(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Dept. I love this pic. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat.)

The Ohio State Men’s Golf team wrapped up its Fall schedule Monday-Tuesday at the Quail Valley Intercollegiate. The event is a field of 15 teams and had the format of “play 5, score 4.” The schedule was 36 holes on Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday.

The course, Quail Valley Golf Club (Vero Beach, FL) is 7,350 yards long and played to a par of 72. At that length, it’s a lot of golf course. I imagine the players (and coaches) slept well after walking it twice on Monday.

The 15 team field consisted of:

#38 Arkansas, Indiana, Jacksonville, #39 Kansas, #22 Liberty, McNeese, Memphis, #43 Michigan State, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi State, #37 North Florida, North Texas, Notre Dame, Ohio State, West Virginia.

The Buckeyes that participated:

1 — Will Grimmer | So. | 70.11 avg. — 9 rounds
5 — Caleb Ramirez | So. | 73.67 avg. — 6 rounds
2 — Daniel Wetterich | So. | 73.22 avg. — 9 rounds
3 — Addison Coll | Sr. | 75.00 avg. — 9 rounds
4 — Clark Engle | Sr. | 76.67 avg. — 6 rounds

So, there’s the set-up. How’d it go?

Recap:

The Buckeyes finished the three day event in 11th place, with a team total of 871, +7 to par, placing them in 11th place. They had a great opening round of 280 (-8) that placed them in a tie for 3rd place. So far, so good. The 2nd round got away from them; their afternoon round of 293 (+5) was not one of the better rounds but the Buckeyes sat at -3 and in a tie for 7th place after 36 holes. The final round on Tuesday was… ugly. Their score of 298 (+10) for the round dropped them 4 positions to 11th place.

Ohio State was led in scoring by Clark Engle with a 212 (-4). Caleb Ramirez shot a 217 (+1),  Dan Wetterich  220 (+4),  Will Grimmer 225 (+9) and Addison Coll  also at 225 (+9). Clark’s score also placed him in a T-15th in the 75 golfer field.

 

Clark Engle

Clark shrugged off a poor performance in his previous event to have an excellent event; -4 to par and a top 15 finish. This is the type of round that Clark needed, as a “senior statesman” to reinforce that he is a team leader on this squad.  He had a three day period of really great golf. I was really glad to see this.

Caleb Ramirez

Caleb was -3 for his first two rounds, but stumbled a bit on his final round. He led the team in birdies, and has extended his stretch of being a reliable top scorer for the Buckeyes. Now, he needs to work on consistency; he had two nearly flawless rounds, but couldn’t extend to the 3rd round.

Daniel Wetterich

Daniel had a fairly well played tournament. An eagle-3 powered an even par opening round, and he just sort of hung around with his following two rounds of +2, each. This was steady, well played golf by Daniel. I think this was a good launching point for a good Spring session for Daniel.

Will Grimmer

Will had a steady opening even par round, but he had two double bogeys on each of his 2nd and 3rd rounds to really take any steam out of possibility of going under par.  His 1st (72) and 3rd (75) rounds were pretty decent, but a 2nd round (78) really hurt his score.

Addison Coll

Addison had a very nice opening round of 71 (-1), but just couldn’t sustain anything after that, shooting 77 in both 2nd and 3rd rounds.

 

Thoughts:

Ohio State rang up 57 birdies for the three rounds, placing them in T-4th in this category. That’s pretty good shot-making. They also scored 152 pars to help their cause. On the other hand, they had 18 bogeys and 4 double bogeys.

The Buckeyes played the par-3’s to an average of 3.07, +4 to par, ranking them 2nd in the field. That is exceptionally good shot making. They played the par-4’s to 4.23, +35 to par, ranking them 15th. (Since 10 of the 18 holes were par-4’s, this one hurt.) They played the par-5’s to an average of 4.67, -20 to par, ranking them 7th. They did a fairly good job of scoring on the “scoring”holes, the par-3’s and par-5’s. Unfortunately, they did far worse on the par-4’s, which make up a majority of the course.

This should be an interesting interregnum for the team. Despite some uneven play in several events, I thought there were stretches of really good golf. Clark had  stretches where he didn’t have his game, then played extremely well in this event. Will was fairly steady throughout the Fall schedule. Caden and Jeg had limited appearances, but performed well while thy were on the course. Caleb’s game improved as the Fall progressed. Daniel, along with Will, emerged as the team’s workhorses.

I think there is a good bit of talent that has emerged these past two months. Coaches Moseley and Smith will be busy over the holidays. An area of attention probably is consistency of play; with a young’ish team, you’ll have inconsistent play. Here’s an example; Caleb had 14 birdies, ranking him in top 6 in that category. Clark had 13 birdies, placing him in top 12. Addison, Will and Daniel had 10 birdies each (Daniel also had an eagle) placing them in the top half. They guys can go low. On the other hand, they also scored 11 double bogeys and 2 triple and 1 quadruple bogey. There’s 32 strokes given back to par right there.  A lot of really good work was undone.

That wraps up the Fall session for OSUMG. They return to Florida in February for the Big Ten Match Play Championship in Palm Coast Florida on February 9th-10th.

Go Buckeyes!

Here’s the final scoring for the Buckeyes.

Quail Valley Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total To Par
Team 280 293 298 871 7
Clark Engle 68 72 72 212 -4
Caleb Ramirez 69 70 78 217 1
Daniel Wetterich 72 74 74 220 4
Will Grimmer 72 78 75 225 9
Addison Coll 71 77 77 225 9