The Buckeyes concluded their 3rd round at the Carmel Cup by shooting a team score of 361 (+1) to finish their three-day event in 8th place. The 3-day team total of 1,081 was +1 to par. They couldn’t build upon their fine 2nd round play, but still finished in good form.
By “good form”, I mean:
- Three players (Will Grimmer (69), Daniel Wetterich (70), Addison Coll (71)) finished the round under par.
- For the 3-day event (par is 216), Will Grimmer (211) and Cade Orewiler (216) finished at par or better
- Will finished T-14 overall powered by back-to-back rounds in the 60’s. He was one of twelve players to have multiple rounds in the 60’s.
The Buckeye three round scores, below.
|Par 72||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total|
|Jeg Coughlin III||74||67||76||217|
Addison had a well played final round. He was -2 through his first 5 holes and had his score to -3 through #16. Two closing bogeys on #17/#18 put a damper on things, but his final round 71 was a marked improvement; a nice way to close out an event.
Josh had a nice front 9 going with a 36 (E) score, but things got a little sticky for him on the back side. Two double bogeys moved his back 9 score to 42 (+6) and he ended the day with a 78. This was a bit disappointing, since he was +2 through the first two rounds. Still, two solid rounds out of three is nice play for the season opener.
Will “The Thrill” ripped of 6 birdies (3 each side) enroute to his final round of 69 (-3). This was Will’s 2nd consecutive round of scoring in the 60’s. This was good enough to move him into T-14th place and to establish himself as a “scorer”. Hell of a tournament, Will.
Dan wrapped up his inaugural round as a Buckeye with 4 birdies/2 bogeys and a smooth subpar round of 70 (-2). He showed steady improvement throughout all three rounds (80-73-70) which is the way you want a player’s score to trend.
Jeg Coughlin III
Although Jeg couldn’t get his game up to speed in his final round with a 76 (+4), his 2nd round 67 (-5) showed a capability to score low numbers. His three round score of 217 (+1) placed him in 30th position. Pretty good scoring on a tough course for a young man who was playing high school golf a year ago.
Speaking of young men who played high school golf a year ago, Caden’s inaugural event was similar to Jeg’s. His 3-bogey final round gave him a closing 75, but, it did not diminish his 1st round score of 69 (-3). His three day total of 216 was even par for the event and 2nd on the team to Will Grimmer.
We Have Stats
So, statistically, how did the Buckeyes do at Pebble Beach? In par-3 scoring, they averaged 3.19, +14 to par for the event. This placed them in 8th place in this category. They lost a few strokes to the field, but considering that Pebble Beach has some brutal par-3’s, this is something to work on, but not a big concern. In par-4 scoring, they ranked 7th, at 4.11 average and +19 to par. In par-5 scoring, Ohio State averaged T-7 at 4.82, -13 to par. Interestingly, the Buckeyes played the shorter par-5’s on the front side to -14; on the back-side to +1. All par-5’s are not created equal.
In terms of to-par scoring, the metrics were pretty similar. Of 324 holes played, Ohio State had 1 eagle (thank you Daniel), 57 birdies (7th place) and 204 pars (4th place). They also had 47 bogeys. The killer was that they had 13 double bogeys and 2 triple bogeys. There were simply too many mistakes of this magnitude. They were behind 7th place #35 TCU by only 4 strokes, so some cleaner play would have made a difference.
Well, the 8th place finish wasn’t a surprise to me. It was OSU’s opening event of the season (somewhat mitigating factor), there were quite a few ‘new’ players (not that experienced, a somewhat mitigating factor) and three of the other competing teams are ranked within the top six teams in the country (a significant mitigating factor).
All in all, as a fan, a golfer and a “couch-coach”, I think this was a good event for the young Buckeyes. I know that in my round-by-round recaps, I’ve stressed ‘young’, as in inexperienced, but it is a real factor. I think this worked out well since it gave coaches Moseley and Smith a better feel of who can perform well under live-fire tournament conditions at this point, and just as importantly, what aspects of different individuals games need to be addressed. The Carmel Cup was a good ‘diagnostics’ for this team. This was a very worthwhile event for Ohio State Men’s Golf. My overall takeaway is quite positive.
The team’s next event is the Cincinnati Intercollegiate at Coldstream Country Club in Cincy, OH-(IO). The event is September 26/27. This gives the Buckeyes plenty of time to address what needs to be addressed. I’ll have recap/opinion for that event. This is going to be a good season.