(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Dept and Big Ten.. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat.)
The Ohio State Men’s Golf teed it up for the Big Ten Match Play Championship Friday and Saturday. They lot their first match against Rutgers, 4-2. The next match Friday afternoon was against Nebraska.
The course, Hammock Beach Resort (Palm Coast, FL) was set up at 7,183 yards long and played to a par of 72.
This is a “travel 8, play 6” match play format. Each school has a travel roster of up to eight players. In terms of play, the matches will be six-on-six. Ohio State (#6 seed) plays Rutgers (#11) in the first match on Friday morning. The first round will be played on Friday, February 10th and the second round on Saturday the 11th.
The 11 team field consisted of: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers.
The Buckeyes that made the trip to Palm Coast were: Jeg Coughlin III, Clark Engle, Will Grimmer, Jack Mancinotti, Caden Orweiler, Caleb Ramirez, Daniel Wetterich and Josh Wick.
So, there’s the set-up. How’d it go?
Unlike the Friday morning session against Rutgers, coaches Moseley and Smith let slip the dogs of war against Nebraska, winning 6-0. This was complete dominance by Ohio State.
Jeg Coughlin III won his match 1up. Clark Engle won his 5&4. Will Grimmer won his 2&1. Caden Orweiler won his 6&5. Caleb Ramirez won his match 4&3 and Daniel Wetterich won his 4&3.
Jeg Coughlin III
Jeg won his second match of the day by winning the afternoon match 1-up. Jeg got out of the blocks fast, taking the lead on the match’s 1st hole (hole#15) with a birdie 3. However, his opponent flipped the script and held a narrow lead through most of the match. Down two holes with four to play, Jeg went birdie-birdie-par-par to win his match. He just hung around and played very well when he needed to. Nicely done, Jeg.
Clark grabbed the lead with a par 4 on the long 14th hole, then steadily extended the lead throughout the match. Sitting at 4-up and 5 to play, Clark closed out the match on the 14th hole of the match with a par on the 440 yard par-4 hole.
Will bounced back from his morning loss with a 2&1 win in the afternoon. With the match all square through 14 holes, Will won two of three holes to go 2-up through 17 holes and win the match.
Jack sat this match out.
Caden won his afternoon match 6&5. In both of Caden’s wins on Friday, he won each match 6&5. That’s just cold-blooded killer play. In the afternoon, he was 3-up after 3 holes, extended his lead to 5-up after 10 holes and walked off the course after 13 holes. Great job, Caden. Impressive as hell.
Caleb won the first hole of his match and never trailed. Sitting at 3-up through 14 holes, Caleb parred the next hole to go up 4 holes with 3 to play. That was a great start to the season.
Daniel rebounded from his morning loss with a solid win in the afternoon 4&3. The match started with even play with both players -2 to par through four holes and the match all square. Daniel gradually extended his lead to 4-up through 14 holes, then matching pars on the 15th hole earned the win for Daniel.
Josh sat this match out.
This afternoon match was well earned by Ohio State. After the morning upset by lower seeded Rutgers, the Buckeyes needed an afternoon of solid play. Not sure what the coaches discussed with the players between matches, but Ohio State put together a very nice round of match play. By about the 11th – 12th holes of these matches, this outcome was settled. Ohio State was in complete control; it was just a matter of seeing what the final body count would be. This had to be encouraging for the team since I thought it mixed different types of play. You had players like Caleb, Caden and Clark absolutely blast their opponents from the opening holes. Then you had player like Jeg and Will who just managed to hang with their opponents until the final few holes where they made the quality shots to win their matches.
On to Saturday’s matches! Go Buckeyes!