COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three members of the Ohio State women’s golf team have been Big Ten Golfers to Watch for the 2019-20 season, the conference office announced Wednesday. Yukie Sasaki, Aneka Seumanutafa and Skylar Thompson, Ohio State’s honorees for the upcoming season, and the rest of the Buckeyes will open their season at the Inverness Women’s Collegiate at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, Sept. 16-17.
Sasaki, an OSU Scholar-Athlete a season ago, was one of two Buckeyes to compete in all 12 events. A native of Hiroshima, Japan, Sasaki tied for the team high with 34 rounds played, 26.5 counting toward the team tally. Sasaki ranked third on the team with a 75.1 scoring average, totaling four rounds under par, including one in the 60’s, and two at even par. Sasaki notched three Top 25 finishes, including a tie for 14th with a 2-over 218 at the Bryan National Collegiate March 29-31.
Seumanutafa earned WGCA Second Team All-America and Golfweek Third Team All-America honors for the 2018-19 season after joining the Buckeyes in January. The 2019 Big Ten Freshman of the Year was named first team All-Big Ten, the conference’s Mary Fossum Award winner and a member of the Big Ten All-Championships team. A three-time Big Ten Golfer of the Week, Seumanutafa competed in nine events, playing 26 rounds with 22.5 counting toward the team tally and three more as an individual at NCAA Championships. The Emmitsburg, Md., native led Ohio State, ranked ninth nationally and second among all freshmen with a 72.0 scoring average, carding six rounds in the 60’s, 10 under par and one at even-par. Seumanutafa placed in the Top 25 in all but one event, earning five Top 10 finishes and three in the Top 5, winning the Westbrook Spring Invitational with a 12-under 204 Feb. 24-25 and earned a spot as an individual at NCAA Championships after tying for seventh at the NCAA Cle Elum Regional May 6-8.
Thompson also joined the Buckeyes midway through the year, competing in five events after transferring from the University of South Carolina. A native of Buford, Ga., Thompson played 14 rounds with 6.5 counting toward the team total and another six as an individual. Thompson tallied a 76.0 scoring average with one even-par round, a final-round 72 to tie for 24th at Big Ten Championships April 21.