun start at 8:45 a.m.

  • Ohio State’s lineup this week consists of Aneka Seumanutafa, Jillian Bourdage, Kristin Jamieson, Faith Choi and Skylar Thompson. It is the first event of the year for Thompson.
  • The Buckeyes recently completed play at the Barbara Nicklaus Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. The unique event paired men’s and women’s teams from Arizona State, Auburn, Florida State and Ohio State in both mixed foursome and singles matches. FSU claimed the inaugural title in the event. For more go HERE.
  • Rachel Rohanna, who starred with the Buckeyes from 2010-12, was awarded a card for the LPGA Tour in 2022 after finishing in the Top 10 on the Symetra Tour money list in 2021. For more on Rohanna’s accomplishments go HERE.
  • The Buckeyes are participating in the Folds of Honor program this year to honor military heros lost or wounded in action. Each week a member of the Buckeyes will carry a bag that will be auctioned after the spring season to benefit the Folds of Honor program. This week Faith Choi will carry the designated golf bag at the Tar Heel Invitational. The player carrying the bag each week will be indicated by (FOH) on the tournament graphics.
  • The Buckeyes opened the fall season at the Wolverine Invitational Sept. 13-14. Ohio State finished tied for the No. 9 spot with Seumanutafa leading the way at +3 and tied for eighth individually.
  • Ohio State returns its Top 5 scorers from last year: Kristin Jamieson, Lauren Peter, Aneka Seumanutafa, Skylar Thompson and Kailie Vongsaga. Seumanutafa led the way (72.53) and was a First Team All-Big Ten selection in the spring of 2021.
  • Jillian Bourdage and Emily Hummer sat out last season as redshirts. The Buckeyes added transfer Alexis Phadungmartvorakul from Oregon along with true freshman Faith Choi of Frederick, Maryland.
  • Seumanutafa, Peter, Vongsaga, Jamieson and Thompson played in all seven events a year ago.
  • This week is the final of four fall events.
  • The Buckeyes posted back-to-back rounds under par to finish tied for the No. 6 spot at the Mason Rudolph Championship in Franklin, Tennessee (Sept. 24-26). The Buckeyes shot 2-under as a team for a score of 286 on the final day after posting a 1-under 287 in Round 2 of the event. Ohio State carded and 866 (293-287-286/+2) over the three-day event. The two team rounds under par were the first for Lisa Strom as head coach of the Buckeyes.
  • Seumanutafa leads the Buckeyes with a 71.0 scoring average over the first six rounds of the season. She has scored in the 60’s twice and has shot four rounds below par. Bourdage is second with a 72.83 average with two subpar rounds to date. Both Seumanutafa and Bourdage have had all six of their rounds count toward the team score so far this fall.
  • In addition to the fall team schedule, three Ohio State individuals will participate in the Dayton Flyer Invitational Oct. 18-19. The event will be played at the NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio. Alexis Phadungmartvorakul, Emily Hummer and Kailie Vongsaga will compete for Ohio State. Follow along HERE.
  • The Spring portion of the Ohio State schedule gets underway with Big Ten Match Play (Jan. 31-Feb. 1) in Palm Harbor Florida.
  • The weather forecast for the Tar Heel Invitational calls for partly cloudy skies, a slight chance of rain and temperatures in the mid-80’s Friday. Rain and 70’s is expected Saturday with sun and 60’s on Sunday.
Tar Heel Invitational Final
15thOhio State298-291-289=878+14
T21Aneka Seumanutafa75-72-68=215-1
T26Faith Choi74-72-70=216E
T35Jillian Bourdage71-72-75=218+2
T81Skylar Thompson78-75-76=229+13
87Kristin Jamieson78-76-77=231+15
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