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

Above, Will rotating through a tee shot.

Here’s tournament and round 1 information. Here’s round 2 recap. On to the final round.

(Ed note: a bit late with recap; my nephew and I took in a Penguins-Sabres game Tuesday evening. Yeah, about that…)

Recap:

Ohio State shot a team score of 283 (-5) to move up two positions to T-7th place. This was a 4 stroke improvement over their 2nd round, which was a 3 stroke improvement over their opening round. In the final round, Ohio State was paired with Kennesaw State, Coach Jay Moseley’s former team. The Buckeyes prevailed by 3 strokes in the round and by one stroke overall. Jay Moseley had a good day…

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 1st hole, so let’s pick up the action from there…

Will Grimmer

Remember in the round 1 recap I mentioned that Will had a few rounds in the 60’s? Add one more round to that total. He just curb-stomped the course with 4 birdies and an eagle en route to his 67 (-5). His only “blemish” was a bogey on the 466 yard, par-4 7th hole. The 7th hole is the longest par-4 on the course and ranked the 2nd toughest (to par) hole during the tournament. No shame there. Will’s 67 tied for low score of the round. Very impressive.

Daniel Wetterich

Daniel recorded his third consecutive round of 71 (-1) on Tuesday. For the second consecutive round, Daniel carded 3 birdies/2 bogeys. Daniel is making this game look so easy that Julius Boros would be proud. His three day score tied him for 19th place. Definitely something to build on.

Clark Engle

For the second consecutive round, Clark  had a score of 75 that was comprised of 3 birdies, 3 bogeys and a triple bogey. In three rounds, Clark had 11 birdies (2nd on team) and 31 pars. Frankly, he deserved  lot better than his overall score of +6 for the tournament. He played much better than that.

Caden Orwiler

Caden dropped in 4 birdies and 4 bogeys to card his 71. Again, no drama with this young man. He’s played all three rounds with nothing higher than a bogey. That is a well managed game.

Jeg Coughlin III

Jeg followed his 2nd round 69 with an impressive even par score on his front nine. In fact, Jeg was even par through 12 holes… then #13 happened.. a triple bogey 7 on the 434 yard par-4, 14th. Ugh. Jeg finished with style with birdies on his last 2 holes to come in at 74 (+2). Still, his overall score tied him for 19th place overall – a very good outing.

Jack Mancinotti

Competing as an Individual, Jack teed off on hole #10. Unfortunately, after two well played rounds (73-74) things unraveled in the 3rd round. After eight holes, he had 3 bogeys, a double bogey and a triple bogey and sat at +8 to par. Jack did respond by stringing together 3 consecutive birdies. However, a 3 hole stretch of +4 to par followed, which in turn was followed by three holes of -1 to par. The final round was pretty disappointing, but those rounds are going to happen. Jack should keep his perspective and build his play on his two solid opening rounds.

Buckeye Scores:

Linger Longer Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total To Par
Team 290 287 283 860 -4
Will Grimmer 80 74 67 221 5
Daniel Wetterich 71 71 71 213 -3
Clark Engle 72 75 75 222 6
Caden Orewiler 77 73 71 221 5
Jeg Couglin III 70 69 74 213 -3
Jack Mancinotti 73 74 81 228 12
2 -1 -5 -4

 

We have Stats

In the 3rd round, the Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average of 3.05, +1 to par. For the tournament, they averaged 3.15, +9 to par, ranking them 3rd.  For the round, they played the par-4s to 4.07, +5 to par. For the tournament, they averaged 4.11, +17 to par, ranking them 5th. In the third round they averaged 4.60 on the par-5’s, -8 to par. For the tournament they averaged 4.73, -16 to par, ranking them 11th. They were as many strokes under par in the third round as the first two rounds combined.

Ohio State had 59 pars on the round, a total of 170 for the tournament. They placed 1st in this category. They scored 17 birdies in the round, and 46 for the tournament, placing them 11th. They did have a 3rd round eagle (Will) and finished the tournament with 3, T-3.

Thoughts:

They Buckeyes cleaned up their scoring from the 1st to the 2nd round. They went from a 1st round of 22 bogeys, 2 double bogeys and 1 triple bogey to a 2nd round of 11 bogeys and only 1 double and 1 triple. Their 3rd round nearly matched their 2nd round; two consecutive rounds of better “controlled” golf is something to build upon, especially for a young team.

Yesterday I mentioned that “You can’t stop him (Will), you can only hope to contain him.”. Will’s third round 67 indicates that he broke containment.

They started their round very strong; they were -5 through 9 holes. In fact, through 12 holes they were -9 until a few late round give backs occurred. Part of the teaching/learning process is mitigating “big number” holes (double-triple bogeys). his team is proving to itself that it can score with birdies and pars. They are so close…

Up Next

The Buckeyes travel to Kannapolis, NC for the Cabarrus County Irish Creek Intercollegiate. The event is scheduled April 8th – 9th.

Go Buckeyes!