(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. Here’s round 2 results…
Now, on to the 3rd and final round…
Ohio State lit up the course with a team score of 284 (-4) in the 3rd round. moving them up 3 spots to 5th place. This team score was the 2nd best shot in the final round.
Daniel Wetterich led the Buckeyes with a superb 8 (-4). Will Grimmer had a fine sub-par 71 (-1) and Clark Engle coasted in with a 72 (E). Caleb Ramirez 73 (+1) was the final contributor to the team score. Unfortunately, Caden Orewiler 76 (+4) struggled after two well played earlier rounds.
Clark started on hole #9 and furnished an entertaining, yet well played round. He stumbled with a double bogey on hole #12, then eagled the 15th hole to set things right. Clark did provide a stabilizing round of par golf for the team. This was a well played final round..
Caden’s round began on the 8th hole. Caden was an impressive -1 aggregate in his first two rounds. The third round was a horror show; 7 bogeys and a double bogey slumped his round. Fortunately, he had 3 birdies, which enabled him to break 80 for the day. Some days you get the course, other days the course gets you. This was the latter for Caden.
Daniel began his round on the 10th hole. He evidently had his circadian rhythm figured out. He was -1 through his first nine holes. After a bogey on hole #1 (his 10th hole), Daniel played his next eight holes in -4 (4 birdies) to absolutely scorch the front nine. In context, Daniel scored as many birdies in two ours as normally do in four rounds (16 hours) of golf. Good god…
Will started his round on the 8th hole with a birdie (always a good way to begin a round) and plugged along with four additional birdies and four bogeys for his round of 71 (-1).
Caleb began his round on the 11th hole and took about an hour and a half to get steadied. Over this seven hole stretch, he had a double bogey and was +3 to par – things weren’t looking up. A birdie on his next hole (hole #18) triggered a final run of -2 over his closing ten holes. Sometimes you respond to a bad hole and sometimes you don’t; Caleb did. Impressively.
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The Buckeyes again played the par-3s to an average of 3.30, +6 to par, ranking them 10th in the field in round 3. Not as good as previous rounds, but still, not too bad. They played the par-4s to 4.04, +2 to par, ranking them T-5 in this category. Not bad, and an improvement over the teams “clustered” around them to begin the round. They played the par-5s to 4.75, -55 to par, ranking them 5th. The improvement in par-5 scoring explains OSU’s success in the third round.
Ohio State had 48 pars, ranking them T-13th. They improved to score 20 birdies, ranking them 2nd. They also had an eagle (thank you, Clark) in the 3rd round.
Ohio State vastly improved their play on the par 5s. This is a good sign; of the “scoring Holes (par 3s and par 5s) they’d played the par 3s fairly well all three rounds and, finally, played the par 5s well in their final round. I don’t have a problem with Caden’s struggle in his final round. He had two good opening rounds and it is surprisingly difficult to string three “good” rounds together. His first two rounds were instrumental in OSU’s success in this event.
The Buckeyes have shown a capacity to “go low” with a lot of birdies. The next step with this young lineup is to manage their play away from the “bad” holes.
The Buckeyes get a few weeks off before heading down to Greensboro. GA for the Linger Longer Invitational. This event is scheduled Sunday March 19th – Tuesday March 21st.