Team Photo and tournament information courtesy Ohio State University Athletic Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy Golfstat.)

Coming off a 2nd place finish in the Bearcat Invitational, the Ohio State men’s team is back into action in Ft. Worth, Texas at the Nike Collegiate Invitational. The event runs Sunday October 2nd through Tuesday October 4th. It will be played upon historic Colonial Country Club. Yep, (Ben) Hogan’s Alley.

 

Course:

Colonial Country Club, Ft. Worth, TX. The yardage will be 7,209, with par at 70. Course rating is 75.1 and Slope Rating is 138.(That’s a lot of golf course for a par of 70. With those slope ratings, this is a tough course to navigate.).

 

Schedule:

Eighteen holes per day, played over three days; Sunday – Tuesday.

 

Format:

Play 5, count 4. Our standard team format.

 

Field:

Fifteen teams:  They are listed alphabetically; the  number preceding the team is their Golfstat ranking.

Arizona
No. 9 Clemson
No. 22 Duke
No. 10 Florida
No. 3 Georgia
Ohio State
No. 17 Oklahoma
No. 21 Oregon
No. 5 Stanford
TCU
No. 1 Texas
No. 8 USC
No. 6 Vanderbilt
No. 19 Wake Forest
No. 24 Washington

This is a pretty tough field. Of the 15 teams, 12 are within Golfstat’s Top 25. The Buckeyes may not win this loaded event, but I expect a solid performance from Ohio State, because…

 

Buckeyes: 

1 – Will Grimmer | So. | 69.67 avg. – 6 rounds
2 – Daniel Wetterich | So. | 73.00 avg. – 6 rounds
3 – Addison Coll | Sr. | 74.33 avg. – 6 rounds
4 – Clark Engle | Sr. | 74.00 avg. – 3 rounds
5 – Caleb Ramirez | So. | 74.33 avg. – 3 rounds

This is the same lineup that finished 2nd at the Bearcat Invitational. In last yer’s Nike Collegiate (played at a different course, Clark Engle finished in T-5th place (among 75 golfers). So, no pressure Clark, but you know what you have to do this week…

 

First Round:

Early in the round, the Buckeyes were in 5th place and looked very solid. However, as the round progresses, the Buckeyes didn’t. They finished Round 1 at 292 (+12) to sit in 14th place. This was not a good day for Ohio State. Will Grimmer (71) led Ohio State in scoring. The other team scores were Addison Coll (73). Caleb Ramirez (73) and Daniel Wetterich (75). Clark Engle’s score (79) did not count towards team score.

 

Will Grimmer

Will took the “Thrill” out of his round with a fairly even-keeled 1 birdie/2 bogey/15 par performance. This is the kind of round that takes the pressure off the coaches, who have the players spread out over a mile of terrain. When a player is in control like this, attention can be diverted to other players.

 

Daniel Wetterich

Daniel was even par through his first 6 holes. Although he did incur a double bogey and 3 bogeys, Daniel did string together two stretches of par-par-par to finish with a strong 75 (+4). A very nice start for the sophomore.

 

Addison Coll

Addison was -1 through his first 10 holes; no small accomplishment at Colonial. He then strung 3 bogeys, 3 pars before he capped off his round with a birdie-double bogey. A good finish and a very good opening round.

 

Clark Engle

Clark did not have a good round. He was in a rhythm, and not a sharp one today. Clark had runs of:4 pars, 4 bogeys,  2 pars, 2 bogeys, 2 pars, 2 bogeys, par and bogey. His score of 79 (+9) ranked him T-70th of 75 golfers after the first round. The Buckeyes need far better play from their senior.

 

Caleb Ramirez

Caleb shot a respectable 73 (+3) in his round. As a young, talented (sophomore) golfer, you’d expect some interesting runs, and Caleb did not disappoint. Caleb had a 5 hole stretch (#8 – #12) that he played in +1, without recording a par. He double-bogeyed his third to last hole, but finished birdie-birdie to end his round on an upbeat note. Oh, to be young and talented. Nice job, Caleb.

Thoughts:

The round started well for the Buckeyes, but deteriorated as the day progressed. The Buckeyes just did not “go low” with birdies on Sunday. Of the 90 holes played, OSU had 54 pars (ranking them 10th) and 9 birdies (13th).

Hopefully, after having played a competitive round at Colonial, the Buckeyes can convert some of the bogeys to pars and some of their pars to birdies over the next two rounds.

Here’s the 1st Round Buckeye scores.

Nike Collegiate Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
Team 292 0 0 292
Clark Engle 79 0 0 79
Daniel Wetterich 75 0 0 75
Will Grimmer 71 0 0 71
Caleb Ramirez 73 0 0 73
Addison Coll 73 0 0 73