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

Above, Jeg showing some good pitching form.

Here’s tournament and round 1 information. Let’s go to second round play., shall we?

Recap:

Ohio State shot a team score of 287 (-1) to move up three positions to 8th place. This was a 3 stroke improvement over their opening round, so clearly so adjustments were made. This puts Ohio State 2 strokes behind Coach Moseley’s former team, Kennesaw State. This should make fr an interesting final round on Tuesday.

Jeg Coughlin III and Daniel Wetterich led the Buckeyes with sub-par rounds of 69 (-3) and 71 (-1), respectively. Caden Orewiler’s 73 (+1) and Will Grimmer’s 74 (+2) rounded out the team scoring. Clark Engle shot a 75 (+3). In Individual play, Jack Mancinotti shot a 74 (+2).

The Buckeyes teed off on the 10th hole, so let’s pick up the action from there…

Will Grimmer

After stepping on landmines in his opening round, Will rounded back into form  with nines of 38-36. He provided some solid scoring, particularly on the back nine with OSU trying to hold on to its gains from the opening nine holes.

Daniel Wetterich

Daniel kept things under control on his opening nine holes with a birdie, a bogey and seven pars, making he turn in level par. After a bogey on #1, Daniel smoothed four consecutive pars. He livened things up with back-to-back birdies on #6-#7, then cruised home with two more pars. Daniel made the game look pretty easy.

Clark Engle

Clark had two birdies on his opening nine holes to make the turn at -1 to par. Through 13 holes, he was even par; a good round in the making. A triple bogey 7 on the 5th hole (lots of trees to the left)  stalled his game, but he recovered to play the next four holes in even par. Clark put together 17 solid holes and a hiccup. I’ll take that play any day.

Caden Orwiler

Caden’s was +1 after nine holes; a 1 stroke improvement over his first round. He matched 2 birdies with 2 bogeys for an even par back nine and a well played 73 (+1).

Jeg Coughlin III

Jeg absolutely scorched the course on Monday. Of his team leading 4 birdies, 3 were on his opening nine as he made the turn at -3. (Yowza!). His back nine consisted of 1 birdie, 1 bogey and 7 pars. Jeg absolutely had command of his game this round.

Jack Mancinotti

Competing as an Individual, Jack had his second consecutive solid round of golf. He spread 3 birdies and 5 bogeys over his round to shot a steady 37-37, 74. After two rounds, Jack sits in T-41 position of  84 golfers.

Buckeye Scores:

Linger Longer Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
Team 290 287 0 577
Will Grimmer 80 74 0 154
Daniel Wetterich 71 71 0 142
Clark Engle 72 75 0 147
Caden Orewiler 77 73 0 150
Jeg Couglin III 70 69 0 139
Jack Mancinotti 73 74 0 147

We have Stats

Ohio State had 63 pars, moving them up to 3rd after two rounds. This is a significant improvement over their first round. They scored 14 birdies, down one from the opening round, they sit in 12th position. No eagles today, but that’s okay. Nice job, Buckeyes.

After two rounds, the Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 3.20, +8 to par, ranking them 7th. They were +1 to par on the 2nd round, a much better performance. They played the par-4s to 4.12, +12 to par, ranking them T-7th after two rounds. They were only +3 on the par-4’s in the 2nd round, a dramatic improvement. After two rounds, they are averaging 4.80 on the par-5’s, -8 to par, ranking them 11th. They were only -2 in the 2nd round, but anything under par is still good.

Thoughts:

I mentioned after the first round that they needed to clean up their play;  22 bogeys, 2 double bogeys and 1 triple bogey aren’t going to work. I’m pretty sure that coaches Moseley and Smith expressed similar sentiments at the team dinner. The team responded with half as many bogeys and only one double and one triple. A much better “controlled” round by the Buckeyes.

After Will went “out of character” yesterday, he regained his form with a solid 74 (+2). Yesterday, I assured you that Will has this stuff covered. You can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him…

They started their round very strong, then for the most part maintained their momentum through the back nine. The only glitch was a triple bogey; probably the result of one swing that went awry. The team took over 180 swings on their back nine and had one, maybe two swings that weren’t “as envisioned”. That’s pretty damned good golf.

Up Next

The Buckeyes wrap things up on Tuesday’s final round, before they head back to Columbus. No need to linger any longer than needed.

Go Buckeyes!