May 18, 2020

Seumanutafa, Shears Recognized by Big Ten


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sophomore Aneka Seumanutafa and senior Adeena Shears, members of the Ohio State women’s golf team, have been recognized with postseason honors by the Big Ten, the conference office announced Monday. Seumanutafa garnered Second Team All-Big Ten honors while Shears was named the Buckeyes’ sportsmanship award honoree.

Seumanutafa, a First Team All-Big Ten selection, Big Ten Freshman of the Year and WGCA Second Team All-American a season ago, competed in all seven tournaments in the 2019-20 season. The Emmitsburg, Md., native counted 19 of her 21 rounds toward the team tally, with a team-high three rounder in the 60’s and 10 under par. Seumanutafa led the Buckeyes for the second year in a row with a 72.3 scoring average, earning a pair of Top 5 finishes, three in the Top 10 and five in the Top 25. She tied for fourth at the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational in October and placed fourth in the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational in March, the Buckeyes’ final tournament of the season before the COVID-19 shutdown.

A four-year letterwinner, Shears competed in 32 events as a Buckeye, helping Ohio State to a Big Ten championship in 2019 and NCAA Championships appearances in 2017 and 2018. Shears, who played 90 career rounds for the Buckeyes, completed 21 rounds in the 2019-20 season, tying for second on the team with a 73.9 scoring average. She posted one round in the 60’s, four under-par rounds to tie for second on the team and four rounds at even-par, the most on the team. The Parkersburg, W.Va., native is a two-time WGCA All-American Scholar, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten selection and earned her fourth OSU Scholar-Athlete honor last week.