(Team logo and event information courtesy of Ohio State Athletic Department. Event scoring and statistics courtesy of http://www.birdiefire.com)
The Buckeyes wrapped up The Bearcat Invitational on Tuesday in 2nd place (10 teams). It was a bittersweet event for Ohio State.It was a ‘good news – bad news’ two days in Cincinnati.
First the good news.On the bright side, Ohio State’s Will ‘The Thrill’ Grimmer was medalist, shooting a 3 round score of 207 (-6) to lead all golfers. Will cleared the second place finisher (Michael Sharp, Michigan State) by 4 strokes. Will used a birdie-3 on his last hole to move his final round score to an even par 71; he was par or better for all three rounds. Team mate Daniel Wetterich finished his tournament 215 (+2) to tie for 10th place.
Now for the bad news, such as it is… At the mid-point of the final round, the Buckeyes were -1 to par and held a 3 stroke lead over Michigan State. Things got derailed on the back 9; they shot a +8 to finish the event at +7 and in 2nd place. Meanwhile, the Spartans shot even par on the back 9 to overtake the Buckeyes.
Still, 2nd place is a good finish. Of the 6 “nines” played in the three rounds, the Buckeyes played well in 5 of them. Below are the individual scores for the Buckeyes.
|Par 71||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total||To Par|
Daniel got off to a great start with an 8-par, 1-birdie front 9 to make the turn at 1-under par 35. Things went off the rails a bit on his back nine, however, In a 5 hole stretch (#12-#16) he had a birdie and 4 bogeys. A par-par finish put him at +3 on the back nine, and 73 (+2) overall.
Caleb’s front 9 got off to an interesting start; par, bogey, eagle. After 3 holes he was -1 to par. That’s a heckuva way to do it. He was solid for the next three hours or so with 3 bogeys and 12 pars to shoot a 73 (+2). I imagine the bogey on #18 was annoying (you hate to end a round with a bogey – especially players this good) but it was a good final round performance by Caleb.
Addison couldn’t get his game on-track this round; nothing terrible, just nothing what he was looking for. He had a ‘clean’ round in that he scored nothing higher than a bogey, but he did score a lot of bogeys, 6, as well as a birdie. Addison shot a final round of 76 (+5).
Will sank a birdie putt on the 18th hole to move his score to even par 71 for the round. It was a solid 3-birdie, 3 bogey, 12 par day for ‘The Thrill’. Nothing traumatic… just move the ball down the fairway
Josh also couldn’t get his game to look sharp as he also scored 6 bogeys. He did grab 2 birdies early in his round to help things a bit. He was 1-under after 3 holes, then bogeyed just about every 3rd hole to finish the round. Josh shot a 76 (+5) for the round.
One of Josh’s birdies was hole #1. It was his 2nd birdie in three rounds. Give Josh this; he certainly knows how to start a round. I may need to hit him up for some 1st tee pointers.
Clark’s round was similar to Addison’s (above) and Josh’s (above) in that he just couldn’t get anything going. As did Addison, Clark had 6 bogeys, but he did spice things up with an eagle 3 on the par-5th 10th hole. Clark shot a 76 (+5) for the day..
A note on format. I appreciate that Will Grimmer winning medalist honors at the Bearcat Invitational is, as VP Biden would no doubt describe “a big effing deal!”. Indeed it is and Will should be accorded the recognition for his accomplishment. My philosophy in setting up article titles is that these golf events are a team sport, hence the primacy of reporting overall team performance/results.
To Par Performance
The Buckeyes actually weren’t that sharp in their par-3 play. Their average score was 3.21, 21 strokes over par, ranking them 6th. On the par 4’s they averaged 4.14, +28 to par, ranking them 3rd. On the par-5’s, Ohio State averaged 4.83, -9 to par, ranking them 2nd.
The par-3’s and par-5’s are the “scoring” holes; if you’re going to get birdies (or better) these are the holes to do it on. They were magnificent on the par-5’s. The par-3 play needs tightening up. To me, this indicates their iron games need tuned up. However, they did very well on the par-4’s, where solid iron play is required. I dunno, maybe they should just hit the ball off the turf on the par-3’s rather than teeing it up… just kidding.
Ohio State was 6th in pars (203; of 324 holes played). They were 4th in birdies (41) and led the field in eagles with 2! Interestingly enough, the Buckeyes scored both their eagles during their final round, which turned out to be their worst round.
I thought the Buckeyes played well in Cincinnati. For over 80% of their round they played solid tee-to-green golf. There has to be some measure of frustration after the third round. My guess this will further the players focus and provide helpful teaching points for coaches Moseley and Smith. At some point, the drives just are not in the fairway, the iron play is not as crisp and the putts aren’t dropping. That’s golf, folks.
The Buckeyes tee it up next on Oct. 2-4 in the Nike Collegiate Invitational at the storied Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.