(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. After shutting out Nebraska 6-0 in the Friday afternoon round-robin match, they faced Indiana in the Saturday afternoon match.
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.
That’s the set-up. How’d it go?
As they did Friday afternoon in the match against Nebraska, winning 6-0, coaches Moseley and Smith “Cried Havoc” with the same lineup and overwhelmed Indiana 4-1-1 in the Saturday afternoon round-robin match..
Jeg Coughlin III suffered his first loss of the event, losing 2-up. Clark Engle halved his match. Will Grimmer won his match, convincingly, 8&7. Caden Orweiler won his match 5&3. Caleb Ramirez won his match 6&4 and Daniel Wetterich won his 3&2.
Jeg Coughlin III
Jeg was all square through five holes, then went 2-down over the next two holes, as his opponent went birdie-birdie. Jeg was 1-down through 17 holes, needing to birdie his last hole of the match, a long par 3. He didn’t, his opponent did – match. Jeg’s round of 75 was well played, he had nothing worse than a bogey on his card.
Clark was all square through three holes in his match, but started to have the match slip away from him. Through 13 holes, he was 3-down with 5 holes to play. However, Clark won the next two holes to pull to within 1-down, then won the 18th hole of the match to square the match. That was clutch play coming down the stretch.
Will absolutely blistered his opponent in his 8&7 win. Will had 40 strokes in the 11 hole match. That is unbelievably good. He did not lose a hole in his match; that’s also unbelievably good.
Jack sat this match out.
Caden had another dominant performance, winning his match 5&3. Caden was 2-down through six holes. Then he went “unconscious”; he won 6/halved 2 of the next eight holes to put the match away. In that span, Caden went from 1-down to 5-up. In this stretch, he had seven “3’s” on his card! In his final 9 holes, he was 6 under par. Good god, that is lights out golf…
Caleb dropped the hammer on his opponent, winning 6&4.won the first hole of his match and never trailed. Sitting at 4-up through 10 holes, Caleb birdied 3 consecutive holes to move the match to 5-up with 5 to go (dormie 5). extend the parred the next hole to go up 4 holes with 3 to play. A par on the next hole won it, and the match, for Caleb.
Daniel’s match was all square through seven holes. He worked to get a 3-up advantage with 3 holes to play, then closed out his match with a par on the 16th hole. Although he had a couple holes get away from him, Daniel strung together 10 consecutive pars which provided his opponent no room for error. This was a well played “match play” round by Daniel
Josh sat this match out.
This should be one happy, confident golf team right now. After dropping their opening match on Friday morning, the Buckeyes have rolled through their next two round-robin matches. Yes, the last two opponents (Nebraska, Indiana) may not scare any national powers, but the fact remains that Ohio State played exceptionally well these two matches. A lot of opponents would have been taken down by Ohio State’s level of play.
One encouraging thing I took from theses matches is that there are a few gunslingers on this team. There were several matches where Buckeyes absolutely blew out their opponents. It’s good to see a little bit of an ‘edge’ to this team.
Coach Moseley and Coach Smith went with the same lineup for their last two matches; ones that they convincingly won. It looks like a core is starting to form for upcoming “play five, count four” events.
The Buckeyes head (further) south to compete in the Puerto Rico Classic from February 19th through February 21st. The event will be at the Rio Mar Country Club and Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.