(Team photo and tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Dept and Big Ten.. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Birdiefire.)
The Ohio State Men’s Golf is island hopping to the Puerto Rico Classic Sunday through Tuesday. Here’s the course/event set-up and round 1 results. On to round 2…
That’s the set-up. How’d it go?
Ohio State shot a team score of 292 (+4) in the 2nd round. This dropped the Buckeyes to 8th position.
Will Grimmer led the Buckeyes this round with a well played round of 70 (-2). Caden Orweiler 72 (E) had his 2nd consecutive round at/under par. Clark Engle 74 (+2) contributed to the team score. One or the other of Daniel Wetterich 76 (+4) or Caleb Ramirez 76 (+4) contributed to the team score as well.
Clark started on hole #5 and through his first seven holes was -1 to par. A double bogey on his 8th hole stalled his round a bit but he birdied the next hole to be even par through 9 holes. He had 3 bogeys and a birdie on his back nine to finish at +2.
Caden’s round began on the 4th hole. He struggled bit with bogeys on holes #9 and #10 to sit at +1. But “struggle” is a relative term; he got control of his game and was -2 through his next ten holes. He bogeyed his final hole and finished with an impressive round of even par. Well done.
Daniel began his round on the 6th hole. For about the first hour it appeared that he was on Eastern Time and not Atlantic Time (1 hour ahead) because he slow-rolled into his round; +5 after 4 holes – not a good start at all. However, Daniel got his circadian rhythm down, carded 4 birdies and completed his final 14 holes in even par, for his +4, 76. After a dicey start, a great finish.
Will started his round on the 6th hole and except for one hole played extremely well. Will was -3 after 9 holes (hard to start much better than that). Actually, this was a great round by will (sub par rounds will do that). He had a double bogey 7 on the par-5 15th – maybe hit got tangled up in the trees left of the fairway. That stuff happens in golf, not really a big deal. The really big deal was Will’s 5 birdies that enabled him to play the other 17 holes in -4 to par. Seriously, that is outstanding golf.
Caleb began his round on the 7th hole and got off to a good start with three consecutive pars. When he made the turn onto the back nine, all hell broke loose; over a stretch of 6 holes, he was +5, “highlighted” by a triple bogey on the par-5 15th, the same hole that brought grief (and strokes) to Will. Fortunately, Caleb responded with 2 birdies on the back nine to close with a -1 over that stretch to salvage a 76.
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The Buckeyes again played the par-3s to an average of 3.10, +2 to par, ranking them 5th in the field in round 2. They played the par-4s to 4.02, +1 to par, ranking them T-4 in this category, a strokes to par improvement over round 1. They played the par-5s to 5.25, +5 to par, ranking them 15th (last). The par 5s are killing Ohio State this week.
Ohio State had 50 pars almost the same number from round 1, ranking them T-8th. For the second consecutive round, they scored 19 birdies, ranking them T-5th. If you’re going to be so-so in shooting pars, scoring a lot of birdies is a great way to compensate. The Buckeyes have a feel for this now.
This round, in contrast to the first round, really illustrates the vagaries of golf. The metrics from both rounds were about the same, certainly not a 3 stroke difference.The problem was in the “dispersion”. In the first round the “bad holes” (double bogey, triple bogey) were mostly incurred by two players, so OSU had three players making significant contributions to the team score. In the second round, these “bad holes” were spread among four players, so there was a flattening of scores. Quirky, isn’t it?
Despite slipping a couple of spots, there wasn’t that much of a difference between the two rounds. The Buckeyes just need to ply the par 5 holes a lot better than they’ve shown.
Round 3 of the Puerto Rico Classic on Tuesday. Please stop back for 2nd round recap Tuesday afternoon. Assuming I’m not golfing 😉