CLE ELUM, Wash. – The Ohio State women’s golf team battled to the end but saw its bid to advance to NCAA Championships come up just short at the Buckeyes finished in seventh place at the NCAA Cle Elum Regional Wednesday at Tumble Creek Golf Club. The Buckeyes, who went 1-under par as a team in the final round, made a charge late on the back nine to come in at 11-over for the tournament, one back of UCF, who earned the final spot at NCAA Championships next week in Fayetteville, Ark.
The Buckeyes’ season concludes with their 25th-consecutive NCAA Regional appearance and 18th Big Ten championship in program history. However, freshman Aneka Seumanutafa carded a 1-under 71 in the final round to tie for seventh at the Cle Elum Regional and will advance as an individual to the NCAA Championships.
“I was so proud of the effort of the Buckeyes today,” Therese Hession, Ohio State head coach and director of golf, said. “It was a valiant effort just falling short. We are excited for Aneka’s opportunity at the national championship!”
The Emmitsburg, Md., native made four birdies in the final round on the way to her third-consecutive round under par at the Regional. Sophomore Yukie Sasaki also had a phenomenal final round, using four birdies and an eagle, her second of the tournament, on the par-4 third hole, to record an even-par 72 to tie for 15th.
Senior and 2019 Big Ten co-medalist Niki Schroeder also had a strong final round, tallying three birdies and a closing eagle on the par-5 18th to notch a 1-under 71 Wednesday to tie for 44th. Two freshmen, Skylar Thompson and Lauren Peter each tied for 69th as Thompson made four birdies en route to a 1-over 73 and Peter birdied a pair for a 5-over 77.
Ohio State was the best in the 18-team field in par-3 scoring at 5-over while making three eagles, also the most in the Regional. The Buckeyes’ 44 birdies were the fourth-most in the field. Individually, Peter tied for third in par-3 scoring at even-par while Sasaki’s two eagles were the most in the field and Schroeder’s one eagle tied for second.
7th Team 293-295-287-874 (+11)
T-7th – Aneka Seumanutafa 70-70-71-211 (-5)
T-15th – Yukie Sasaki 69-76-72-217 (+1)
T-44th – Niki Schroeder 77-75-71-223 (+7)
T-69th – Lauren Peter 77-74-77-228 (+12)
T-69th – Skylar Thompson 77-78-73-228 (+12)